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"Who says that a low protein diet has to be boring, bland, or repetitive?" So begins Apples to Zucchini, a 512-page cookbook with 562 recipes by Virginia Schuett and Dorothy Corry.

Apples to Zucchini  will show you just how varied and interesting a low protein diet can be, using a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and only a limited number of commercially made low protein products. We hope this book will be the start of a satisfying culinary and taste adventure!

What do you eat when your diet doesn’t allow most of the major food groups, including meat, milk, eggs, cheese, and legumes? Often the emphasis of a restricted diet is on what you cannot eat. This book focuses on the best of what you can eat. Apples to Zucchini  is designed for anyone on a low protein diet for a medical reason, whether it is for for chronic kidney disease (CKD) or a metabolic disorder such as phenylketonuria (PKU) or maple syrup urine disease (MSUD).

Drawing on their collective 50 years of experience with low protein diets, Nutritionist Virginia Schuett and PKU parent Dorothy Corry developed and tested this extensive and exciting new collection of low protein recipes. Both beginning and more skilled cooks will be able to experience a world of pleasurable eating within the limits of a low protein diet. All of the recipes were thoroughly tested in the authors’ home kitchens and have clear instructions.

The recipes focus on using naturally low protein fresh fruits and vegetables, with limited use of special low protein products, which can be expensive. The book’s purpose is to enhance healthy living and provide satisfying meals for people of any age on a low protein diet. Ypu'll find recipes that can be adapted for higher protein diets as well, so family and friends can eat most of the same foods as the person on the diet. As such, there are many tips for making the recipes suitable for everyone and very few recipes that are geared only to low protein diets.

Apples to Zucchini   meets many needs. There are recipes suitable for just about anyone, from young children to older adults and everyone in between. Most recipes are can be incorporated into your every day meal plans, while others are great for special occasions. Many use familiar ingredients; others are more adventurous. Some recipes are really low in protein, while others satisfy more lenient diets.

The cookbook has many exciting dishes! You'll find more than 170 satisfying vegetable dishes and more than 70 versatile salads. There are nearly 100 wonderful sweet treats, many of which use fruit - naturally low in calories and fat, as well as being very low in protein. Bread and Beyond, a chapter on low protein breads, will help make bread a diet staple. The chapter called Pasta Please!  includes dozens of delicious low protein pasta dishes. The Company’s Coming  chapter will help you entertain with confidence and style. There are grilling tips for vegetables and fruits in Hot off the Grill, and if you are looking for something really different, you'll love the recipes in The Adventurous Cook.

Each recipe provides nutritional data for calories, phenylalanine, leucine, tyrosine, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, so the book is easy to use with an individual diet plan as prescribed by a healthcare professional. All of the recipes contain less than 3 grams of protein per serving, and most contain less than 2 grams.

Nutritional calculations are based on the latest US Department of Agriculture data, supplemented with manufacturer’s data and data from The Low Protein Food List for PKU (by Virginia Schuett).