EV­ERY­DAY STRENGTH

Cuisine - - HIDDEN GEM - ALICE NEVILLE

SAM MAN­NER­ING & KAREN MCMIL­LAN, BEATNIK PUB­LISH­ING, H/B, $45

THIS IS A BOOK for the many peo­ple who, at some point in their lives, will go through can­cer treat­ment. The au­thors, Karen McMil­lan of Beatnik Pub­lish­ing and food writer Sam Man­ner­ing ( Sun­day, Cui­sine), write from ex­pe­ri­ence – both have bat­tled can­cer in the past – and the book is filled with prac­ti­cal tips and easy-to-pre­pare, nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious recipes suited to peo­ple who aren’t well. Man­ner­ing has taken into ac­count the palate changes that can oc­cur dur­ing treat­ment and as such, his recipes fea­ture warm, com­fort­ing flavours rather than strong and spicy ones, but bland­ness is ban­ished. A chap­ter of teas, in­fu­sions and smooth­ies is fol­lowed by com­fort­ing soups (think pump­kin, co­conut and lemon­grass), fresh sal­ads (salmon, buckwheat, fen­nel, capers and dill), nour­ish­ing mains (Moroc­can chicken with pre­served lemon, ku­mara and spiced yo­ghurt) and feel-good bak­ing (pear and wal­nut gin­ger­bread), many of which have been de­vel­oped specif­i­cally with com­bat­ting nausea in mind. It’s all in­ter­spersed with tips for deal­ing with ex­haus­tion and ap­petite loss, car­ing for skin and hair and bat­tling the blues.

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