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'The Empowered Patient,' 'Straight Talk, No Chaser' and 'The Flavor Thesaurus'

Reviews by Richard Sumrall

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[January 12, 2011]  Today we are reviewing new books on patients' rights, relationships and flavor in cooking.

"The Empowered Patient." Elizabeth Cohen, Ballantine Books, 2010, 216 pages.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has written a new book that "shows you how to become your own advocate and navigate the minefield of today's medical system." Cohen describes how patients can ensure they get the right diagnosis, buy the cheapest drugs, beat their insurance company and get the best medical care every time.

What is your best strategy to obtain superior health care at a reasonable cost? According to Cohen, you should find a doctor who "gets" you and listens to you; be certain to ask the right questions about the best treatment options; make the most of the short office visit; use the Internet as an information tool; and fight back when any claims are denied.

Chapters include timely advice on avoiding a misdiagnosis, getting good drugs on the cheap and staying safe while you're in the hospital.

Nancy Snyderman, M.D., of NBC News writes that "this book will hold your hand, make your smart and may even save your life."


"Straight Talk, No Chaser." Steve Harvey, Amistad, 2010, 237 pages.

Following the success of his best-selling book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man," Steve Harvey has written a new book that explains what motivates men and how women can use that knowledge to get what they need out of a relationship.

Harvey's focus is on four critical subjects: understanding men, finding a man, keeping a man, and questions and commandments. Within these subjects he shares the secrets on how women can get the truth out of their man, what men in each decade of their lives are looking for in a mate and how to minimize nagging and maximize harmony at home.

Among the book's most important chapters is the one entitled "Let's Stop the Games: Asking Men the Right Questions to Get the Real Answers."

Harvey's book on modern relationships contains timely and important information that is relevant to both sexes.


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"The Flavor Thesaurus." Niki Segnit, Bloomsbury, 2010, 383 pages.

It is easy to follow the instructions in a recipe to create a particular dish. It is sometimes more difficult to achieve genuine flavor in that same dish. According to Niki Segnit, this is one of the conundrums of cooking. Her new book is a compendium of pairings, recipes and ideas for creative cooking.

Segnit explains that the inspiration for the book came from her over-reliance on recipes. "Following the instructions in a recipe is like parroting pre-formed sentences from a phrase book," she says. "Forming an understanding of how flavors work together is like learning the language; it allows you to express yourself freely and improvise."

Concentrating on the 99 essential flavors to cooking, Segnit compiles classic and lesser known pairings into 16 different "flavor families." These families, such as "green and grassy," "citrusy" or "creamy fruity," encourage the cook to liven any dish or recipe with flavors that are guaranteed to delight any palate.

This book is a perfect introduction for any cook looking to improve the flavor in any dish.

[Text from file received from Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]



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