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Chef Dr. Mike is the gateway for people to awaken to a healthier relationship with food through the expertise of a medical doctor, the wisdom of a culinary medicine professor, and the passion of a professional chef.

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Michael Fenster, MD (Chef Dr. Mike)

Cardiologist.  Professor.  Chef.  Author.  Storyteller.

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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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You don’t need a self-described “health expert” telling you what to eat. Chef Dr. Mike knows that, when armed with the power and knowledge of Culinary Medicine, you will be able to make decisions that are right for your health and general wellbeing. Read, watch, listen, and enjoy your journey to a healthier life.

Covid Crossroads

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“I am a King, I am a Queen, I walk the worlds betwixt and between” ~Andrew Steed (The Sacred Outcast) This article originally appeared in Psychology Today 17 July, 2020…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

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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…

Covid Crossroads

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“I am a King, I am a Queen, I walk the worlds betwixt and between” ~Andrew Steed (The Sacred Outcast) This article originally appeared in Psychology Today 17 July, 2020…
cheddar cheese and mushroom

Tales of the One Pot Doc

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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…

PURE-ly Delicious

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“It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play….” ~The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) It is actually now more than a half…
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“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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Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Rosemary Reduction, Red Lentil & Spinach Dal, and fresh Naan Bread

Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb

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Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Rosemary Reduction While lamb is a rich meat from a culinary perspective, it can also be rich from a nutritive perspective.…
Rum & Maple Ham

Rum Maple Ham: A Pirate’s Christmas

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Rum & Maple Ham; A Perfect Holiday Treat or for Anytime! Few things sing in the celebrations like a perfect Holiday Ham! If you're thinking of making one from scratch, deliciousness…
Chicken thighs

Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon and Olives

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon, and Olives Recipe by Chef Luca Paris; from Code Delicious with Dr. Mike: Culinary CPR How we source our food is critically important. This in…

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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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Hummus

Hummus

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Basic Hummus This is an extremely basic hummus recipe. One of the great things about hummus is that it can serve as a blank canvas for all sorts of flavor…

Carrot Mango Caribbean Slaw

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Carrot Mango Caribbean Slaw This is a light, refreshing slaw that serves as a wonderful accompaniment to the Jerk Pork Ribs. Slaws (along with pickles, chutneys, and salsas) are a…

Bean and Lentil Maharagwe

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Bean and Lentil Maharagwe   Traditionally, this spicy coconut-based soup is made with beans. In this recipe, I combine beans and lentils to form the base. If you like to…

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Smoked Rosemary and Heirloom Tomato Jam

Smoked Rosemary Heirloom Tomato Jam

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Smoked Rosemary Heirloom Tomato Jam There are several ways to infuse this delicious savory jam with smoky undertones. If you have a smoker, you can smoke the tomatoes and onions…
Chilled Broccoli Soup

Chilled Broccoli Soup

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Chilled Broccoli Soup One of the key principles of culinary medicine is sustainability. In this respect, the objective is to secure a diet that is sustainable for the individual in…
Beef stir-fry with hoisin sauce

Hoisin Sauce

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Hoisin Sauce Megamarket sauces are amongst the perfect traps. You plan a delicious – and healthful – vegetable stir-fry. To complete your dish you reach for some delicious hoisin sauce…

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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…

Chef Dr. Mike’s Parker House Rolls

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Chef Dr. Mike’s Parker House Rolls These are a holiday treat served exclusively at the Thanksgiving table.  Just make sure there are enough for left over turkey sandwiches! While certainly…

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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…
Search Results Featured snippet from the web Image result for health benefits rhubarb Rhubarb is also a great source of vitamin K1, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. A half cup of cooked rhubarb provides more than one-third of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin K1, along with two grams of fiber (which helps prevent colorectal cancer), some calcium and vitamin C.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie

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Blueberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe Rhubarb is a lovely, seasonal item with a potent tang. Rhubarb is also a great source of vitamin K1, which is important for blood clotting and bone…

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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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…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Rosemary Reduction, Red Lentil & Spinach Dal, and fresh Naan Bread

Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Herb Crusted Smoked Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Rosemary Reduction While lamb is a rich meat from a culinary perspective, it can also be rich from a nutritive perspective.…
Rum & Maple Ham

Rum Maple Ham: A Pirate’s Christmas

| Main Dish, Poultry & Meats | No Comments
Rum & Maple Ham; A Perfect Holiday Treat or for Anytime! Few things sing in the celebrations like a perfect Holiday Ham! If you're thinking of making one from scratch, deliciousness…

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

Hummus

Hummus

| Appetizers, Side Dish, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Basic Hummus This is an extremely basic hummus recipe. One of the great things about hummus is that it can serve as a blank canvas for all sorts of flavor…

Carrot Mango Caribbean Slaw

| Side Dish, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
Carrot Mango Caribbean Slaw This is a light, refreshing slaw that serves as a wonderful accompaniment to the Jerk Pork Ribs. Slaws (along with pickles, chutneys, and salsas) are a…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

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

| Breads | No Comments
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…

Recent Posts / View All Posts

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…
Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Tart

| Desserts, Vegetables & Fruits | No Comments
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…

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