Author(s): Peter Morgan-Jones
Don't give me eggs that bounce: 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer's is a breakthrough cookbook that reclaims the enjoyment of food for many who have missed out for too long, making it wonderfully accessible through innovative recipes and extensive practical knowledge. Don't give me eggs that bounce celebrates-and hopes to give voice to-the dignity of older people, people with dementia and those with eating disabilities by offering nutritious, glorious food across a range of dietary needs, letting the 'flavours do the talking'. All in the context of being carefully analysed and clinically appropriate. No compromise on taste or safety. Australia's leading aged care chef, Peter Morgan-Jones, has prepared innovative recipes which draw on his extensive international experience, with one recipe even inspired by cooking for a 'young prince' at Highgrove House. Many of the dishes have been shared in his daily work in HammondCare's dementia cottages, much to the delight of residents and families. He is ably supported by HammondCare experts - dietitian Emily Colombage, dementia consultant Danielle McIntosh and speech pathologist Prudence Ellis who join Peter in writing on how to make mealtimes a pleasurable, social and safe experience in the context of dementia, ageing, swallowing difficulties and texture-modified diets. Such is the skill and experience of Peter Morgan-Jones, even people facing major eating difficulties will find a tasty range of food and drink that they can enjoy. At the same time, people who eat a regular diet will find dozens of recipes, tips and techniques to enhance their culinary experience. Carers are especially supported with time saving techniques, easy options and a special chapter on caring for the carer, along with lists of support organisations and resources Oh, and the title...as the book's introduction says: 'Eggs cooked just the way you like them are one of the great symbols of choice, health and flavour in food. But when it comes to food for older people and those with dementia, too often eggs have come to symbolise just the opposite. When HammondCare's Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Judd, wrote about eggs served to some older people as being more like 'kiln-fired organic pottery' than real eggs, he sparked a conversation that has led all the way to this book, and beyond. Don't give me eggs that bounce: 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer's is a deliberately provocative title aimed at continuing this important food conversation.' Don't give me eggs that bounce will be launched by Maggie Beer at Sydney Hilton on June 26. She is already working closely with Peter Morgan-Jones in her own aged care food campaign. Peter will be speaking and cooking at Tasting Australia in Adelaide in late April 2014 and regular features in the media, including The Australian on March 30.