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Conner Middelmann-Whitney
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1 May 2011
Zest for Life, the first anti-cancer health book with recipes based on the traditional Mediterranean diet (new international edition), provides all the guidance and practical advice you need to prepare delicious, easy and affordable meals to boost your defenses against cancer. Without prevention, one in two men and one in three women in the industrialized world will develop cancer. What many people don't know: at least a third of cancers could be avoided through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Zest for Life does *not* propose a short-term "diet" of hunger or imbalanced eating. On the contrary, it shows how easy it is to enjoy a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods every day and in doing so to reduce not only our cancer risk, but also the risk of heart disease, obesity or diabetes. The Zest for Life diet emphasizes vegetables and fruits, fish, olive oil, legumes, fresh herbs and spices, and highlights the importance of conviviality and the guilt-free enjoyment of food, thus nourishing both body and soul. The healthy, modern recipes are inspired by rich culinary traditions from around the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and others. Zest for Life comprises a 120-page science section outlining the principles of anti-cancer eating based on the latest scientific research, followed by 150 easy, family-friendly recipes (using US and UK measurements). Most of the recipes are plant-based, although healthy fish and meat dishes feature too, as do low-sugar, gluten-free cakes and other desserts. Author Conner Middelmann-Whitney, nutritionist, health writer, chef and mother-of-three, overcame early-stage cervical cancer 11 years ago. Pragmatic, not preachy, she shares her personal cancer story in an engaging style and suggests simple, tasty ways in which anti-cancer eating can fit into busy schedules and tight budgets. The book is supported by a website, www.zestforlifediet.com featuring photographs of many of the dishes featured in the book as well as frequently updated cancer-prevention news, healthy eating advice and culinary tips. Conner is donating 25 percent of her royalties (32 pence of every book sold) to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, a UK registered charity number SC024414 (http://www.maggiescentres.org/home.html).

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Honeybourne Publishing; 2nd edition (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956866506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956866509
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've always had a healthy appetite but not always a healthy diet, and this contributed to three decades of ill health: chronic sinus infections, digestive complaints, hypoglycemia, weight problems and, in my early 30s, early-stage cervical cancer.

A nutritionist's advice to change my diet - replacing sugar, white bread and processed foods with fresh vegetables, fruits and home-cooked meals - dramatically improved my health and persuaded me to rethink my life. After 10 years spent working in finance and journalism, I quit my reporting job at the Financial Times in London and trained to be a nutritionist.

Luckily my cancer was caught early and following treatment I returned to full health. Since this experience I have become a passionate advocate of cancer prevention. This is what inspired me to write Zest for Life, for I want to show how easy it is to boost one's defences against cancer while leading a normal, busy life.

Healthy eating doesn't have to be dull or complicated; in Zest for Life, which is based on the traditional Mediterranean diet, I try to show that healthy food can be simple to prepare, affordable and delicious, making it easy to eat like this every day for the rest of our lives.

Now based in Toulouse, France, I offer nutrition consultations, teach health cookery classes, offer personal food-shopping services, work with children in schools and advise canteen operators on healthy school meals. If you want to know more about my work, please visit my website, www.nutrelan.com. I live outside of Toulouse with my husband, three children, six hens and a cat.

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Conner Middelmann-Whitney lives with her family near Toulouse, France, where she works as a nutritionist, health writer and cookery instructor. For information about her work and anti-cancer cookery classes, please consult her website, nutrelan.com.

Conner Middelmann-Whitney works as a nutritionist, health writer and cookery instructor in Toulouse, France. To find out more about her work, visit her website: nutrelan.com.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Look at Food 12 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
In a mostly vegetarian household its always good to discover a new and refreshing way to look at food, underpinned by lots of soundly based based advice on the whys and wherefores. This book does just that. The first part of the book provides a clear and commonsense guide to the modern science of food. Now I understand meaning of "glycemic index" and its practical application in daily diet. Its not all theory though. Our own limitations in the kitchen notwithstanding, all the recipes we've tried have been very successful. The "Broccoli-Cauliflower Medley is a good example of a dish, easy to prepare, which looks, smells and tastes delicious. The olive oil based Granola is not only delicious and crunchy but filled the house with wonderful smell of cinnamon and roasted nuts-a real treat. I have used the book and recipes to shift from a high dairy and high glycemic index diet to one with little or or no dairy and lower GI carbohydrate. Net result is that I have lost some weight and feel more energetic. We are giving "Zest for Life" to all the family for Christmas.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 Sep 2010
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A refreshing and innovative approach to healthy dieting. This is a great cookbook even if you are not dealing with the cancer issue. It is informative and packed with great knowledge and tips on health issues, wonderful and easy to make recipes that are for everyone. As a cancer patient I whole heartily recommend this cookbook. Conner's enthusiasm on healthy dieting is an inspirational take on the issue of cancer prevention and of well being
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book - even if you don't cook 21 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
Zest for life is an easy to read, well researched and comprehensive book that will give you plenty of simple and delicious recipees, but also brush up your nutritional culture and dietary knowledge. The author starts with a comprehensive presentation of healthy eating and proceeds with a description of the mediterranean diet she has learned to love. The book is full of simple but profound ideas, such as the essential social and emotional dimension of eating together with friends or relatives. One section includes great tips on meal planning or effective groceries shopping. Parents will find new ideas about how to make their offsprings like vegies, and busybee singles will marvel at how quick they can prepare a delicious dinner - a balance to their invariable sandwich lunch. Zest for life is the unique combination of a serious dietary compendium and a creative glimpse into the joyful mediterranean eating culture.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A healthy food joie de vivivre 5 Jun 2011
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Conner Middlemann-Whitney's Zest for Life: the Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet is a two-part food joie de vivre brimming with information on healthy eating, hopefully as a way to defend oneself against cancer, followed by delightfully tasty recipes.

I found Zest for Life well-organized for ease of use, extremely informative, and very readable. Ms. Middlemann-Whitney's personal voyage to a healthy diet in Chapter 1 and how she wards off junk food temptations are interesting in themselves but also instructive and useful. I especially appreciated her list of items to take on long plane or road trips. Chapter 3, A Cancer Epidemic, is scary but then Chapter 4, Eating for Life, gives hope along with practical information on herbs and spices, the colors of healthy vegetables and fruits and how they help to stay healthy as well as an easy way to measure portions. Those are only a few of the useful bits of information, not only found in Chapter 4 but also throughout the book. The appendices are full of practical information as well with, for example, a shopping list in Appendix 2 of fresh and frozen foods along with a list of staples to keep handy.

The recipes in Part II that follow the five chapters of Part I complete Zest for Life. They are easy to follow, healthy, and tasty. Since I'm forever looking for ways to prepare fish for my husband who would rather not eat it at all, I really like (and he does too) the Fish plaki and the Garlic-crusted baked cod. There are many other appealing and delicious recipes.

Most of the ingredients in the recipes are available in our small mid-western university town supermarkets but others are a bit esoteric. However, they can be found in our local health food store.

Zest for Life is well worth the read and the recipes.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic find 20 Oct 2010
By Lucy
Format:Paperback
This is a remarkable little find - a book packed with information and practical advice. Although it's particularly aimed at preventing cancer, it's equally an excellent guide to eating for good health generally. It manages to steer the fine line between informative and passionate without veering into dogmatic or patronising, a balance very difficult to find in dietary advice manuals! I hate diets, but this is really just guidance for eating,and living, well. It's extremely well researched and scientifically based; I learned a lot. The recipes are very easy to follow, despite not having photos (which I usually require in cook books). The author has obviously tested them thoroughly herself; you feel as if you've got her encouraging presence at your side as you try the recipes out. The half a dozen or so I've tried so far have all turned out really well. And the recipes don't require lots of esoteric, hard-to-find ingredients; it's all very down to earth. The lentils bolognese (much yummier than it sounds) has become a family favourite; even my three and a half year old loves it! If you're anything like me and need the occasional boost of encouragement to cook and eat well, this is the book for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars zest for life
excellent delivery.fast and well packaged.good information re.nutrition and easy to follow recipes that generally use basic ingredients. Read more
Published 1 month ago by p wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Healthy cooking
Lots of good information on health, but not sufficiently simple, attractive and well set out to encourage regular use. Photos would help.
Published 6 months ago by Lyndsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good food
There are some lovely recipes in this book and they are good for general health , you don't have to be a cancer sufferer. I am using the recipes to make our eating healthier.
Published 7 months ago by Ian Stones
5.0 out of 5 stars Heard a NBC interview with Connor and bought the book
Really enjoyed it and recommended to a friend. Confirms a lot of what I thought about food.
Have made the olive oil granola and is now our breakfast every day for the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Flyingkiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a very helpful and useful book on the subject of our food. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. E. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book with great reliable advice during a time of need
I really recommend this book to anyone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer. My partner and I decided that there ARE other things you can do to help keep secondary cancer at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tamsin Caruana
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly helpful
When you are going through the deeply transformational journey that comes with a cancer diagnosis, you need all the help you can get. This books helps. Read more
Published 11 months ago by susiewalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good healthy receipes
Receipes are mainly easy to follow, with only a couple of mistakes/inconsistencies in the instructions. Everything I have cooked has been very tasty.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs H J McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Zest for Life
I have had this book for a couple of years now and use it all the time. The recipes are all deicious and work well every time---I cannot believe that being healthy can taste so... Read more
Published 13 months ago by GillB
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AND INSPIRING
This is a really great book. The first part is honest and inspiring and the recipes are fabulous! I have tried about 20 of them & each one of them are winners. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sarah
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