A Complete Illustrated Guide to cooking with Arthritis

ABOUT Melinda Winner

Melinda Winner
Melinda Winner is an Author of two books Yankee Cooking with Southern Charm  and her latest A complete Illustrated guide to cooking with arthritis . Melinda is a Mother of three and Grandmother of five . Melinda suffers from five forms of arthritis and a birth injury . However ; this did  More...


Are you one of the millions of people that suffer from arthritis, a chronic disease, or a physical injury?  Is cooking your passion or, at the very least, a necessity?

  Come along on a culinary journey around the world with Melinda Winner in her second cookbook, A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis, which will bring the millions of physically challenged individuals back into the kitchen pain free and fearless.  As a physically challenged individual herself, Melinda shares techniques for creating mouthwatering recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, as well as delicious rubs, sauces, and jellies.

  An Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis is packed full of delectable, original recipes sure to delight any palate and is a must-have for any cookbook collection.  Each easy-to-read recipe is written for use by anyone, physically challenged or not, and includes an informative section of kitchen terms, culinary resources, and basic tips to help make everyday life simpler.

  “If you have arthritis and love to cook, you must have this book!  Even if you don’t have arthritis, you will love the great mix of traditional and modern recipes.”
Gayle Long Ward
Wilmington, NC

Melinda Winner has had a passion for cooking since childhood.  She has five forms of arthritis and a birth injury that left her right arm with very limited use, but Melinda still attended culinary school and now enjoys preparing food of all types from simple Southern to fine cuisine.  Melinda has won several national recipe contests, cooked off on a major television network, and published her first cookbook, Yankee Cooking with Southern Charm, in July 2008.  In her spare time, Melinda enjoys horseback riding, swimming, traveling, and hiking.  She has three grown children and five grandchildren.  Melinda enjoys life to its fullest each and every day!



As a nurse, it is so inspiring to see someone like Melinda who does not let her disease define who she is or set limitations in her life.  Melinda does not let pain stop her; it is merely a hurdle that she chooses to jump over.  I once read that "the pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change and the realist adjusts his sails."  Melinda is a realist.  While being dealt more than her fair share of obstacles, she has adapted and persevered to fulfill her dreams.” Elizabeth Jenne, RN “
Melinda has created a unique recipe, physical therapy, and inspirational book.  If you have arthritis and love to cook, you must have this book!  Even if you don’t have arthritis, you will love the great mix of traditional and modern recipes.” 
Gayle Long Ward, Cape Fear Garden Club, Wilmington, NC
Melinda Winner has rheumatoid arthritis.  The thirty-five years that I have practiced rheumatology have seen incredible advances, but rheumatoid arthritis is still a terrible disease.  The therapeutic goal has gone from delaying confinement to a wheelchair to achieving remission.  Even when treatment is less than completely successful, the relentless progression toward deformity and debilitation can often be halted.  However, these treatments come at a high cost, both financially and in terms of risk.  Not everyone responds well.  Damage already done cannot be reversed.  Pain and fatigue still disrupt lives.  Disability, starting with employment and then intruding into everyday activities, threatens the capacity of patients to care for their families and themselves.  There are good days and bad days.  Even on good days, courage is required to make plans, to take on responsibilities, to get involved, because on bad days it can be hard—really hard—to so much as get out of bed, much less to lead a normal life.  Such has been the life of Melinda Winner.  There are pills.  There is counseling.  Adaptations and attitude adjustments help some people cope.  And then there are people like Melinda Winner who do not merely make peace with their adversities, but, by the example of their lives, extinguish our fears as well.  The healthy and the ailing alike are made better by them.  Anything really is possible.  Thank you, Melinda.  May all your recipes contain a little of the spice that sustains you and enriches the lives you touch!
John C. Huntwork, M.D.


Professional Review :
Published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC (September 29 release)

Reviewed by Barbara L. Fielder

Right from the get-go, I knew this cookbook was going to be a winner. Loaded with tempting and delectable dishes, hors d’oeuvres, breads, desserts and more, anyone who enjoys cooking and eating will find this cookbook a treasure. What makes it so special is that the author has convincingly made the proposal that even with arthritis or another disability, you no longer need to be out of your kitchen or rely solely on others to carry on the joy of cooking. She speaks to you first-hand as a woman who meets the challenges of arthritis head-on.

You’ll discover 20 tips for living with arthritis in the kitchen, making your foray into the kitchen a safe and easy transition. A comprehensive list of cooking terms and abbreviations starts off your journey into Cooking with Arthritis, followed by an array of delightful recipes for anyone’s dining pleasure. As a footnote, author Winner has created dishes that have a Southern flair, as does her previous cookbook.

The cookbook is published in the traditional paperback format, and as such, I found it challenging to keep the book open on my kitchen countertop. That being said, you will find it useful to have a bookstand on which to place your recipe book. Perhaps the author will put her next eagerly awaited cookbook in a spiral-bound format for ease in keeping the cookbook flat on your countertop or for placement in your bookstand.

The author also notes the type of kitchen countertop appliances that minimize difficulties in mixing and preparing your food. Small items such as an automatic jar lid opener may already be in your kitchen, but if you’re just getting started, a trip to some of the author’s suggested web sites or supply sources will give you the confidence to begin the joy of Cooking with Arthritis.

Armchair Interviews says: Only complaint is presentation—not in cookbook format that’s easy to lay flat.

Author’s Web site: www.CookingWithArthritis.com

To purchase—Publisher’s Store: http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60799-738-2

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