40 million people in the U.S. have chewing, swallowing, and
dry-mouth disorders. Some of them are people with MS. People
who must modify their diets to accommodate one of these problems
often report relying on food combinations that are bland,
repetitious, and generally uninteresting. The time, energy,
and culinary creativity required to keep soft meals healthy
and interesting become burdensome.
When faced with his wife's oral surgery and six-month recovery period, J. Randy Wilson took it upon himself to create nutritious and easy-to-prepare meals that were not only easy to chew, but could be enjoyed by the entire family.
in 1985 (as the Non-Chew Cookbook), the I-Can't-Chew Cookbook
includes updated information and additional recipes. Chapters 1
and 2 contain general information on nutrition, instructions for
calculating body mass index, and caloric recommendations for age,
gender, and activity level. Chapter 3, "Tips for Getting the
Most Out of Meals," provides a nice repertoire of suggestions
for meal preparation, including tips on boosting intake of protein,
calories, and fiber.
of this essential book presents an array of appetizing and easy-to-make
recipes. These are not, as one might imagine, all made in a blender.
In addition to a variety of soups, shakes, and puddings, Wilson
covers casseroles and dishes featuring beef, chicken, lamb, pork,
seafood, potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, and spinach. Most have a
cooking time of 20-40 minutes.
were developed in collaboration with dental, nursing and dietary
specialists as well as with a home economist.
A word of
caution: Conditions involving neurological or cognitive impairment
often require a formal evaluation of drinking, chewing, and swallowing
(called a dysphagia evaluation) by a speech-language pathologist
prior to dietary modifications. Not all of the recipes in this book
are suitable for all people with chewing and swallowing difficulties.
Talk to your health-care providers.
Inc. Publishers (2003), 240 pp., $16.95 (paperback) or $22.95 (spiral
bound). P.O. Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501; 800.266.5592