Welcome to Cooking for Chemo!

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

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Instead of Fish Fry-Days

Lent Recipes during Cancer Treatment

Tired of the same old fried fish and french fries every Friday during Lent? Chef Ryan has whipped up some tasty cancer-friendly alternatives to keep you happy for the entire seven Fridays during the Lenten season. These recipes are both tasty and fall in line with the Lenten dietary restrictions. Enjoy!

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For More Great Recipes Click Below:

Big Meals and Entrees

Small Meals, Snacks and Sides

Soups and Stews



Cooking for Chemo ...and After!

A how-to-cook cookbook that teaches you how to adjust your cooking for chemotherapy patients
By Chef Ryan Callahan

Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner
Best Health and Nutrition Book 2016

This is the Updated Version of Cooking for Chemo ...and After! This book includes the addition of metric conversion charts, a new book cover, and an easier to read font.

Empower yourself to take control one bite at a time. Cooking for Chemo ...and After! is a how-to-cook cookbook that teaches you how to adjust your cooking for someone going through chemotherapy. Chemotherapy completely changes the way foods taste and smell making your favorite foods taste terrible. This cookbook empowers you to take control, teaching you how to correct the flavor of your favorite foods so you can enjoy eating again! It specifically teaches you how to overcome side-effects like metallic tastes, mouth sores loss of appetite, and nausea.This book is complete with 90 pages of culinary knowledge and techniques that you need to know to make a difference. There is also over 100 pages of recipes that teach you how to recognize the vital components of a recipe and apply what you just learned.

Suitable for all cooks from beginner to expert. Chef Ryan holds you hand through the entire learning process, and teaches you how to think like a great chef. Use this book in conjunction with Chef Ryan Callahan's Tasting Journal for even greater results!

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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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