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Laurel's Kitchen Caring: Whole Food Recipes for Everyday Home Caregiving [Paperback]

Laurel Robertson , etc. , Carol Flinders , Brian Ruppenthal


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"Packed full of easy, nutritious, and comforting recipes, Laurel's Kitchen Caring is just the cookbook for at-home caregivers. With a preface that includes a tribute to healthcare profesionals and lavish praise of comfort foods, this book will surely inspire some home-cooked meals that help patients heal. A registered dietitian helped write it."(Nurseweek)

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Laurel's Kitchen Caring helps caregiver and care-getter both
Laurel's Kitchen Caring draws on nearly a decade of pretty intense caregiving in our small Northern California community. We have a lot to say to encourage, comfort, and inspire anyone who is taking care of a sick friend or family member. Caregiving is a wonderful opportunity to show love, but it can be hard, too... here's a wealth of ideas for making it better for both of you. Included: neat-o things for kids; a big chapter of favorite comfort foods; goodies to take to someone in the hospital; delicious special diet foods--for example, complete liquid drinks that taste wonderful. A section of soothing broths and herbal teas that really work. Last, the nourishing foods that we as caregivers found quick to prepare and easy to eat--our standbys.
Throughout, so many things we discovered that can help to make the memories of this time happy ones--but most of all, to speed you on to your caregiving goal: TWO healthy people!

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laurel & carol have done it again 19 Sep 2000
By ktjpsmom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
as a long time fan of laurel's kitchen, i bought laurel's kitchen caring just to add to my library, never dreaming how helpful i would find it. since i bought it, i have nursed my daughter through a frightening bout of mononcleosis and my son through pneumonia - at 16 and 14, this is really the first time either of them has been sick, for which i give credit to their healthy vegetarian diet. this book also was a support for my next-door neighbor in this past year as she nursed her husband of fifty-eight years at home as he was dying of cancer and to my girlfriend, who is trying valiently to keep her mother nourished as she dies at home of cancer. the broths, soups, custards and teas have been thoroughly appreciated by all, as have the caregiver's brownies, which i have shared with numerous friends donning the temporary mantle of home-nurse. the lasagna al forno is like an old friend, but enchiladas petaluma, a new offering, has been tremendously popular with those with whom i have shared the recipe, even a couple of seemingly implacable carnivores. the commentary that goes with the recipes serves, at least for me, as an excellent substitute for a care-giver's support group. if you enjoy cooking, and even use it as therapy, this is a wonderful book to keep at your fingertips, ready for the day you are called to assume the role of caregiver on either a short or long-term basis, which, with the way insurance companies work these days, may be sooner than you think! laurel, carol et al. have done it again!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm and Friendly Helper at Your Shoulder 6 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is more than a book of recipes; it is a book about caregiving, a situation many of us will face and are totally unprepared for. Those of us lucky enough to have the original "Laurel's Kitchen" with its introduction of Laurel in its wonderful preface (alas, omitted in later editions) will know that Laurel Robertson is an ideal guide in a rough time: warm, sensitive, generous, and practical (but not too practical). People are more important to her than saving five minutes at the stove. Did I mention that the basis of her fame is that she is also a great vegetarian cook?
Her goal here is to pass on tips that will help you nurture both the patient and the caregiver. A great book. I am not taking care of anyone with a protracted illness at the moment but bought "Laurel's Kitchen Caring" based on my belief in Laurel and all the folks at Blue Mountain (whom you can "meet" in all the "Laurel's Kitchen" books as well as the wise writings on meditation and living by Eknath Easwaran).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassurance for the caregiver 5 Mar 2003
By Cathy Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Laurel Robertson sounds like a wise, nurturing grandmother as she encourages the cook/caregiver, provides special suggestions for children's food and queasy eaters, and offers practical ideas for dealing with odd schedules and restricted diets. The use of some herbal remedies and teas is discussed, as well as hints for keeping the caregiver healthy during this often stressful time. Many of the recipes are followed by a list of variations whereby you customize for the patient by adding (flavor/protein/calories) or subtracting (dairy/fat). Brian Ruppenthal is a registered dietician and provides guidelines for keeping food hot enough or cold enough to be safe as well as nutritional information throughout. It makes me feel good just to have this book on the shelf so the ideas and inspiration are at hand for those inevitable times when good, simple food is important but hard to think about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable aid for any caregiver 8 Mar 2013
By Elizabeth Grainger - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first began cooking for my nonagenarian grandfather, I was surprised at the dearth of good-quality cookbooks tailored to those caring for elderly or ill people. Nourishing, delicious, whole foods can make such an enormous difference that you'd think the market would be flooded with such books! All too frequently, though, when someone cannot eat his or her regular fare for whatever reason, something dreadful like "complete liquid meal replacements" is pushed as the only alternative. As my grandmother used to say, "I'd rather eat a bug."

Thank goodness, we have _Laurel's Kitchen Caring_ to provide a treasure-trove of wisdom, recipes, and tried and true techniques. I have thumbed through this book so many times that I no longer need the index. It's the kind of book that feels like it was written by friends, and provides real comfort, reassurance, and guidance. I love that the recipes are so simple to use as they are, and also that they can be easily tailored for individual dietary needs; additionally, they work as jumping-off points for other culinary endeavors. This is the sort of cookbook that just makes you a better cook, plain and simple -- and probably helps to make you a better person, too.

If you are caring for someone, or have a family member or friend who is, PLEASE purchase this book. (The timbales alone are worth the price of the book, so everything else should be considered a bonus.)

As a caregiver, it's been a saving grace for me -- and I know my grandfather appreciates the many meals inspired by its pages, too.

Update April 2013 -- As I have had more time with this beautiful book, I appreciate more and more the quiet, wise compassion throughout. Some of the suggestions about care -- including for the caregiver -- are so healing, so supportive. I've found my own spiritual practice deepened and enriched just by following the very simple suggestion about prayer. I have found more support and solace in this little book of kitchen caring than in virtually any other guide for caregivers. It is an absolute treasure.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help with caring and feeding of loved ones 16 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A dear friend lent me this book. I was very pleased when I read it. Good ideas and pleasant relaxing style made it a book I want for my permanent library. I would recommend this book to caregivers who need some ideas...it seems we all have someone who, at some time, needs our help.
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