Cooking and health limitations

Discussion in 'Q&A With Mario Batali' started by classicalvoice, May 11, 2010.

  1. classicalvoice


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    At home cook
    As a chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer and cancer survivor, I would love to be able to do some cooking of my own, but I can't seem to get over the many hurdles in my way. Do you have any advice for how to cook with disabilities?

    Some problems that hit me hardest are:
    • Standing for more than around 10 minutes
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle pain, aggravated by being in slightly awkward positions, like leaning over a cutting board.  Sitting upright without back support, particularly when having to use muscle at arms length, is also a big challenge.  A good example of this would be using a stapler on a table instead of bringing the stapler and paper close to my chest.
    I'm sure there are lots of people like me out there with a variety of health issues who just don't know where to begin.  Food television, which is often the only realistic source for a fatigued person, has ignored this issue.  If you have any ideas we would love to get in the game!