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NEWS RELEASE December 21, 2010

Doctors List Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010

Fat-Heavy Recipes of Gordon Ramsay, Ina Garten, Trisha Yearwood Get Thumbs Down

WASHINGTON—Bad boy TV chef Gordon Ramsay may make the ratings sizzle, but his recipes could put you on the road to a heart attack, doctors say. Ramsay’s cookbook, World Kitchen, is one of the worst cookbooks of 2010, according to the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which advocates a healthy diet for disease prevention.

Other cookbooks on the doctors’ no-no list include Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? by Food Network chef Ina Garten, Home Cooking by country singer Trisha Yearwood, How to Cook Like a Top Chef  from the makers of the hit TV show Top Chef, and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier.

In one recipe (named Garth’s Breakfast Bowl) in Yearwood’s cookbook, the songstress cooks up a single dish with eight large eggs, a pound of bacon and a pound of sausage, cheese tortellini, cheddar cheese, tater tots, and butter. How to Cook Like a Top Chef features deep-fried bacon doughnuts, among other health-shockers. Ramsay recreates fat-laden versions of recipes from around the world, including his British Pheasant Casserole, which includes two pheasants, smoked bacon, butter, and double cream.

“These cookbooks are blueprints for obesity and heart disease,” says PCRM’s nutrition education director Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “They completely disregard the fact that America’s in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Ramsay and other chefs have turned even traditionally healthy recipes into unhealthy ones by adding copious amounts of fat.”

The Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010 are:

World Kitchen, by Gordon Ramsay
Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
Home Cooking, by Trisha Yearwood
How to Cook Like a Top Chef  from the makers of Top Chef
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier

For a copy of the report or to schedule an interview with registered dietitian Susan Levin, contact Vaishali Honawar at 202-527-7339 or

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.

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Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.

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