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

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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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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!

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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

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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