Friday, December 20, 2019

30-Minute Renal Diet Cookbook

30-Minute Renal Diet Cookbook by Aisling Whelan is a recipe collection and cookbook for improving renal health and coping with chronic kidney disease. Released 17th Dec 2019 by Callisto on their Rockridge imprint, it's 182 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. The book also includes appendices with charts showing phosphorous contents of various foods, food lists for the renal diet, metric conversions, etc. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The book is well formatted and has a logical and easy to follow layout. The introductory chapters (~18% of the page content) cover some of the phsyiology behind the diet, what chronic kidney disease is, what to expect, ingredients and foods lists, and other general info. The following chapters contain the recipes grouped roughly thematically: breakfast, vegetables sides & snacks, vegetarian & vegan mains, seafood mains, poultry & meat mains, sweet treats & snacks, and sauces broths condiments and partial ingredients.

Each recipe includes an introduction with other info such as portion control and yields followed by bullet list ingredients in sidebars with prep-time estimates. The recipes' ingredients lists are provided with English/American measurements only. Nutritional info including sodium, potassium, and phosphorous content is provided in the footer under the recipe instructions. Most of the recipes are not photographed. There are some photos, and they're clear and attractive, but they only represent a fraction of the recipes. I also felt some of the portions were fairly minuscule, even for side dishes. The baby carrot fries for example split a 16 ounce bag between 6 people. I've literally seen my (admittedly perfectly healthy) 20 year old kid eat a 16 ounce bag of baby carrots in one sitting (alone).

There are quite a number of interesting, appetizing, and relatively easy to cook foods contained here. I would recommend it to people who are interested in making a solid plan to comply to a healthy diet and mitigate or possibly reverse chronic kidney disease.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.  

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