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As America’s only Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Professor of Culinary Medicine, and Professional Chef; Chef Dr. Mike combines culinary talents with his cutting-edge medical expertise and evidence-based insights. This unique perspective forges an approach to food and health that is beyond mere nutrition and more substantive than simple food plans or fad diets.

Many other culinary-medicine-like approaches are rehashed nutrition courses with recipes.  Alternative food-centric approaches eschew scientific data and principles or focus solely upon unvetted opinion.

“I offer a pathway—a pathway built upon a foundation in science that re-examines our connection with food, and by extension our relationship with each other, society, and the planet.”

Ever a seeker of truth, Chef Dr. Mike is unafraid to challenge the conventional wisdom.

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Modern Western Diet

The McDonaldization of Food and Medicine

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Implications for Personal Health: a Multi-Part Series Part One: Introduction First published on Mar 05, 2019, on Psychology Today. Fast food is not great food. It is often not even…

Emotion, Inflammation, and Adiposity: The Mind-Heart-Gut Connection

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The connection between the heart and the mind remained for much of history the province of romantics and poets. The connection between heart and stomach likewise remained the domain of…
Modern Western Diet

The McDonaldization of Food and Medicine

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Implications for Personal Health: a Multi-Part Series Part One: Introduction First published on Mar 05, 2019, on Psychology Today. Fast food is not great food. It is often not even…

Emotion, Inflammation, and Adiposity: The Mind-Heart-Gut Connection

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The connection between the heart and the mind remained for much of history the province of romantics and poets. The connection between heart and stomach likewise remained the domain of…
Soda and sugar

Ah, Sugah, Sugah; Killing Me Sweetly…

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A study in the British Medical Journal publication, Open Heart, highlights and validates one of the major topics regarding the detrimental health effects of the highly processed modern Western diet…
Chef-Dr-Mike-Mike-with-Burgers
“Forget everything you have been told about food and health. It is not about calories. It is not about separation or deprivation. It is about integration and inspiration. I want people to forget about eating healthy and I want them to think about eating delicious.”

– CHEF DR. MIKE

Eating Healthy Must Be Delicious

Chef Dr. Mike doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. To him, the ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all healthy diet is the answer for all of us are all balderdash and twaddle-speak!

Explore Chef Dr. Mike’s recipes and set sail on a journey to deliciousness.

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Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork) taco

Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork)

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Cochinita Pibil is a slow roasted pork dish that originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The original version is not spicy, but is loaded with flavor. The pork is…
Chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

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Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora) Chicken cacciatore served over squid ink pasta As the summer ends and fall arrives, it brings with it the Harvest (traditionally September) and Hunter's (traditionally…
Smoked Rosemary and Heirloom Tomato Jam

Burgers

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Burgers Around the globe, one of the foods most associated with America is the ubiquitous hamburger. But as the hamburger can be a thing of beauty or a hideous carcass…

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Salmon cake with orange curry

Salmon Cakes

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Salmon Cakes Culinary Medicine is not just about the consumption of healthful foods. It is about developing methodologies and programs that are sustainable for the individual, their community, and the…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
Lessons on the Road, Again First published on Jul 10, 2017, on Psychology Today. As I journey from place to place across this country (and even across the globe), it…
Miso sable fish with mixed vegetables and shishito peppers

Miso Grilled Sablefish

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Miso Grilled Sablefish Miso is a fermented soybean paste that is readily available at most supermarkets. It is rich in glutamates which help give it umami, a richness of flavor…

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Pizza Dough

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Pizza Dough Making a great pizza starts -and to a large degree-ends with the crust. That of course means a great pizza dough, and like all things Culinary Medicine, that…
Pizza Margherita

Margherita Pizza

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Margherita Pizza The typical American pizza with artificial and ultra-processed ingredients is a major source of unwanted sugars, fats, sodium, and additives in the Standard American Diet (or as it…

Ramen Noodles

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Ramen Noodles Like for most Americans, the fall season comes with its own sights, sounds, and smells. Fall is certainly more than just Starbucks PSL! It comes with its own…

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Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

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Pip, Pip, Piperade it's The Last Supper A piperade is a Basque dish, which according to La Rousse Gastronomique is “rich stew of tomatoes and sweet (bell) peppers, sometimes seasoned…
Morel, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sauce

Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce

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Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce Cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past due to extrapolation based on its high fat and cholesterol content. New research suggests that…

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Pappa ala Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro

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Pappa al Pomodoro It is a simple Italian tomato soup, a rustic one at that. Like so many great dishes, its origins trace back to a humble peasant food. It…
carrot top pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

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Carrot Top Pesto Carrot top pesto is another example of the Culinary Medicine Zero Waste Kitchen. Here we use the often discarded tops of fresh, organic carrots. The consumption of…
beet green and carrot top pesto

Fennel & Beet Green Pesto

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Fennel & Beet Green Pesto This recipe is an exercise in the Culinary Medicine Zero Waste Kitchen practice. One of the goals in a professional kitchen which can translate directly…

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Vegetable Nage

Light Chicken Stock

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Light Chicken Stock   If you’ve ever followed a recipe from one of your favorite restaurants to the letter, and found that your version was still lacking; chances are you…
Achiote paste

Achiote Paste

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“Good arnotto is the colour of fire” ~W.B. Yeats, Natural History, 1870. Achiote paste Achiote Paste derives its bright red coloration from the use of crushed annatto seeds. The prepared…
Pappa ala Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pappa al Pomodoro It is a simple Italian tomato soup, a rustic one at that. Like so many great dishes, its origins trace back to a humble peasant food. It…

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Moroccan style semolina bread

Moroccan-style Semolina Bread

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Moroccan-style Semolina Bread What makes this loaf a little different is the use of two different types of flour. Bread flour is combined with durum semolina wheat flour (a classic…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
Lessons on the Road, Again First published on Jul 10, 2017, on Psychology Today. As I journey from place to place across this country (and even across the globe), it…

What You Want Is Not What You Knead-No Knead Bread

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Dr. Mike's Ancient Grain No Knead Bread Avoidance of modern wheat does not mean that you need to give up the tasty pleasure and nutritional benefits associated with the consumption…

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Snow Leopard Melon

Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet

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Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet Summer often calls for cool treats. Given that summer also produces a wide variety of fruits; making a cool treat with Nature's bounty is a…

Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

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Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake Desserts are a rarity designated for special occasions and celebrations. But that doesn't mean we can't have something both delicious and of health value in our…
Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

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Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart Recipe Originally presented from the live broadcast of Just What the Doctor Ordered at the Florida Blueberry Festival. Blueberries, like almost all purple and blue…

Eating Healthy Must Be Delicious

Chef Dr. Mike doesn’t believe in setting boundaries when it comes to food. To him, the ideas that healthy food can’t be flavorful, that tasty food can’t be good for you, or that a one-size-fits-all healthy diet is the answer for all of us are all balderdash and twaddle-speak!

Explore Chef Dr. Mike’s recipes and set sail on a journey to deliciousness.

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Salmon cake with orange curry

Salmon Cakes

| Fish & Seafood | No Comments
Salmon Cakes Culinary Medicine is not just about the consumption of healthful foods. It is about developing methodologies and programs that are sustainable for the individual, their community, and the…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
Lessons on the Road, Again First published on Jul 10, 2017, on Psychology Today. As I journey from place to place across this country (and even across the globe), it…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork) taco

Spicy Cochinita Pibil (Yucatan Slow Roasted Pork)

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Cochinita Pibil is a slow roasted pork dish that originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The original version is not spicy, but is loaded with flavor. The pork is…
Chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

| Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Chicken Cacciatore (Pollo alla Cacciatora) Chicken cacciatore served over squid ink pasta As the summer ends and fall arrives, it brings with it the Harvest (traditionally September) and Hunter's (traditionally…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pizza Dough

| Pasta | No Comments
Pizza Dough Making a great pizza starts -and to a large degree-ends with the crust. That of course means a great pizza dough, and like all things Culinary Medicine, that…
Pizza Margherita

Margherita Pizza

| Pasta | No Comments
Margherita Pizza The typical American pizza with artificial and ultra-processed ingredients is a major source of unwanted sugars, fats, sodium, and additives in the Standard American Diet (or as it…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

| Eggs & Dairy | 4 Comments
Pip, Pip, Piperade it's The Last Supper A piperade is a Basque dish, which according to La Rousse Gastronomique is “rich stew of tomatoes and sweet (bell) peppers, sometimes seasoned…
Morel, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sauce

Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce

| Eggs & Dairy, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pear, Morel and Blue Cheese Sauce Cheese has gotten a bad rap in the past due to extrapolation based on its high fat and cholesterol content. New research suggests that…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Pappa ala Pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro

| Appetizers, Soups, Stocks, and Sauces, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Pappa al Pomodoro It is a simple Italian tomato soup, a rustic one at that. Like so many great dishes, its origins trace back to a humble peasant food. It…
carrot top pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

| Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Carrot Top Pesto Carrot top pesto is another example of the Culinary Medicine Zero Waste Kitchen. Here we use the often discarded tops of fresh, organic carrots. The consumption of…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Moroccan style semolina bread

Moroccan-style Semolina Bread

| Breads | No Comments
Moroccan-style Semolina Bread What makes this loaf a little different is the use of two different types of flour. Bread flour is combined with durum semolina wheat flour (a classic…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

| Breads, Culinary Medicine, Fish & Seafood, Healthy Living | No Comments
Lessons on the Road, Again First published on Jul 10, 2017, on Psychology Today. As I journey from place to place across this country (and even across the globe), it…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Snow Leopard Melon

Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet

| Desserts | No Comments
Lime-Cardamom Snow Leopard Melon Sorbet Summer often calls for cool treats. Given that summer also produces a wide variety of fruits; making a cool treat with Nature's bounty is a…

Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake

| Desserts, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Lemon Lavender Huckleberry Cheesecake Desserts are a rarity designated for special occasions and celebrations. But that doesn't mean we can't have something both delicious and of health value in our…

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