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Cookbook offers a heart-healthy feast

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Making heart-healthy decisions is becoming a bit simpler with help from a local author.

Wendy Erlanger released her second cookbook More Than Soup with Heart on Nov. 1.

The publication contains around 85 recipes collected from friends and family across the globe that focus on heart-healthy cooking, Erlanger said.

“Both my dad and husband Mike had open heart surgery earlier in the year, and I decided I wanted to create heart-healthy recipes, and also a project at the Asper Centre for families who are waiting while their loved ones are in surgery,” Erlanger said.

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Making heart-healthy decisions is becoming a bit simpler with help from a local author.

Wendy Erlanger released her second cookbook More Than Soup with Heart on Nov. 1.



All proceeds from the sale of More Than Soup with Heart will support an art therapy project at St. Boniface Hospital.

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All proceeds from the sale of More Than Soup with Heart will support an art therapy project at St. Boniface Hospital.

The publication contains around 85 recipes collected from friends and family across the globe that focus on heart-healthy cooking, Erlanger said.

"Both my dad and husband Mike had open heart surgery earlier in the year, and I decided I wanted to create heart-healthy recipes, and also a project at the Asper Centre for families who are waiting while their loved ones are in surgery," Erlanger said.

The Crescentwood local compiled a list of all the foods considered to be beneficial to the heart by cardiovascular associations across North America, and then asked her network of friends and family (as far away as Oslo and Rome) to contribute their favourite recipes, the challenge being the dishes had to contain as many heart-conscious ingredients as possible.

Erlanger, a self-described "soup girl," said some of the stand out dishes in the book include chickpea pasta soup, black bean and almond soup, and red lentil miso soup.

"I think for people who aren’t as familiar with heart-healthy ingredients, there’s enough of a mix here that people will find something that works for them," she said.

The book is divided into meal categories, and includes salads, soups, mains, desserts, and tips about health and wellbeing.

"I’ve had a lot of people who are specialists in different areas contribute," Erlanger said. "People have written about heart chakras, forgiveness, how to make your home a healthier environment, and tips about de-stressing all throughout."

In 2012, Erlanger published a similar book under the name More Than Soup, with proceeds providing two years of funding for the soup cart at Cancer Care Manitoba. As with her previous project, More Than Soup with Heart will support a charitable cause.

The book will fund the Heart Art Project, a branch of the Art at the Bedside program run by Claire Stephensen at St. Boniface Hospital.

Erlanger said the funding will allow families to take arts and crafts bags with them to the atrium where they can create notes for their loved ones to decorate the recovery room.

"My dad’s surgery was on Valentine’s Day and we were in the atrium at St. Boniface waiting, and I was handed a whole bunch of supplies by Claire Stephensen," Erlanger recalled. "My family and I ended up sitting there for hours making all kinds of art and it really helped pass the time, and of course my dad loved it."

Erlanger said when her husband went in for surgery, they brought their own supplies as a way to ease anxiety and make the wait a bit easier.

"Eight hours waiting for a phone call from a nurse to tell us your loved one has come through is a long wait," she said.

More than Soup With Heart is available for purchase online at morethansoupwithheart.com, at Nathan Detroit’s Restaurant in the Richardson Centre Concourse at Portage and Main, the St. Boniface Hospital gift shop, and at McNally Robinson Booksellers. All proceeds go to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva
Community journalist — The Sou'wester

Danielle Da Silva is the community journalist for The Sou'wester.
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