This cookbook is a valuable resource for men and their families who would like to put these findings to practical use and help in maintaining a healthy prostate. --Yorkshire Post
With one man in the UK dying from prostate cancer every hour, this timely cookbook brings together the latest research on the prevention and treatment of the illness through diet. --Health & Fitness
It's a wonderful book, full of lovely recipes that I can't wait to try. Having a cook book like this is so useful when you find yourself with Prostate Cancer; your diet plays such an important role at this time and having these guidelines and interesting ideas will be extremely beneficial to myself and countless others. --Max Clifford
From the Author
World-wide, there are 670,000 diagnoses of prostate cancer every year yet, until now, there has been little or no specific dietary guidance for men at risk of the condition or its spread. As an active researcher in the prostate-cancer field, I knew that there was evidence in the literature from human studies that some foods or nutrients could affect disease risk and felt that such information should be made available to men that might be affected. I therefore initiated a project whereby two of my final-year nutrition/dietetic students researched the evidence published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature for a link between foods or nutrients and prostate cancer. This led to our drawing up of a set of evidence-based guidelines for men that might help reduce the risk or spread of prostate cancer: in fact my students produced an excellent small cookbook based on their research findings. The interest among our friends and family in this small book was such that after the girls graduated, we decided to approach the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) with the idea of developing the book into something that could be more useful to affected men and their families. Luckily the PCRF enthusiastically embraced the idea and generously financed us to further explore the research findings and translate them into real recipes incorporating those foods. We persuaded a publisher well-known for producing cookbooks incorporating `healthy-eating' principles (Kyle Cathie) to have faith in our idea and so the Prostate Care Cookbook was underway.
For each food or food component identified, we endeavoured to establish the quantity required in the diet for an effect to be seen. Based on this, we then selected recipes that were rich in the foods and nutrients believed to be beneficial for prostate cancer for inclusion in the Cookbook. We had co-operation form some notable celebrity chefs who provided recipes based on our guidelines. For each recipe, we have indicated which beneficial foods or nutrients are well represented in that dish. For further information, the approximate calorie, fat and saturated fat content of each portion has also been included.
As far as we know, this is the first book that clearly lays out the evidence base for the recipes included in a cookbook that is geared to improving health and decreasing risk. Those reading the introductory section of some 50 pages will soon understand the principles upon which the choice of foods and recipes is based. This will enable them readily to adapt their diet based on the principles laid out in the book. Since the book was published in the UK (June 2009), I have had an overwhelming positive response from interested men, both in the UK and elsewhere.
In addition to the potential physical benefits of changing the diet, using this recipe book may have psychological benefits. Consciously making changes to diet and lifestyle is associated with a positive, optimistic attitude and a feeling of being in control. This has long been known to improve the immune system and can therefore have a direct effect on how disease progresses. We hope that this book will empower many men and their families to be active participants in their own health outcome.