Brisbane chef releases cookbook inspired by sister's cancer journey
04 June 2013
Well-known Brisbane chef and author, Alison Taafe, has released her third cookbook - Eat for your Life - inspired by her sister Laura Du Pre Moore's breast cancer journey and return to good health.
Eat for your Life chronicles Alison's heartfelt devotion to Laura and determination to save her sister's life through healthy eating.
"It was written, not only for Laura, now 44, but all those who suffer ill health - as health should be our number one priority," Alison, 48, says.
"Since Laura's first diagnosis in 2007 and second in 2010, I have been catapulted, out of necessity, into saving my sister's life."
An initial operation to remove Laura's tumour was followed by chemotherapy, radiation and many side effects. In 2010, secondary cancer tumours were detected in Laura’s bones and she was told she had as little as two years to live.
After exhausting all traditional medicines available in Australia, Alison took up the challenge.
"I starting researching alternative treatments and luckily discovered the Hoxsey Treatment at the Bio Medical Centre in Tijuana, Mexico. Immediately, I started making arrangements to take Laura there," she says.
Alison established a charity - Eat for a Cure - and began hosting dinners and lunches to raise the necessary funds for the 2011 trip.
"Once in Mexico, Laura was prescribed - first and foremost - the Hoxsey tonic (a powerful combination of nutrients), supplements, a very strict diet and a strong mental attitude. With my background in the culinary world, this positive approach was like waving the chequered flag in front of me. It was the start of the challenge to keep Laura alive through the power of healthy, nutritional food and supplements. So I created a diet and Laura adhered to it.
"Incredibly, Laura was declared cancer free both in Mexico and Australia in 2012."
Today, Laura is cancer free, remains on her strict diet and has returned to work at her home-based business, Twinkle Toes, at Wakerley, Brisbane.
"As a chef, I had to completely rethink my approach to food. We've been through such an incredible experience where healthy eating has contributed to my sister's recovery. Eat for your Life, is my way of sharing that newfound knowledge with others.
"I want everyone who has chronic health issues to know how healthy eating can help change their condition - and maybe even their life."
Eat for your Life is a result of three years' research and writing. A chronicle of Laura's journey and celebration of her return to good health, it is packed with more than 200 recipes and images.
It includes nutritional information and tips and hints to eat for health. It also has chapters on eating prescriptively to fight other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood cholesterol - all of which various members of Alison's family have experienced.
Alison, also known as The Sassy Chef, is renowned for her trademark hot pink chef's jacket and charismatic personality as captured in her book.
Eat for your Life will be launched at various public and private events in Brisbane in coming months. It is available online through Alison's website for $30 plus postage and handling. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Eat for a Cure to fund healthy eating cooking demonstrations and seminars Alison plans to organise around Queensland.
For further information, please contact:
Toni Lucke, Aqua Public Relations - telephone 07 3312 2505