List of Cookbooks for Kidney Patients

Living Well on Dialysis: A Cookbook for Patients and Their Families (2002, 3rd edition)

Author:Council on Renal Nutrition - National Kidney Foundation
Cost:$14.95 plus shipping & handling
Available from:ORDER ONLINE thru the NKF Store
Search: item #11-10-0420
(800) 622-9010
Comments:103 pages
Recipes: large variety of recipes, nutrient analysis, helpful hints and tips
Audience: renal

Brilliant Eats: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Anyone Who Wants to be Kidney Wise (2008, from PKD Foundation)

Author:Kelly L. Welsh, RD, CD
Cost:$24.95 plus $7.25 shipping and handling
Proceeds benefit kidney disease research and patient education
Available from:Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation
(866) 524-6732
Comments:Recipes: shows how families faced with kidney disease can incorporate healthy eating into their daily lives
Audience: renal
Other: author is a PKD patient

Calabash Cookbook for Kidney Health

Author:NKF of Hawaii
Cost:$15.00 + $5.00 Shipping and handling
Available from:NKF of Hawaii
1314 South King Street Suite #1555
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 593-1515
Comments:Recipes: reflects diverse cultures and foods of Hawaii, nutrition analysis, dining out hints
Audience: dialysis patients, chronic kidney disease patients stages 4 and 5

Carbohydrate and Sodium Controlled Recipes (1983)

Author:Council on Renal Nutrition of Northern California/Northern Nevada
Cost:$7.50, plus $2.50 shipping and handling
Available from:UCSF Medical Center
Mount Zion Dialysis Unit
c/o Suzanne Gibson, RD
1675 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Ph: (415) 353-7725
Fax: (415) 885-7396
Comments:Recipes: low in saturated fat, nutrient analysis, large print
Audience: adult hemodialysis and home therapies, diabetes, heart disease/cardiac, high blood pressure

Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook (2000)

Author:Sara Coleman, RD, CDE and Dorothy Gordon, BS, RN
Cost:$25.95 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling; California add $2.02 tax
(Volume pricing available).order at online website
Money back guarantee offered
Available from:Culinary Kidney Cooks
P.O. Box 468, Dept. N
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Ph: (714) 842-4684
Fax: (714) 842-4694
Comments:272 pages; loose-leaf style with 'e-zel' cookbook stand
Recipes: 160 recipes, nutrient analysis with meal planning
Audience: dialysis and home therapies, diabetes
Other: web site lists new recipes and tips

Creative Cooking for Renal Diabetic Diets (1985)
or Creative Cooking for Renal Diets (1985)

Author:Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cost:$19.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling
Available from:BookMasters
30 Amberwood Parkway
Ashland, OH 44805
(800) 247-6553
Comments:280 pages
Recipes: 288 renal recipes; 187 renal diabetic recipes; modified for sodium, protein, potassium and fluid; nutrient analysis and exchanges; calorie boosters; Serving guides; extra-large print
Audience: renal, diabetes

Creative Kidney Cooking for Whole Family (for professionals)

Author:Rebekah Engum, RD
Available from:(920) 265-5681
Comments:Recipes: nutrient analysis, renal friendly recipes for CKD, over 100 recipes

Everyday Eating, A Cookbook for the Dialysis Patient and their Family

Author:Council on Renal Nutrition of Illinois, 2nd printing
Cost:$7.50 for Illinois residents
$10.00 for all other states (Includes shipping and handling)
Available from:NKF of Illinois
215 West Illinois St., Suite 1C
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 321-1500
Comments:Recipes: 105 recipes, nutrient analysis, easy-to-find ingredients, a complete cookbook for the dialysis patient
Audience: renal

The Gourmet Renal Cookbook (2nd Edition)

Author:Edited by Sharon Stall, RD
Cost:$14.95 (Includes shipping and handling)
Available from:Sol Goldman Renal Therapy Center
Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10021
Contact: Linda Pino
Ph: (212) 434-3266
Fax: (212) 434-4528
Comments:Recipes: outlines general nutrition guidelines, nutrient analysis and exchanges
Audience: dialysis, pre-dialysis

Kidney Health Gourmet Diet Guide and Kidney Friendly Recipes for People Not on Dialysis (2009)

Author:Nina Kolbe, RD, CSR, LD
Cost:$14.99 plus shipping and handling
Available from:Check with local or on-line booksellers
Comments:Spiral bound
Recipes: designed for the patient with chronic kidney disease, promoting kidney health, preventing progression to dialysis
Audience: chronic kidney disease pre-dialysis

The Kidney Helper Cookbook

Author:Bob Lutfy & Natalie Lufty with Mary Pinto, RD
Cost:$24.95 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling
(877) 248-2331
Comments:230 pages
Recipes: ethnically diverse, Middle-Eastern recipes, nutrient analysis, large print, tips and renal resources
Audience: Renal

Kidney Kids' Cookbook

Author:Four donor-moms: Kay Anderson, Frances Buchanan, Linda Tyler, Betsy Watson (editor)
Cost:$10.00 (Includes shipping and handling)
Note on check "For Cookbook"
Available from:NKF of Arkansas
1818 North Taylor Street
Little Rock, AR 72207
Ph: (501) 664-4343
Fax: (816) 221-7984
Comments:Recipes: tempting recipes, menus and grocery shopping lists
Audience: pediatric renal
Other: "One Mother's Story," spiral-bound, encouragement to families

Now You're Cooking – A Resource for People with Kidney Disease

Author:Council on Renal Nutrition of New England
Cost:$18.00 plus $2.00 for shipping and handling
Make check payable to CRNNE. Note on check "For cookbook"
Available from:NKF Serving New England
85 Astor Avenue
Norwood, MA 02062
(800) 542-4001
Comments:Recipes: Discussion of nutrients, Menus , Nutrient analysis and renal/diabetic exchanges
Audience: Renal
Other: Pictures of New England countryside

The Renal Family Cookbook (1983)

Author:Renal Family Inc., 1983
Cost:$15.00 (Includes shipping and handling, can find order form online)
Make check payable to "Multimed, Inc."
Available from:Multimed Publications
66 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario L9T 2R2 Canada
Ph: (909) 875-2456
Fax: (905) 875-2864
Comments:Recipes: low sodium, Individualized for special needs, interesting foods to help "normalize" your food choices, nutrient analysis
Audience: adult hemodialysis patients
Other: published in English and Chinese

The Renal Patient's Guide to Good Eating: A Cookbook for Patients by a Patient (2003, 2nd edition paperback)

Author:Judith Curtis, Dialysis patient
Cost:$39.95 plus $7.50 for shipping and handling.
Available from:Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd.
(800) 258-8980
Fax: (217) 789-1930
Comments:214 pages, ISBN: 0398073996, available in spiral or ebook
Recipes: 274 delicious recipes written by a kidney patient who is an avid cook; Includes family meals, dining out, and practical ideas; nutrient analysis; suggestions for heart healthy choices
Audience: renal

Silver Spoons HD Cookbook (2010)

Author:David Capper
Cost:$12.00 paperback
Available from:ORDER ONLINE (thru
Comments:Recipes for patients on hemodialysis to maintain a healthier life

Southern Comforts of Mississippi (3rd Edition)

Author:Mississippi Kidney Foundation
Cost:$10.00 (Includes shipping and handling)
Free to residents of Mississippi
Available from:Contact: Lynda Richards (800) 232-1592 for order form
Mississippi Kidney Foundation
P.O. Box 55802
Jackson, MS 39296
Ph: (800) 232-1592
Fax: (601) 981-3612
Comments:Recipes: Southern specialties, soul food, game cooking
Audience: renal

Taking the First Bite

Author:Council on Renal Nutrition - National Kidney Foundation of North Texas
Cost:$15 (member), $25 (nonmember)
Available from:Council on Renal Nutrition-NKF Serving Texas
5429 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75240-2617
(877) 543-6397
Comments:56 pages
Recipes: nutrition basics for kidney patients to be used with the guidance of the renal dietitian; nutrient analysis for potassium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, and sodium; sample menus
Audience: renal, helpful for new dialysis patients

A Taste of Asia

Author:Elizabeth D. Gubish, Patient
Edited by Kelly Ackert, RD
Cost:$10.00 (Includes shipping and handling).
Call to order copy of book
Available from:NKF Serving Northern CA
131 Steuart Street Suite 425
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-3303
Comments:Recipes: 70 Asian-style recipes, nutrient analysis, glossary of ingredients
Audience: renal

The Vegetarian Diet or Kidney Disease Treatment: Preserving Kidney Function with Plant Based Eating (2009, revised edition)

Author:Joan Brookhyser Hogan, RD, CSR, CD
Cost:$14.95 plus shipping and handling
Available from:Check with local or on-line booksellers
Comments:140 pages
Recipes: Designed for the patient with chronic kidney disease, or anyone on a vegetarian diet; easy-to-follow guidelines for plant-based eating; help slow kidney function decline; nutrition guidelines for different stages of kidney function; variety of recipes
Audience: all stages of chronic kidney disease, vegetarian

Recipes from Davita

Author:Davita Renal Dietitians
Available from:(800) 244-0680
Online at
Comments:Recipes: 589 online recipes, nutrient analysis and exchanges, helpful hints
Audience: chronic kidney disease non-dialysis, dialysis, diabetes
Other: many nutrition helps and resources