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Here Are the 'Unhealthiest' Cookbooks of 2011


The merry vegan propagandists of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are back with their annual list of unhealthiest cookbooks. Among their choices this year: Guy Fieri's Guy Fieri Food, The Neelys' Celebration Cookbook, and Paula Deen's new book Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible. Who knew Anthony Bourdain would ever have something in common with vegan scaremongers?

The list is heavy on the TV personalities (as was last year's) and the picks seem chosen more for the visibility of each book than its actual health level. After all, they picked The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook for having a section on grilled meats when, say, The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, which has recipes for foie gras breakfast sandwiches and horse and the like, is nowhere to be seen. Also, Jamie Oliver's on the list, who is pretty active when it comes to fighting obesity? Anyway, here's the full list, with PCRM's reasoning.

PCRM's Five Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2011

· Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: One serving of the Meatball Sandwich contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat.

· Guy Fieri Food: Jambalaya Sandwich contains bacon, smoked sausage, and Andouille sausage; such processed meats raise colon cancer risk.

· Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.

· The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: More than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.

· The Neelys' Celebration Cookbook: Bourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.

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