The Troubled Tummy Cookbook
Recipes and Diets
Aside from the dumb title, this book was just fine for the 1970s. The troubled tummy part of this is geared to diets for post surgery, and specific conditions such as heart disease and ulcers. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, ulcers were believed to be caused by stress and overly spicy food. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that a course of antibiotics to kill the bacterium H. pylori. (The story of finding a “cure” for the peptic ulcer disease is a fascinating story.) This truly makes a good portion of this book obsolete by the late 1980s.
This is one of those books that isn’t an obvious weed unless you dig deeper. There are specialized diets, and it is appropriate to have materials supporting these topics. So next time you are looking at a shelf list, regardless of the collection, ask yourself if these older books still support your mission and if they are the best you can do?