Latham’s “Living Healthy with PWS” Cookbook Supplement is hot off the press!

Latham Centers has published a cookbook supplement, LivingHealthy with PWS: Seasonal Soups, Salads, and Desserts. Our first cookbook, LivingHealthy with PWS: Cookbook and Nutrition Tips, was printed in early 2018. Written for the community of parents and caregivers of those with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), the cookbook is a complete resource for planning nutritious, delicious meals for individuals with PWS, and it includes tips and advice from experts in the field. The menu consists of a Mediterranean based diet – low in carbohydrates and dairy, and high in omega-3s.

In the months following the publication of our LivingHealthy with PWS cookbook, we learned a few key concepts that helped to inform this supplement:

  • There was a resounding need. Professionals across the nation reported that they were implementing our meal plan in their group homes or programs for individuals with PWS.

  • It was right on trend. “The Mediterranean diet got the top ranking in U.S. News’ list,” according to a CBS News article published in January 2019. “The heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains…”

  • Since publishing our first cookbook, we’ve tweaked our menu slightly by adding new recipes and modifying others to incorporate food preferred by our residents. Cookbook readers inquired about more dessert options, and some requested more information about recipe carbohydrates and proteins. Desserts are a highlight of occasional “treat days” for our residents. Planned treat days celebrate holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. In this supplement, per the request of our readers, we’ve included four desserts associated with each season that are less caloric compared to standard dessert recipes.

Authors of the cookbook and supplement include Latham Centers’ Chef Paul E. Donahue, Jr. and Patrice Carroll, as well as Melanie Silverman, MS, RD, IBCLC, an expert in PWS Nutrition. The goal of the collaborative work was to share their expertise and extensive experience with families in the international PWS community. In the supplement, each season includes a soup, salad, and dessert. For example, summer recipes include Chilled Watermelon Soup; Watermelon, Feta, Basil Salad with Lime Vinaigrette; and Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.

Cookbooks are available online at — for shipments within the U.S., the cookbook is $35 and the supplement is $20 (includes shipping/handling). Congratulations to everyone on the cookbook development team, and especially project coordinator Katrina Fryklund, Latham’s Director of National Outreach! We are also grateful to Susie Perry of Perry Design in Pocasset and Sunderland Printing in Hyannis for their help and quality work on both the cookbook and supplement.

Pictured: Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Brewster is a favorite off-campus gathering spot for our cookbook team. A copy of Latham’s LivingHealthy cookbook is on display at the coffee house for customers to peruse. Chef Paul is pictured at Snowy Owl with Patrice Carroll (left) and Katrina Fryklund during a cookbook supplement planning meeting earlier this spring.

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