I’ve just read a really inspiring book by American chef Nick Kokonas called “Life, on the Line”. At the peak of his career he was diagnosed with tongue cancer which, apart from being life threatening, resulted in him losing his sense of taste! Quite important for a chef! Not wanting to be kept down he trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned how to cook with his other senses! Later he received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef in America Award.
Apart from my culinary interest I am always looking for inspirational stories like this to motivate myself and, more importantly, my husband who is a lung cancer survivor. Sometimes he finds it hard to cope mentally as well as physically. It really helps to read or talk to others in similar situations who find the positives and fight for a better life and ultimately their own survival!

Posted by rachkap, 19th April 2014

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  • Sounds like a great read, a positive book, I must try remember to keep an eye out for it. I’m always looking for new and interesting reads


  • Sounds like an inspiring story. I’m going to have a look for it. Thank you for making me aware of it


  • wow that would be unreal! i hadn’t heard of this chef before


  • the story is exellent


  • top story to read


  • Is it amazing what the human spirit is capable of?!


  • what a great story and I am glad to hear you Hubby is a Cancer survivor. The body is an amzing thing when one sense is taken away your others are heightened


  • That’s a wonderful story of the power of the human spirit when facing such a thing. I have a friend who lost his wife to cancer and he is the most positive person I have ever met. He has drawn on his experience to help others. It’s a strange coincidence but he is also a chef.


  • It is better to keep away from such stories because they actually make one go sad, if not for a whole day or week.


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