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I'm on chemo - what can I eat that will taste good?

I live in New Orleans and love your website. Most of my family have used your diet plans. I have done that too, in the past, but now find myself on chemo for lymphoma and just wondered if you all had done any research at all on how to make things palatable when the tastebuds go awry. I know what to eat and what not to - I just don't know how to make it taste bearable.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Scrambled eggs - often well tolerated while on chemotherapy

Thanks for your nice words about the Dr. Gourmet web site. I'm sorry to hear about the issues with you are having with lymphoma.

I haven't had the opportunity to do my own research into cooking while on chemotherapy (or in some cases radiation therapy). I have, however, found a book that I think is excellent. The title is Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy by José van Mil. It is one of the most innovative approaches to the issue of eating while on chemotherapy.

The author is a chef and along with consultation with a physician has delivered a fantastic book. The sections are divided into light, smooth, soft with a bite, liquid, crispy, and firm. The recipes are delicious and the book beautiful. Although it's published in England, you can purchase your own used copy from

Thanks for writing and all my good wishes are with you.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet