The No-Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook Review

by Curt Donohue on April 15, 2009

My mother is on a very strict 500mg/day (maximum) low sodium diet.  To give you an idea of how strict that is, the average low sodium diet is about 2000mg/day.  On top of that she has been on a potassium restriction due to the issues that she’s had with her kidneys.

She has been getting by on eggs, meat and raw fruits and veggies, and her friends who love her have gone so far as to make homemade sweet cream butter in attempts to offer her a meal that she could actually eat.  In short, everyone has been miserable trying to come up with ways to help her enjoy food again, my mother, most of all.

Desperate, I started looking for books, which is what I always do when I can’t find the answers to what I’m looking for.  After roaming around the bookstore, I found several low salt cookbooks and so far, there has only been one that met my mothers’s, fathers and my own strict standards. It’s called “The No-Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook” by Donald Gazzaniga.  You can check it out at Amazon using the following link:  The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook

This book has been out for a few years now, but so far in my early search it is the only book that I have come across that actually lists the nutritional information of each recipe – potassium included.  In addition, it lists sodium content, not only for the recipe, but for each serving as well.  On top of the great recipes, it is loaded with suggestions on what you can shop for and gives day to day meal plans that also list daily sodium content (none of which exceeds 500mg). All of this proved invaluable in deciding that yes, you can purchase chicken that had 70-90 milligrams of sodium in it and easily stay under your daily requirement.   In my search, I was desperate to find a sodium and potassium free baking soda and baking powder so my mother could enjoy some baked goods.  Through this book, I discovered that they do indeed exist and are easily accessible on the internet.

This is a book written for folks with congestive heart failure and hypertension, but it works just as well for my mom’s kidney issues. I left the book for her, but am planning to purchase one for myself, and test some of these recipes out. I’ll let you know in future writings how they come out, and would love to hear what you have for feedback, resources and ideas!

Previous post:

Next post: