Target: Cookbook author Francesca Baker
Goal: Celebrate the role of a cookbook in helping others recover from eating disorders.
Cookbook author Francesca Baker is helping people with eating disorders with a volume of recipes she sourced from people recovering–but it doesn’t solely focus on food. It aims to address the anxiety, fear and doubts people face at mealtimes. It isn’t meant to replace recovery programs, but to act as a tool to support others during difficult times.
The book, Eating & Living: Recipes for Recovery, is written under the guidelines set by the U.K.’s National Health Society and includes grocery shopping strategies and other tips to make recovery even a little easier. Each recipe is paired with a personal story of someone who has recovered and what food and nourishment means during the process. The tone of support and care is important during recovery and builds a connection between people and food. People who suffer from eating disorders often feel isolated–drinks and snacks with friends are nearly impossible, and social lives often suffer.
Recovering from eating disorders is a long road. Eating is a basic human function, but the mental disconnects that frequently happen with eating disorders make recovery difficult. By creating this cookbook, Francesca Baker has gathered a community of care to support others who need it during difficult times. Please thank her for her work in helping those who are recovering from eating disorders.
Dear Ms. Baker,
Your cookbook, Eating & Living: Recipes for Recovery, is an invaluable tool for those recovering from eating disorders.
Recovery is a long, arduous process for most. Restricted eating often means restricted social lives–and many people often feel alone and confused during recovery. Your book acts as a friend and a gentle guide for those who need one. Though this book is not meant to replace recovery programs or plans, by reaching out to others who have suffered and meeting guidelines of The National Health Society and registered dietitians, you have created a resource that is always available.
Eating disorders have long been stigmatized, making admission and recovery tougher for patients. Providing this book is a source of support to many–not only in the recipes, but in the stories and tips and guidelines throughout. Eating & Living: Recipes for Recovery also addresses feelings of judgment and anxiety throughout the entire recovery process, not just as it pertains to food itself.
The stigma surrounding eating disorders is slowly but surely being broken by people like you who have made it a priority to tell these stories and offer help where possible. Thank you for your work in helping others recover from eating disorders in a caring, comforting way.
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