By Amy L. Schubert Food Writer Published Aug 19, 2007 at 9:28 AM

The American Cancer Society published "The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook," on Aug. 16.

The cookbook touts 140 “Great-Tasting, Good-For-You” recipes, and no, folks, that is NOT an oxymoron.  While a pound of melted lard may make a damn good pork chop (or back in the day, an equally good sandwich), it does little good for your heart, cholesterol and, oh yes, it may in fact increase your chances of getting cancer.

That’s right, in addition to the increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, blown out knees and other health issues that packing on the pounds can cause, we now know that over 150,000 deaths a year can be attributed to factors including poor diet, and that more than 50 percent of the adult population in the United States is overweight.

In tandem with the release of the cookbook, The American Cancer Society launches the August Great American Eat Right Challenge (

Said Beth Lunow, Wisconsin vice president of the American Cancer Society, “The Great American Eat Right Challenge is designed to make the connection for people that being overweight can dramatically increase their risk of developing cancer … we know that lifestyle changes, specifically in diet, can make a big difference.”

"The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook" is available on and may be just the jump start you need to get yourself eating right to be proactively healthier, happier, and hopefully, cancer-free. 


Amy L. Schubert is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has worked in every aspect of bar and restaurant operations. A graduate of Marquette University (B.A.-Writing Intensive English, 1997) and UW-Milwaukee (M.A.-Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing, 2001), Amy still occasionally moonlights as a guest bartender and she mixes a mean martini.

The restaurant business seems to be in Amy’s blood, and she prides herself in researching and experimenting with culinary combinations and cooking techniques in her own kitchen as well as in friends’ restaurants. Both she and her husband, Scott, are avid cooks and “wine heads,” and love to entertain friends, family and neighbors as frequently as possible.

Amy and Scott live with their boys, Alex and Nick, in Bay View, where they are all very active in the community. Amy finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and passions for food and writing in her contributions to