Welcome to Cooking for Chemo!

20 - 50% of all cancer related deaths are due to Systematic Starvation (cachexia). This shockingly high figure is even higher in terminal cancer patients with starvation accounting for 80% of cancer related deaths. We believe death from starvation can be combatted by simply learning how to cook at home and adjust your cooking for the taste and smell changes that occur during cancer treatment.

Our mission is to empower you to take control of your life. We achieve this by teaching you how to make your food taste great during and after cancer treatment. Our focus is on getting cancer fighters to take one more bite to help fight off starvation. This website is filled with helpful cooking tips, resources, and great recipes to utilize while you are going through cancer treatments. If you are hungry for more information and are ready to take back control of your life, pick up one of our books or book your tickets to see Chef Ryan Live in your city today!

We recommend that you begin by reading our Cooking for Chemo Tips and Techniques section before you dive right into the recipes, as it is not recipes, but the understanding of chemotherapy side-effects that allows you to be successful in this venture. 

Chef Ryan Callahan

Cooking for Chemo ...and After! Second Edition OUT NOW!

20 - 50% of all cancer related deaths are due to Systematic Starvation (cachexia).

Cooking for Chemo ...and After! teaches you how to combat starvation, by understanding how to adjust flavor in your cooking. This enables you to combat the most common eating related chemotherapy side effects and empowers you to live a higher quality of life during cancer treatments. What’s Inside Cooking for Chemo … and After! is a fully interactive how-to-cook cookbook. This 2016 Gourmand Award winning book is broken up into three major categories: Foundations of Cooking for Chemo This section teaches you: the basics of flavor, how you perceive flavors, where flavors come from, and how you perceive flavors when you cook and eat. Application of Cooking for Chemo This section builds on the understandings of flavor, and then teaches you how to accommodate for the most common eating related side effects. Each side effect has its own information dedicated to addressing each issue with proven techniques and strategies that work. These cooking techniques work with all dietary preferences and restrictions.

Implementation of Cooking for Chemo Once you have the two first sections understood, we have included many recipes for you to practice what you have just learned. All of these recipes have the Cooking for Chemo techniques built into them and form the basis for learning how to cook using the Cooking for Chemo techniques. This is broken up logically by type of meal and then alphabetically to make this book very user friendly! Recipe sections include: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snack Recipes, Soup Recipes, Smoothie Recipes, and Sauce Recipes.

Bonus Material In addition to this, Cooking for Chemo is filled with tons of bonus content to help make learning easy.

Tasting Journal Pages that allow you to make notes on recipes that you cooked so that you can improve or adjust them for next time.

Herbs and Spices Chart that lists out all major herbs and spices and their uses and functions in a dish.

Review Questions to get you to think about how to apply what you just learned to your unique situation.

At-Home Activities that encourage you to become a hands-on learner and practice the information you learn in your own home.

Standard to Metric Conversion Charts for our friends and loved ones that live outside of the USA.

American English to British English Dictionary. Not sure what an eggplant or cornmeal is? We have a dictionary for that!

If you are newly diagnosed with cancer or have a loved one going through cancer treatments, there is no better book that you can buy to help you through your cancer journey. Cooking for Chemo ...and After! is recommended by numerous cancer organizations, cancer survivors, and used by thousands of individuals the world over. Find out why people love Cooking for Chemo and buy a copy today!

Holiday Cooking Tips!

Holiday Cooking Tips! Now through Thanksgiving, we are sharing cooking tips on how to cook for your loved ones going through cancer treatment during the holidays! Each day we will share a new tip on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are also compiling them into one printable list for you to have on hand before you begin cooking your holiday meals!

Print your FREE Cooking for Chemo Holiday Cooking Tips Guide by Clicking HERE

Enjoy Our Holiday Recipes

Need some flavorful holiday recipes that already have the Cooking for Chemo techniques built into them? Check out our holiday recipes section. The turkey recipe is our favorite!

Click HERE to go to our Holiday Recipes Section

Cooking for Chemo is Recommended By:

We value our relationships with our fantastic partners! All of these organizations are great and have recommended our organization as a valuable resource for Cancer Fighters and their Caregivers. 

Visit our More Cancer Resources Page to learn more about these wonderful resources.

Live Event Testimonials

  • The going through the taste samples and then discussing how to use these was great

    Gilda's Club, Evansville

  • Recipes were great. Good presentation. Thank you!

    Gilda's Club, Evansville

  • Chef is very knowledgeable, likeable, friendly, smart. I could listen to him all day. He knows so much about food!

    Gilda's Club, Evansville

  • I loved that Chef Ryan was able to explain the taste and flavor changes that were happening to me, to my family. I am hopeful that they will recognize that there is a reasoning behind the change in my tastes and that their wife/mom isn't just being picky! 🙂

    Gilda's Club, Kansas City MO

  • I thought the workshop was very informative for my needs. I enjoyed learning to cook in different ways that can cater to my needs and needs of others.

    Gilda's Club, Kansas City

  • Great blend of humor and information.

    Gilda's Club, Kansas City MO

  • Chef Ryan was very engaging! His knowledge is extensive, but he had a great way of explaining things on a lay-man level. Thank You!

    Gilda's Club, Kansas City MO

  • It taught me alot about how to eat and enjoy my foods without all the side effects bothering me. I loved it.

    Gilda's Club, Kansas City MO

  • This was an amazing event. I was extremely touched and learned a lot of things that I did not know before. I will be visiting the websites and will stay involved. Again great event! Powerful!

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

  • Chef Ryan was very informative. The recipe was delicious! Thank You.

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

  • This was so fun. We appreciate the demo and information. Thank you for sharing your gifts and journey.

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

  • Ryan gave me a great understanding of how the senses and flavors work together, and how they affect a patient's appetite! He is easy to listen to and was able to present the information in a way that way very easy to understand. Thank You! 🙂

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

  • This was great and we love it!

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

  • I enjoyed the day so much!! There was so much information!! Thank You!

    Cancer Support Community, Allentown PA

Check Out Chef Ryan's New Book!

Draw yourself into a culinary adventure!

Chef Ryan has hired YOU to take on the role of the New Hire Cook at Queen Rosemary's Castle. YOU draw yourself into this culinary experience and learn how to cook, one-on-one, from Chef Ryan! This book has over 400 pages of teaching you how-to-cook, colorable characters, tasty recipes, and personalized tasting journal pages.

Pick up your spatula and favorite colored pencils, and dig right in to Chef Ryan's How-to-Cook Cookbook for hours of illustrated fun! As the New Hire Cook at Queen Rosemary's Castle, Chef Ryan will teach you everything you need to know about cooking flavorful cuisine fit for a queen! Joining Chef Ryan and you, on your culinary adventure, are The Five Flavors! They will help teach you what flavor is and how to properly utilize it as you advance through your cooking journey. But wait! There’s more! Don’t be deceived by the charm of The Flavor Fighters who try to convince you to take short cuts that ruin your food.

Chef Ryan's How-to-Cook Cookbook breaks the mold on the conventional cookbook by adding an interactive and illustrated story line that challenges you to think about the culinary techniques you learn and apply them in at-home learning activities.

What's inside:
Learning how to cook from fun and colorable characters, critical thinking exercises, and at-home activities that challenge you to practice, in real life, what you have learned

Suitable for ages 13+
FUN and INTERACTIVE for Millennials and Gen Z who want to learn HOW to cook!

Learn More Here

Buy On Amazon Here

Cooking for Kids with Cancer

A parent's crash course on food and flavor during and after your child's cancer treatment
By Chef Ryan Callahan

Cooking for Kids with Cancer is a parent’s crash course on food and flavor during and after your child’s cancer treatment. This book builds on the principles that Chef Ryan Callahan introduced in his award winning book, Cooking for Chemo ...and After!

Cooking for Kids with Cancer is a self-help guide that helps you to navigate the toughest terrain around... eating during and after cancer treatments! In this book, Chef Ryan Callahan continues the conversation on the role of flavor and taste changes that occur during and after cancer treatments and how to adjust your cooking for those changes. Chef Ryan teaches you how to use the knowledge you will learn in this book to overcome the most common eating related side-effects.

This book is written to teach parents and caregivers how to help their child eat through one of the toughest times in their life. This is not a children’s book. This is a book for the parents and caregivers of children with cancer.

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Chef Ryan Callahan's Tasting Journal

Take professional notes during and after cancer treatment the same way this Chef does
By Chef Ryan Callahan

Chef Ryan Callahan’s Tasting Journal is a supplemental resource that allows you to take professional quality tasting notes during and after cancer treatment. By making notes on the food that you are eating, you will be able to find long term trends and patterns that make choosing your next meal a breeze.

My other books Cooking for Chemo ...and After!, Cooking for Kids with Cancer, and Cooking for Cancer and After, teach you how to identify ingredients, seasonings and flavors that will help you learn how to adjust your cooking during and after cancer treatment. This Tasting Journal works in conjunction with the other texts by creating a complete understanding of the taste and flavor changes that are occurring during and after cancer treatments. By using this resource you will be to take control of your eating experience which will empower you to have a better quality of life.

This is another step in your journey to help you think, act, and cook like a true Chef.

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