The Healthy Back Kitchen: Move Easier, Cook SimplerHow to Enjoy Great Food While Managing Back Pain (Paperback)

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The Healthy Back Kitchen: Move Easier, Cook SimplerHow to Enjoy Great Food While Managing Back Pain (Paperback)

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As highlighted on NPR, we use kitchen ergonomics to reinvent every step of the cooking process so you can cook well with less physical strain while enjoying delicious meals.

Written in collaboration with neurosurgeon Griffin Baum, M.D., this cookbook and guidebook teaches a simpler way of moving in the kitchen, with 225+ recipes designed to avoid prolonged standing and minimize exertion.

A bowl of pasta becomes easier when you ditch the big pot of boiling water and simmer everything in a skillet or Instant Pot. Comfort classics get reimagined as low-lift affairs: lasagna in a loaf pan, Parmesan risotto in your slow cooker, or beef pot pie for two in a skillet.

Working with Dr. Baum, we explore every part of cooking to improve accessibility, boost quality of life, and help you enjoy cooking.

Downsize and optimize: In “The Ergonomic Kitchen,” we’ll help you set up a functional work space, whether you’re standing or seated. (Do you know how to position your cutting board to enhance posture and minimize back strain?) 

Everyone needs a good apron: The right apron brings the kitchen to you so you can keep certain tools close at hand and avoids unnecessary standing or reaching. 

Prep ahead! These recipes have been carefully chosen to minimize prep time, and we also share tips for spacing out prep work, so time spent actually cooking is faster and more pleasurable. Why not start dinner with a do-ahead simmering sauce for chicken or fish?

Take a break: Recipes highlight breaks in the cooking process so you can see at a glance when you can sit down if you need to. 

Shopping and entertaining tips: Cooking for friends and family should not be off limits even if you have back pain. These sections help you take the stress out of the process.

Simple excercises to keep you limber and safe: Dr. Baum provides exercises to do when you have a space 10 minutes as well as advice on the best ways to unpack groceries, bring serving dishes to the table, and bend down to put something in the oven.
America's Test Kitchen publishes award-winning cookbooks along with Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and produces public television's top-rated shows, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. It is a very real 15,000-square foot kitchen located in Boston's Seaport district and is home to more than 60 test cooks, editors, and tasting and testing experts. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781954210653
ISBN-10: 1954210655
Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 344
Language: English
"A new cookbook, The Healthy Back Kitchen — out this month from cooking media empire America's Test Kitchen — aims to help back-pain sufferers enjoy cooking, with mindful adaptations to their kitchen techniques. The book focuses on the mechanics of cooking, starting with the concept of mise-en-place – gathering the tools and ingredients and tools you need before you start cooking, with the help of a rolling cart to minimize walking around with heavy things. It recommends sitting to chop vegetables, and using kitchen shears in the place of knives for trimming beans and cutting broccoli for less back exertion." -- NPR

"ATK is known for its excellent, well-tested recipes which span all layers of difficulty, and if you follow their lead, your food comes out very well. ATK’s authors are not known for their chiropractic prowess, yet in this book you'll find a combination of new recipes along with some from its archives that have been re-engineered with achy backs in mind. The recipes lean toward their easier stuff, which is the whole point. The book also gets into kitchen-centric back pain management strategies, everything from medication (duh!), to mindfulness, to rearranging your kitchen. Recipes even have taking breaks built into them." -- Wired