Recipes to make during chemotherapy, crafted by celebrity chefs and focused on flavor.

Chemo Kitchen

Our first cookbook is available now!

Recipes to make during chemotherapy, crafted by celebrity chefs and focused on flavor.

Chemo Kitchen

Our first cookbook is available now!

Recipes to make during chemotherapy, crafted by celebrity chefs and focused on flavor.

Chemo Kitchen

Our first cookbook is available now!

Why Food?

We understand the critical importance of nutrition during chemotherapy. Chemo Kitchen isn’t intended to circumvent nutritional counseling. Our entire focus is on a taste victory. Everyone, both with cancer and those committed to help, are already dealing with a lot. There is so much out of our control during chemo—the treatments, the surgeries, the life changes, the zaps and pokes and prods—sometimes a little victory is all it takes to turn the tables.

For most people going through chemotherapy, food tastes different than it did before. Why? Chemo kills fast-growing cells. This is good if you are fighting cancer tumors, and bad if you are a taste bud. It’s a little different for everyone, but the strongest taste characteristics when people go through chemo are often metallic, sour or bitter. On top of that, eating is challenged by chemo-induced nausea or indifference, traditionally leading to meals being more about nutrition and sustaining weight than enjoyment.

James Beard Award Winner, author, radio and podcast talk show host

Tom Douglas

James Beard Award Winner, StarChef Rising Star Chef Award

Brady Williams

Host of America’s longest-running cooking show, Ciao Italia, published over a dozen cookbooks

Mary Ann Esposito

Best New Chef All-Star by Food & Wine Magazine, Two time James Beard Award Winners

Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest, Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France, radio and podcast talk show host

Thierry Rautureau

James Beard Award Finalist, StarChef Rising Star Restauranteur Award, Best New Chef All-Star, Food and Wine Magazine

Ethan Stowell

James Beard Award Winner, author, radio and podcast talk show host

Tom Douglas

James Beard Award Winner, StarChef Rising Star Chef Award

Brady Williams

Host of America’s longest-running cooking show, Ciao Italia, published over a dozen cookbooks

Mary Ann Esposito

Best New Chef All-Star by Food & Wine Magazine, Two time James Beard Award Winners

Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest, Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France, radio and podcast talk show host

Thierry Rautureau

James Beard Award Finalist, StarChef Rising Star Restauranteur Award, Best New Chef All-Star, Food and Wine Magazine

Ethan Stowell

We're underway.

Chemo Kitchen was brought to life with generous donations of time from volunteers and professionals from all sorts of disciplines, and we're so thankful for the help. As with many organizations led by volunteers, it's taken longer than we've wanted for us to get going.

But we're going.

We now have new leadership, an experienced publisher, and bigger things in the works. As always, we're hoping to grow our community on the social platforms where people can share additional recipes and ideas. Join our movement below!

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Books in Bulk.

Through the course of developing the cookbook, one of our most successful activations happened with people sponsored books to individual hospitals and treatment centers. Our goal is to get as many books in the hands of people who need them as fast as possible. If you represent a hospital or pharmaceutical provider or anyone who needs books in bulk, please click here to contact a special shipment.