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NEWS RELEASE November 27, 2002

Doctors Dish It Out on Celebrity Cookbooks

Sopranos, Martha Stewart, Ted Nugent All Panned; Only Marilu Henner Gets High Marks

WASHINGTON—Celebrity cookbooks—including the best-selling Sopranos collection—are unhealthy gift ideas this holiday season, according to a new review by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Despite a few bright spots, the overall results were grim. Martha Stewart’s latest book is as unhealthy as her credit rating. Musician Ted Nugent’s Kill It & Grill It has shock value but little else. Even Emeril needs a nutrition makeover. The only book to win PCRM’s seal of approval was Healthy Holidays by actress Marilu Henner.

“Our prescription is to not look to celebrity cookbooks for healthy foods,” says PCRM dietitian Jen Keller, RD. "The Sopranos Family Cookbook is packed with so much fat and cholesterol, it’s a crime. And Al Roker’s signature dish, Steaks as Big as Your Head, is a recipe for heart disease. Other than Marilu Henner’s latest, shoppers are better off with the non-celebrity cookbooks. The Enlightened Kitchen by Marie Oser and The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld are two healthful, vegetarian books that will help keep your loved ones around until next holiday season.”

The doctors analyzed ten top books for their percentages of healthful recipes, amount of nutrition information, and overall presentation. (A healthful recipe is low-fat, cholesterol-free and fiber-rich.) Here’s how each book rated:

Ten Celebrity Cookbooks Scores
Healthy Holidays: Total Health Entertaining All Year Round
by Marilu Henner and Lorin Henner
83%
Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes, 2003
by Martha Stewart
42%
Live, Love, Eat! The Best of Wolfgang Puck
by Wolfgang Puck
39%
Happy Days with the Naked Chef
by Jamie Oliver
39%
Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners—Easy, Delectable Recipes for Any Occasion
by Nigella Lawson
38%
The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled
by Artie Bucco by Allen Rucker and Michele Scicolone
36%
Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue
by Al Roker
36%
The Wiseguy Cookbook: My Favorite Recipes from My Life As a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run by Henry Hill 34%
Prime Time Emeril: More TV Dinners from America’s Favorite Chef
by Emeril Lagasse
8%
Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish
by Ted Nugent and Shermane Nugent
3%

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org

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