A cook with arthritis adapts to kitchen, writes a book
Melinda Winner was in her 20s when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Born with the use of one arm, and now battling pain, Winner sank into depression. She gained 100 pounds and thought her dreams of being a chef were fading.
Winner, now 48, took control and lost the extra weight through walking and smarter eating. Through a series of adaptations, she rediscovered her love of cooking and regained her independence. She has written a book to help others do the same: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking With Arthritis.
Winner has appeared on the Food Network and local newscasts. She conducts cooking seminars, where she demonstrates how to use everyday objects to overcome different physical limitations. She says her successes stem from sheer determination.
“I’m not one of these people that give up,” she said. “I’m a true survivor.”
A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis
by Melinda Winner
Are you one of the millions of people that suffer from arthritis, a chronic disease, or a physical injury? Is cooking your passion or, at the very least, a necessity? Come along on a culinary journey around the world with Melinda Winner in her second cookbook, A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis, which will bring the millions of physically challenged individuals back into the kitchen pain free and fearless. As a physically challenged individual herself, Melinda shares techniques for creating mouthwatering recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, as well as delicious rubs, sauces, and jellies. An Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis is packed full of delectable, original recipes sure to delight any palate and is a must-have for any cookbook collection. Each easy-to-read recipe is written for use by anyone, physically challenged or not, and includes an informative section of kitchen terms, culinary resources, and basic tips to help make everyday life simpler.
Our first guest, Melinda Winner, is a woman on a mission – which is – to make the world aware of a debilitating disease that steals the lives of men, women and children every day in this country. She will soon be setting off on a life changing adventure across the United States. Melinda will start here in Pittsburgh, PA and head north, then south, east and west, visiting every state in the union. She has vowed not to stop until America becomes aware of the severity of auto immune system diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Melinda wants to help all 46 million+ sufferers of these diseases.
Melinda is also a noted cook. Her talents have taken her all the way to the Food network. She competed on the Ultimate Recipe Showdown in 2008. She has also authored two books: The first, Yankee Cooking with Southern Charm was released in 2008. The Second: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis has just been released. This book is the first of its kind. This book was designed to help the physically challenged regain their independence in the kitchen.
Updated: Melinda Winner also guest blogs at AFWPA Rheum For Wellness: http://arthritisfoundationwpa.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/featured-guest-blog-cooking-with-arthritis-author-melinda-winner/