Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen, a nonprofit health organization might have you thinking twice. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has released its list of the five worst cookbooks of 2011 based on the unhealthy options they each present.

The cookbook that sizzles to the top of the worst list is "Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes." PCRM says that despite Oliver's attempts on national television to push for healthier foods in schools, some of the recipes in his book are extremely high in fat and cholesterol.

Take a bite out of Oliver's meatball sandwich recipe, which PCRM says contains more fat than a Big Mac. It also tips the scale with 1,182 calories, 185 milligrams of cholesterol and 2,352 milligrams of sodium.


Here are the other cookbooks on the worst list with PCRM's reasoning for tossing them in the mix:

  • "Guy Fieri Food": The Jambalaya Sandwich contains bacon, smoked sausage, and Andouille sausage; such processed meats raise colon cancer risk.

  • "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible": One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.

  • "The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook": More than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.

  • "The Neely's Celebration Cookbook": Bourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.