New Lyme Disease Cookbook Provides ‘Recipes for Repair’

For Laura Piazza, Sunapee, learning to live with a chronic health condition—Lyme disease—has opened a new chapter in her life, that of being a cookbook author and publisher. With help from her mother, Gail Piazza, Laura has just published Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook, now available from Peconic Publishing, Sunapee.

The book includes 151 recipes designed to help anyone feel better through healthier eating, explains Laura. It is especially helpful for people with Lyme disease and other ailments, as it supports an anti-inflammation diet developed by Kenneth B. Singleton, MD, MPH.

Laura became familiar with Dr. Singleton’s work and his 2008 book The Lyme Disease Solution when researching her own chronic Lyme disease. The results inspired Laura, a professional photographer and graphic designer, and Gail, a home economics consultant with a master’s degree from NYU in Food and Nutrition, to combine talents and propose a companion cookbook to Dr. Singleton.

Laura Piazza, Sunapee, and her mother, Gail Piazza, the authors of Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook.

The idea resulted in Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook, a collection of recipes that use all-natural whole foods and provide for nutritional and delicious meals that everyone can enjoy. Many vegetarian, low-sugar, and gluten-, dairy- and egg-free recipes are included.

A personal journey

Although Laura’s diagnosis of Lyme disease was confirmed only two years ago, she has lived with the unpredictable disease for more than fifteen years. She first experienced symptoms in 1993, when a freshman in college. Several years later, after college, she was re-infected and had another severe bout that landed her in the emergency room with a 105-degree fever and aches and pains. This time around, she found a tiny tick on her body. However, she received limited treatment.

Laura’s personal journey led her to search out Lyme-literate doctors and practitioners and to learn all she could about this tick-borne, inflammatory disease. She also joined a support group in Manchester where she found encouragement and inspiration.

Now 35, Laura has learned to live with chronic Lyme disease. Continue reading