Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Family Caregiver's Cookbook - Review

The Family Caregiver's Cookbook
Author: Harriet Hodgson
Publisher: WriteLife Publishing
Release Date: October 11, 2016
ISBN: 9781608081615


You’re in the caregiving trenches and barely make it through the day, let alone have the energy to prepare fancy meals. But meals don’t have to be fancy or hard to make in order to be delicious, nutritious, and healthy. Harriet Hodgson, a dedicated home cook, former food writer, and family caregiver, wanted to fix delicious meals for her disabled husband. A creative cook, Harriet adapted favorite family recipes and created new ones for this book, reducing salt, fat, and sugar. Personal stories add to the recipes and each one ends with “Caregiver Tips.” You’ll get tips on how to stock your pantry, speed shop for groceries, understand the effects of sodium, and practice food safety. The book is set in larger print that makes it easy to read. Treat your loved one—and yourself—to these easy-fix, delicious, and satisfying recipes. Make every meal a celebration of life!

At some point in our life, most of us will become a caregiver. Most of the time we won't be prepared for it. It can be difficult and finding time to do everything including preparing special diets, medicines, appointments, etc. on top of our daily responsibilities, so where does one take shortcuts to help? In the food prep area, of course. It's quicker and easier to serve prepared, frozen or canned food, but in the end, it's far from healthy with the high sodium contents as well as other drawbacks including lack of taste. 

The Family Caregiver's Cookbook fills that need for good, nutritious, and healthy cooking that doesn't require long cooking or prep times. Not only is the food nutritious but it tastes great! You can tailor your cooking to the dietary needs of the person you are caring for and still give them a quick and healthy meal that you can feel good about.

The author, Harriet Hodgson wrote this book out of both experience and need to cook for her husband. She had 19 years caregiving experience, so you can be confident that this book is written by someone who knows what it's like being in a caregiver's shoes. She's walked in them a long time!

The Family Caregiver's Cookbook has many delicious recipes that will not take long to cook, is nutritious and best of all, tastes delicious! Some of my favorites are the Swedish Meatballs, Tomato Basil Soup with Shells, Crispy Cod with Potato Chip Topping, Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, Granny Smith's Apple-Dapple Muffins, to name a few. The recipes cover every meal, vegetable, and fruit as well as breads, snacks and deserts.

I cannot sing the praises of this cookbook enough as it is packed full of the author's experience. You'll read her stories, hints, tips and of course the delicious recipes. There is so much information between the covers of this book, it will become your most used resource!!!

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review - but one of my honest opinion. 

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