PCRM Doctors Name Five Worst Cookbooks of 2012

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NEWS RELEASE January 22, 2013
PCRM Doctors Name Five Worst Cookbooks of 2012
Worst Cookbooks of 2012

Artery-Clogging Recipes from Rachael Ray, Southern Living, and Downton Abbey Get Thumbs Down

WASHINGTON—Rachael Ray lobbies for healthful school lunches on Capitol Hill, but one serving of her Hearty Mac & Cheese with Squash & Sausage contains about as much saturated fat as a package of Original Oscar Mayer Bacon, doctors say. Rachael Ray’s My Year in Meals is one of the Five Worst Cookbooks of 2012, according to an annual report released by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Also on PCRM’s list this year are The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, Fifty Shades of Chicken, Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches, and Southern Living: The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook.

“One serving of foie gras in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook contains more cholesterol than 10 Big Macs,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education at PCRM. “These recipes are ticking time bombs for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.”

The Five Worst Cookbooks of 2012 are:

Cookbook Nutritional Shocker
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook One serving of Squab with Fig Foie Gras contains more cholesterol than 10 Big Macs and about as much fat as 12 tablespoons of lard.
Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches One serving of Emeril’s Monte Cristo sandwich contains as much sodium as half a medium Papa John’s pepperoni pizza.
Rachael Ray’s My Year in Meals One serving of Hearty Mac & Cheese with Squash & Sausage contains about as much saturated fat as a package of Original Oscar Mayer Bacon.
Fifty Shades of Chicken Just four Bacon-Bound Wings contain more cholesterol than a 10-ounce New York strip steak at Outback Steakhouse.
Southern Living The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook One serving of the Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole has more cholesterol than eight Cinnabon Classics.

One serving of Squab with Fig Foie Gras featured in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook contains 1,143 calories, 75 grams of fat, and 751 milligrams of cholesterol, according to a nutritional analysis by PCRM’s registered dietitians. One serving of Emeril Lagasse’s Monte Cristo sandwich in Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches contains 1,386 calories, 80 grams of fat, and 2,439 milligrams of sodium.

Rachael Ray’s Hearty Mac & Cheese with Squash & Sausage uses one pound of sausage, two cups of cheese, and half a cup of heavy cream for a Sunday supper recipe. Each serving contains 805 calories, 40 grams of fat, and 18 grams of saturated fat.

 

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