Culinary Kidney Cooks
published "Cooking For David, A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook"
for renal and renal diabetic dialysis patients and their caregivers in
September 2000. This modern and up-to-date dialysis cookbook is filled with helpful information on food
composition, food trade-offs, cooking tips, favorite recipe modifications,
portions and menus, as well as 160 culinary recipes to cook at home. The
recipes are simple to follow and were developed by Sara
Colman, RD, CDE, Renal Dietitian, Nutrition Educator and Dorothy
Gordon, BS, RN.
In April of 2003, Culinary Kidney Cooks launched its second successful
product for the kidney disease community: our "Food
Pyramid for Healthy Eating with Kidney Disease." This
two-sided color Food Pyramid is designed to be customized for each
individual's particular diet needs by a Renal Dietitian in a dialysis
clinic setting. It is available in English and in Spanish. Please click
here for more information on this exciting new product to benefit
the dialysis community!
The Story of Culinary Kidney Cooks:
Dorothy Gordon's husband David was diagnosed
with End Stage Renal Disease, or ESRD in 1997, and began needing to follow a strict dialysis diet
immediately. Eating took on new effort and importance for Dorothy and
David, because no longer can one take eating for granted when on kidney dialysis. With guidance from David's
Renal Dietitian Sara Colman, Dorothy began reworking her family's favorite recipes to meet the new
parameters demanded by the dialysis diet.
Sara Colman, a
Registered Dietitian and specialist in the End Stage Renal Diet, saw how much effort and dedication
Dorothy put into cooking for David, and she and the Gordons soon became close
friends. Sara has many years of experience teaching people how to eat and
maintain proper nutrition on the strict renal diet, and had always dreamed of
writing a cookbook to help her many dialysis patients cope with eating while on dialysis. Sara's passion is food and cooking, and the timing
was finally right to publish a cookbook combining her professional expertise and
For the next
three years, Dorothy and Sara
tirelessly developed and tested recipes, using sophisticated food analysis
software to design and adjust the composition of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, and protein in the
recipes, with David as the ultimate judge of their success. Anyone on
dialysis will benefit tremendously from the strict but satisfying diet control the recipes help
Because of Sara and Dorothy's dedication to
making their dream a reality, many more people with kidney failure will be
able to use and enjoy "Cooking For David, A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook",
for a better diet, for better health, and a better life on dialysis.
The Culinary Kidney Cooks Team:
We are a team of three interested in sharing recipes,
food facts, and dialysis related nutrition information. We hope to
create a site that serves as a useful, interesting resource for anyone
dealing with kidney failure. We welcome your comments
and suggestions to help us accomplish this goal.
Sara is a Registered Dietitian
and Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition. She is also a Certified Diabetes
Educator. She has ten years experience working
with kidney failure patients and their families. She loves to experiment
with food, and is regarded as an excellent cook in her circle of friends.
Dorothy is a retired
Registered Nurse and mother of seven children and eleven grandchildren.
She is a talented, creative cook. Dorothy has several years’
experience preparing meals for her husband David’s renal diet on a
Eric is a Professional Engineer and Webmaster
of CulinaryKidneyCooks.com. He translates our concepts to make them
web workable in the hope that through the gift of the Internet,
many more people will be able to benefit from the renal diet work we
Sara and Dorothy co-wrote "Cooking
for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". They want to share
their recipes with people with kidney failure and their families to help make
mealtime more enjoyable. Recipes from the book are posted weekly at
Here’s what Sara and Dorothy say about the book…
Why "Cooking for David" was written:
Writing the cookbook was an adventure in putting into
practice day to day preparation of meals based on the dietary
requirements for those on kidney dialysis. David Gordon is one of many
people faced with the difficult life changes that dialysis requires.
The treatment entails sitting in a
recliner for 4 hours 3 times a week while his blood is filtered through
a dialysis machine. This is uncomfortable as well as boring and leaves
David feeling tired after the treatment.
The required diet restrictions
are another equally irksome aspect of kidney failure. As a talented cook,
Dorothy’s heart went out to David every time she prepared and shared
unseasoned bland meals from the restricted renal diet. She began to
work in more satisfying variations of the recipes she had been
using. Her objective was to create recipes tasty enough to replace the foods
her husband loves and can no longer eat. These same recipes are now
included in social eating events with family and friends. With medical
nutritional guidance from renal dietitian Sara Colman, "Cooking
for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook" was
created. Our hope is to help others dealing with the complexities and
challenges of following a renal diet.
Dorothy Gordon BS, RN
Sara Colman, RD, CDE, CSR, Renal Dietitian, Nutrition Educator
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