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My dad just started dialysis, and I'd like to buy my mom a cookbook to help her navigate his new dietary restrictions. I've looked on Amazon, but many of the best-rated books date from the mid-80s. I'm guessing there have been some changes to best practices since then. I plan to speak to his nutritionist sometime after the holidays, but in the meantime any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

asked by Bemie almost 5 years ago
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added almost 5 years ago

Here is a site from the national institute of health- looks like there is a lot to know about, and that it may be very patient specific.

These cookbooks provide recipes for people on dialysis:

The Renal Gourmet
Mardy Peters
ISBN: 0–9641730–0–X
Emenar Incorporated
13n625 Coombs Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Fax: 847–741–8696
Email: webmaster@kidney-cookbook...

Southwest Cookbook for People on Dialysis
Developed by the El Paso Chapter Council on Renal Nutrition
and the National Kidney Foundation of Texas, Inc.
Published by a grant from Amgen Inc.
Internet: (PDF, 1.17 MB)

Creative Cooking for Renal Diets
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
ISBN: 0–941511–00–6
Senay Publishing
P.O. Box 397
Chesterland, OH 44026
Phone: 866–648–2693

Creative Cooking for Renal Diabetic Diets
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
ISBN: 0–941511–01–4
Senay Publishing
P.O. Box 397
Chesterland, OH 44026
Phone: 866–648–2693

Cooking for David
Culinary Kidney Cooks
P.O. Box 468
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: 714–842–4684
Email: Eric.Brooks@CulinaryKidneyCooks...
Internet: www.culinarykidneycooks...

More Online Information

The American Association of Kidney Patients provides an online nutrition counter at

The National Kidney Foundation offers many fact sheets for patients with kidney disease at on the Internet.

Best of luck!!

added almost 5 years ago

Thanks so much. This is super helpful. I'll browse through these and possibly order one for inspiration, though you're right -- we will definitely be tailoring his diet to his particular needs (unfortunately he suffers from several other health issues which also affect his diet).


Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 5 years ago

Bernie, here's a pdf from that may be able to help you: