Chemo Kitchen makes food more enjoyable for cancer patients who have experienced taste change during their treatment.
Cal McAllister was inspired to create the cookbook by his mother, who wasn’t able to enjoy her favorite foods during her battle with breast cancer.
“While the doctors are working on trying to win the big battle, and win the war, we’re trying to win a little battle with taste,” he explained.
The recipes in Chemo Kitchen focus on highlighting strong flavors, and use specific ingredients like lemon and ginger to achieve a good balance of taste and nutrition. The food also addresses other concerns people have during treatment like what to eat when they’re dealing with weight gain or eating meat-free.
“It’s such an emotional time when you’re going through this and your body changes and your life changes,” said McAllister. “And we had one women who was just over the moon with a ginger miso soup that we did. And she said, ‘I finally feel like I can eat again.”
Award-winning chefs participated to craft each recipe, and the dishes are designed to be easy to prepare. This way, cooking a meal doesn’t add stress during an already tough time — only comfort, excitement, and nourishment.