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Low Protein Cookery for Phenylketonuria
Third Edition Virginia E. Schuett


Much more than a cookbook, Low Protein Cookery for Phenylketonuria   (PKU) is a practical and easy-to-use guide for those who must maintain a protein-restricted diet for treatment of PKU or similar inherited diseases of protein metabolism. It contains hundreds of helpful suggestions for managing the diet. This third edition of Low Protein Cookery for PKU appears exactly twenty years after the original 1977 publication and includes the 450-plus recipes and the hints from the 1988 second edition that have been used and enjoyed by families for nearly a decade.

The major new feature of the third edition is entirely new nutrient calculations. The available food supply has changed significantly in the past fifteen years, and nutrient information is much better now. The nutrient calculations in this edition of the cookbook are based on the updated 1995 Low Protein Food List for PKU compiled by the author, which is the most widely used food list for the PKU diet in the United States. Some of the changes in nutrient values are subtle, others more significant; all reflect the best information currently available.

Low Protein Cookery for PKU offers recipes that appeal to a wide range of ages, suit a wide range of individual diet requirements, and facilitate integration of the diet into normal family eating routines. Many of the recipes are suitable for the entire family; others include instructions for adapting the recipe to suit the needs of family members not on the diet, or are accompanied by recipes for the preparation of similar non-diet items. The recipes provide gram weights when appropriate, for greater accuracy in preparing the recipes and in maintaining the diet.

"A useful and extensive set of ideas for use by professionals, which may be adapted for their own patients, to provide more variety in a specialized diet."—Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

"The author is well aware of the difficulties and time necessary for preparation of a special diet. Most of the recipes are simple and easy to prepare. . . . The chapter on 'Everyday Tips' is enormously helpful in storing and freezing, planning meals, and generally assisting the cook to manage a special diet."—Academic Library Book Review

Virginia E. Schuett is founder and director of National PKU News in Seattle, Washington, and editor of that organization's newsletter. She has been working with PKU-affected families since 1972 and has published numerous articles and other educational materials on the subject.

For more information click here for The National PKU News website.


August 1997
572 pp.      16 color photos, line art throughout  5 7/8 x 9 ISBN 0-299-15384-3   Paper $24.95S



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