In my continuing effort to cook all the zucchini from my garden I rummaged through my favorite cookbooks and found this recipe for lemon zucchini bread.The recipe is Donna Weihofen’s and published in her book The Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 Quick and easy recipes with helpful eating hints. No, I don’t have cancer, but like Donna who lives down the block from me, cancer is my neighbor.

I’ve been living next to cancer for over a decade now. My mom died of cancer, before that cancer took my dog and her doggie pals too. My best friend is an oncology nurse practitioner and gives me updates on the courageous struggles of her dearest patients. Even Linda, my boss, is a cancer survivor and in her thankfulness has donated 10% of Wisconsinmade.com’s October profits to cancer recovery programs for the past seven years. But those are only the folks close to me; I have other friends who live with cancer or who have passed from it. As my mom taught me, cancer is something to accept in your life without stopping you from living it. Cancer is normal.

Cooking with cancer is no different from cooking healthfully. That’s Donna’s message. Like the recipes in her other cookbooks, Mom’s Updated Recipe Box, and Mom’s Updated Quick Meals, the recipes in Donna’s cancer cookbook are easy-to-follow, classic family recipes that Donna has modified to heighten their nutritional value. The book is a result of her years working as a nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. She wrote it with her chef, doctor and cancer surviving-friend, Christina Marino. Together they explain how to use food to lessen the common pains and discomforts from cancer and its treatments. They give recipes for easy-to-swallow meals. They evaluate herbal remedies. Their recipes are low-fat and high-fiber, but include recommendations for adding high-calorie, healthy ingredients when weight loss is a problem. Each recipe includes nutritional information regarding calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol and fiber.

But the reason I looked in The Cancer Survival Cookbook for a zucchini recipe is that Donna and Christina’s recipes taste good! Their lemon zucchini bread recipe is zucchini bread with a twist. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe.

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