Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Broken Cord or The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs through the Kitchen

The Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Author: Michael Dorris

The controversial national bestseller that received unprecedented media attention, sparked the nation's interest in the plight of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and touched a nerve in all of us. Winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award.


Dorris, author of A Yellow raft in blue water, professor at Dartmouth College, and member of the Modoc Indian tribe, tells the moving story of his adopted Sioux son Adam, who suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and offers an informed general account of FAS itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

What People Are Saying

Alice Hoffman
"As passionate as it is fierce. Intensely personal and moving beyond belief, The Broken a book so powerful it will not only break your heart; it will restore your faith."

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The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs through the Kitchen

Author: Joe Piscatella

The bible used by heart patients and recommended by thousands of hospitals, The Road to a Healthy Heart is the cardiac patient's step-by-step guide to cooking and eating in the real world. Born out of Joe Piscatella's own experience of coming back from emergency bypass surgery—and his wife's determination to gather the recipes and prepare the foods that would keep her husband alive—this is a complete 10-years-in-the-making revision of the classic Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook.

With: Silver Dollar Pancakes, Grilled Steak and Onion Salad, Tex-Mex Pizza, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Warm Caramel Pears, and Apple Cranberry Crisp.

The furthest thing from a diet of deprivation, these 30 family-friendly, Mediterranean-style recipes will help you prevent, manage and perhaps even reverse heart disease, lose weight and keep it off, and enjoy the double benefit of good health and good cheer.

Publishers Weekly

Coronary bypass survivor Piscatella (Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook) champions the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet for both preventing heart disease and promoting good health in general. The first half of his hefty book surveys all things heart related, with an emphasis on what causes heart problems and how to prevent or reverse them. Though not a physician or a Ph.D., Piscatella presents the material well, using simple graphics to stress key points, such as the fact that a New England Journal of Medicine report suggests that eating only two servings of fish per week may cut the risk of dying from heart attack in half. The latter portion of the book contains practical, family-friendly recipes prepared by Piscatella's wife, Bernie. Easy to follow, and clearly developed with kids in mind (e.g., six kinds of pizza), they include Soba Noodle Salad, Red Snapper with Creamy Parmesan Sauce, and Classic Lasagna with only 346 calories per serving. There's even a Mac and Cheese recipe, which will quell fears that maintaining a healthy heart requires kissing comfort foods good-bye. The Piscatellas not only write well and are passionate about the material, but obviously also love to eat. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents:

Part One

Chapter One: Understanding Your Heart

Chapter Two: Assessing Your Risk

Chapter Three: What's Wrong With Our Diet?

Part Two

Chapter Four: The New Guidelines

Chapeter Five: The Truth About Fats

Chapter Six: The Truth About Carbohydrates

Chapter Seven: Beyond The Basics

Part Three

Chapter Eight: First Steps

Chapter Nine: Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, Nuts and Grains

Chapter Ten: Seafood, Poultry and Meat

Chapter Eleven: Dairy Foods

Chapter Twelve: Table Fats And Oils

Chapter Thirteen: Sugar And Other Sweeteners

Chapter Fourteen: Salt And Sodium

Chapter Fifteen: Water

Chapter Sixteen: Discretionary Calories

Chapter Seventeen: Exercise




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