Book Review

Recipes for Safe Swallowing

This user-friendly book of recipes for patients with dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, created by Genya Krigman, MA, CCC-SLP, offers dishes for breakfast, main courses, soups, sides, and desserts. The book also contains swallowing strategies and diet consistencies, and comes with a CD with all of the featured recipes on it.

As someone who works per diem in a rehabilitation hospital setting, I have experience working with patients on various diet levels. Patients most often complain that eating is no longer enjoyable for them since their diet has changed. This is an area that Krigman addresses in the book. She states that these patients can safely enjoy their food.

The recipes are both nutritious and safe for the diet level indicated within the book, and though I have not made any of the meals, many of them do sound tasty, though personal preference would play a role in patient choice. However, I appreciate Krigman's goal of creating a recipe book for patients with dysphagia that has healthy, safe and tasty food options. Patients with dysphagia are already somewhat forced into eating a diet with a specific consistency in order to be safe, but this does not mean that they should have to sacrifice taste for safety.

Overall, I would recommend this book to patients and families as the patient is getting ready to leave the rehab setting to return home. If nothing more, it will provide patients and their loved ones with peace of mind that the food they're eating is safe and enjoyable.

The book is very easy to read and follow, including the areas on swallowing suggestions and strategies. My only suggestion would be to include audio versions of the recipes on the CD, which could be useful for patients who may live alone and/or have poor vision. However, the audio would just be an added bonus to an already great book.

Kalyn Rupert works with the 3-5 year-old population at Phillipsburg School District in Phillipsburg, NJ. She also works per diem at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, PA.

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