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A complete illustrated guide to cooking with arthritis
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Publisher:  Tate publishing Type: 


Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9781607997382

Yankee cooking with Southern Charm
A CompleteIllustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis
A complete illustrated guide to cooking with arthritis

This is a book designed to help the physically challenged to regain their independence in the kitchen. Also perfect if you just love to cook and want fresh and new recipes. This book contains a great mix of modern, traditional and ethnic recipes from around the world, both fine Cuisine and everyday home style recipes sure to please the palate. There is a culinary resource guide for all your purchasing needs of the hard to find ingredients. More importantly there is color step by step photos of techniques to master most kitchen tasks as well as living with arthritis everyday tips.

Are you one of the millions of people that suffer from arthritis, a chronic disease, or a physical injury? Is cooking your passion or, at the very least, a necessity?


Come along on a culinary journey around the world with Melinda Winner in her second cookbook, A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis, which will bring the millions of physically challenged individuals back into the kitchen pain free and fearless. As a physically challenged individual herself, Melinda shares techniques for creating mouthwatering recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, as well as delicious rubs, sauces, and jellies.


An Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis is packed full of delectable, original recipes sure to delight any palate and is a must-have for any cookbook collection. Each easy-to-read recipe is written for use by anyone, physically challenged or not, and includes an informative section of kitchen terms, culinary resources, and basic tips to help make everyday life simpler.


“If you have arthritis and love to cook, you must have this book!  Even if you don’t have arthritis, you will love the great mix of traditional and modern recipes.”

Gayle Long Ward

Wilmington, NC



Melinda Winner has had a passion for cooking since childhood. She has five forms of arthritis and a birth injury that left her right arm with very limited use, but Melinda still attended culinary school and now enjoys preparing food of all types from simple Southern to fine cuisine. Melinda has won several national recipe contests, cooked off on a major television network, and published her first cookbook, Yankee Cooking with Southern Charm, in July 2008. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys horseback riding, swimming, traveling, and hiking. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.






Artichoke, Cheese, and Bacon-Stuffed New Red Potatoes:
Yields 24 potato halves

12 small new red potatoes
¼ c. Hellmann’s mayonnaise
¼ c. sour cream
¼ c. crispy crumbled bacon or Hormel’s jarred bacon bits
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
¼ c. artichoke chopped (jarred, drained)
2 T. butter
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ c. freshly-grated parmesan cheese

Bake potatoes until tender but not too soft. Remove from oven and cut potatoes in half. Cut the end off of each half so the potato will stand. Using a melon baler, scoop the inside out of the potato halves. Be mindful to allow enough potato remaining so the potato will hold its ingredients. In the bowl of a standing mixer armed with a paddle attachment, add inside of potatoes and butter. Whip for about 30 seconds. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, artichoke, salt, and pepper to the potato. Continue to mix until smooth for about 30 to 40 seconds. Place the mixture in a pastry bag and fill the potato halves with mixture. You may also use a spoon to fill—whatever is easiest for you to do. Arrange the potato halves on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 400°F, just until the cheese begins to brown. Remove and serve as a side or an appetizer. Physically challenged: Use method #3—halving and #11—mixing fillings.

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A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis
A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis
by Melinda Winner
Published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC (September 29 release) (to come)
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Reviewed by Barbara L. Fielder

Right from the get-go, I knew this cookbook was going to be a winner. Loaded with tempting and delectable dishes, hors d’oeuvres, breads, desserts and more, anyone who enjoys cooking and eating will find this cookbook a treasure. What makes it so special is that the author has convincingly made the proposal that even with arthritis or another disability, you no longer need to be out of your kitchen or rely solely on others to carry on the joy of cooking. She speaks to you first-hand as a woman who meets the challenges of arthritis head-on.

You’ll discover 20 tips for living with arthritis in the kitchen, making your foray into the kitchen a safe and easy transition. A comprehensive list of cooking terms and abbreviations starts off your journey into Cooking with Arthritis, followed by an array of delightful recipes for anyone’s dining pleasure. As a footnote, author Winner has created dishes that have a Southern flair, as does her previous cookbook.

The cookbook is published in the traditional paperback format, and as such, I found it challenging to keep the book open on my kitchen countertop. That being said, you will find it useful to have a bookstand on which to place your recipe book. Perhaps the author will put her next eagerly awaited cookbook in a spiral-bound format for ease in keeping the cookbook flat on your countertop or for placement in your bookstand.

The author also notes the type of kitchen countertop appliances that minimize difficulties in mixing and preparing your food. Small items such as an automatic jar lid opener may already be in your kitchen, but if you’re just getting started, a trip to some of the author’s suggested web sites or supply sources will give you the confidence to begin the joy of Cooking with Arthritis.

Armchair Interviews says: Only complaint is presentation—not in cookbook format that’s easy to lay flat.

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