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Interventional Cardiologist and Professional Chef, Dr. Michael Fenster, Signs with Rowman & Littlefield to Publish a Healthy Living, Culinary Cookbook

Article first posted on CISION PRWeb, March 30, 2011

Publisher, Rowman & Littlefield, has signed Michael Fenster, MD, F.A.C.C., FSCA&I, PEMBA, to a publishing deal for a new book described as a culinary survival guide.

BECOME A GRASSROOTS GOURMET: A PRESCRIPTION FOR GOOD FOOD, HEALTHY LIVING, AND EPICUREAN ENLIGHTENMENT is being written by Fenster, a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist and professional chef. Rowman & Littlefield plans to release the book in winter 2012.

“ I developed the Grassroots Gourmet concept after years of working with patients who medically need to change their eating habits but who also see food as a source of fun, family togetherness, and comfort, Fenster explains. “As a physician, I believe in the centuries old wisdom of Hippocrates: ‘Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.’ However, as a chef I know that if food does not taste good then it is only medicine. Eating healthy does not have to mean boring. This book allows me to share my medical knowledge, as well as my culinary skills, with everyone who seeks to live a robust, healthy life.”

Fenster’s book also reflects his practice and beliefs of Eastern philosophies and his personal eating prescription to enjoy fresh ingredients, watch proportions, and avoid junk food. Pitched as Tony Bourdain meets Gregory House, MD, with a dash of Lao Tzu, BECOME A GRASSROOTS GOURMET is a culinary survival guide with a dose of solid medical information and advice. Fenster views it as having your own physician on 24-hour call.


Michael Fenster combines his culinary talents and Asian philosophy with medical expertise, creating delicious recipes for healthy eating. He is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations as well as giving numerous radio interviews on health and food shows both nationally and internationally. Michael is a certified wine professional and chef, receiving his culinary degree from Ashworth University where he graduated with honors. He has worked professionally in kitchens prior to entering medical school and maintained his passion for food and wine throughout his medical career. Mike helped manage the award winning Napa Alley in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosted a local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc” in Dublin, GA. He has written columns for SheKnows.com, been featured in Fitness magazine, is a regular columnist for the culinary magazine Basil, as well as a member of their Council of Chefs and a monthly health and fitness contributor to The Tampa Tribune. He is a frequent guest, cooking up heart healthy recipes, on the nationally syndicated television show “Daytime.”

Michael Fenster, MD, is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, currently on staff with the Cardiology Specialists of Florida at Hernando Heart Clinic. He has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to peer presentations at the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. He has also published numerous professional peer reviewed articles and served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). Michael recently graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program.

Michael holds a JuDan (10th degree black belt) ranking in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, which he has studied over the last three decades. He lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with his wife Jennifer. In addition to his book, he is in production for his own television show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc: House Calls.”