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Jamie Oliver, Paula Deen Make PCRM’s Worst Cookbooks of 2011 List

Jamie Oliver wants to revolutionize school nutrition. But one serving of the Meatball Sandwich in his new cookbook contains more fat than a Big Mac. Paula Deen’s new cookbook also makes PCRM’s Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011.

Also on PCRM’s list this year are cookbooks by Food Network chefs Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, and Patrick and Gina Neely, plus a compendium of recipes from Cook’s Illustrated magazine.

“The high-fat meals in these cookbooks are real recipes for disaster,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM’s nutrition education director. “It’s great that Jamie Oliver and other chefs are focusing on fresh and local ingredients, but some of these recipes have more calories and cholesterol than a Big Mac. The real key to healthful eating is moving away from high-fat, meaty meals that increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.”

One serving of the Meatball Sandwich in Jamie Oliver’s book contains 1,182 calories, 47 grams of fat (including 18.5 grams of saturated fat), 185 milligrams of cholesterol, and 2,352 milligrams of sodium, according to a nutritional analysis based on estimates by PCRM dietitians. Fieri’s recipes include the Jambalaya Sandwich, loaded with bacon, pork butt or pork loin, smoked sausage, Andouille sausage, chicken thighs, and Havarti cheese. Deen, who made it into PCRM’s Worst Cookbooks of the Decade list two years ago, is back on this year’s list with her latest cookbook, which contains recipes like Burgoo—a stew that calls for 3 pounds of chicken, 2 pounds of beef, and 2 pounds of lamb.

The Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011 are:

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.

To read the Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011, visit

Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes

PCRM Online,
January 2012

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