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About Rebecca Katz
Rebecca Katz, M.S.
I've spent more than 16 years motivating people to eat well.
My primary tool is flavor, as I show people how great taste and great nutrition can joyfully coexist at the dinner table.
I have faith in the allure of the kitchen and promise that if you're inspired by the results, you'll find yourself wanting to cook more and more. Creating meals that enhance your health and well-being while caressing your taste buds is irresistible.
A myriad of food related experiences, including a sojourn to Italy, where I studied Mediterranean cuisine with chefs and signoras from Florence to Sicily, shaped my philosophy that health-supportive food must taste great in order to be nourishing and healing.
Now, I get to play nutrition detective (I have a Masters of Science in Nutrition) and healthy cook (I received my chef's training at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts) to my heart’s delight through my books; One Bite at a Time (2004,2008) the award winning Cancer-Fighting Kitchen (2009, 2017), The Longevity Kitchen (2013), The Healthy Mind Cookbook (2015), and Clean Soups (2016).
Recently, I've co-created online culinary/nutrition courses that translate nutritional science to the plate, and have founded the non-profit Healing Kitchens Institute. HKI is dedicated to educating communities and healthcare professionals about the power of food as medicine and nourishment.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two canine companions, Lola and Blossom.
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Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain’s work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years.
With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.
Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Blending fantastic taste and meticulous science, these recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, proteins, and sweet and savory snacks are rich in the nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals that help patients thrive during treatment.
This second edition also includes a dozen new recipes--many of which are simpler and less complicated, for cancer patients to prepare on their low days--as well as a list of cancer-fighting foods that can be incorporated into everyday life without stepping behind the stove. Rebecca has also revised the text with the most up-to-date scientific research and includes a section on how friends and family can build a culinary support team.
Despite our anti-aging obsession and numerous medical advances, life spans are actually shortening because of poor lifestyle decisions. But it doesn't have to be so. Food-as-medicine pioneer Rebecca Katz highlights the top sixteen foods proven to fight the most common chronic conditions. Katz draws on the latest scientific research to explain how super foods such as asparagus, basil, coffee, dark chocolate, kale, olive oil, sweet potatoes, and wild salmon can build immunity, lower cholesterol, enhance memory, strengthen the heart, and reduce your chances of developing diabetes and other diseases.
This practical, flavor-packed guide presents the most effective—and delicious—ways to use food to improve the performance of every system in the body. Katz explains the health advantages of each main ingredient, and includes menu plans to address specific symptoms and detailed nutritional information for each recipe.
Easy-to-find ingredients are incorporated into a powerful arsenal of tantalizing recipes, including:
• Roasted Asparagus Salad with Arugula and Hazelnuts
• Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potato
• Black Cod with Miso-Ginger Glaze
• Herby Turkey Sliders
• Thyme Onion Muffins
• Yogurt Berry Brûlée with Almond Brittle
Based on the most up-to-date nutritional research, The Longevity Kitchen helps you feed your family well and live a long and vibrant life.
Chef Rebecca Katz shares delicious, nourishing recipes for cancer patients, who often experience culinary ups and downs because of sudden dietary restrictions and poor appetite due to damaged taste buds from harsh treatments. Revised and updated with 10 new recipes, this second edition provides caretakers with a tangible way to nurture loved ones through easy-to-digest meals that offer maximum flavor while boosting the immune system.
Reviews“Rebecca Katz is a culinary genius who is also profoundly devoted to providing great, healthy food for people with cancer. Her meals receive the highest praise.”—Michael Lerner, cofounder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and author of Choices in Healing“A gem.”—Mary Beth Regan, Baltimore Sun “This book is an instant turn-on to good, nourishing food.”— Share Guide“Fare that puts delicious back into health food.” —Sweat magazine