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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
I love books but this one has been superb, as a book and because of its content. I have recently been diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer and needed insiration adn help to find a new way to live!
Published 17 months ago by Jeanette Scott

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed views...
The Back in the Swing cookbook was, in some ways, difficult for a male reviewer to consider - after all how could one necessarily judge any hidden emotive issues within a recipe and support book for survivors of breast cancer? But then, by the same token, how could a female who has not suffered either?
Here is a book that has 150 `feel-good' recipes which are...
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by I. Darren


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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed views..., 1 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer (Hardcover)
The Back in the Swing cookbook was, in some ways, difficult for a male reviewer to consider - after all how could one necessarily judge any hidden emotive issues within a recipe and support book for survivors of breast cancer? But then, by the same token, how could a female who has not suffered either?
Here is a book that has 150 `feel-good' recipes which are described as being life-affirming and designed to help survivors get back in the swing of joyful, healthy living. If it works for you, why not, but...
Starting with a fairly comprehensive look at nutrition and the role of a balanced diet through the lens of someone who has been through quite an ordeal, the information appears to be of a high quality and could be of interest to everyone. There is just one nagging, uncharitable question though and that is WHY would such a book be specifically needed as one would hope that those who have undergone cancer treatment would receive sufficient nutritional advice and general support from their medical practitioners. Maybe things are different in the United States? This just seems an unanswered question when the book is more `recipe' than `inspiration'. A whole coping after-type book can be understood. Neither is this a book specifically designed to raise money for charity. The identity just seems a little mixed, or insular.
That said, if one focuses on just the recipes things are a lot clearer and better. The first chapter starts with desserts - and why not break with convention as you should treat yourself. The range of the recipes does look comforting, intriguing and ever so more-ish. Each recipe is clearly laid out and easy to follow and it even has a typical prep and cook time. The other chapters are split between breakfast; beverages; appetisers and snacks; salads and side dishes; soups, stews, risottos and more; the main event and then various standards such as resources, metric conversions and planning aids. The range and selection of different dishes is commiserate with a good, general recipe book.
Mixed within the recipes are many information blocks with various inspirational and educational texts that have a particular bias towards cancer matters. Much of this information is quite interesting, even to a wider audience. Would it be too unfair to suggest that this book has a bit of an identity crisis? Its aims and objectives are laudable but maybe it just doesn't hit the mark in its current form, particularly with its price tag. A revision of the book's structure and a bit of fine-tuning could have made a totally different book that has broader appeal, is less capable of being pigeon holed and more likely to be picked up by the casual browser. The foundations are more than adequate but in order to break out from being a niche product to something broader, which it deserves to be, a little visit back to the drawing board might be recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful., 16 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer (Hardcover)
I love books but this one has been superb, as a book and because of its content. I have recently been diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer and needed insiration adn help to find a new way to live!
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