Cookbook from Sweden

Download the Cookbook.

The Swedish Ostomy Association launched a new book. It is a cookbook not only for ostomates, but for everybody.

You can read the book at (Swedish ILCO association webside).

Or click on the image on the left to read the cookbook online. It is in the so called .pdf format, so you need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the book.

The cookbook is available in the following languages:
Swedish, English, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, German and shortly in Spanish.

Feel free to print it out from the website, but if you want to order one or more books, send an e-mail to or or please look at the bottom of the page: ILCO:s webbshop där du kan handla pins och vår kok- och inspirationskokbok.

You have to pay only for the cost for sending the book (no charge for the book, the book is free, gratuit, um sonst, voor niks, gratis) just the delivery.

The book was made to give to people how just get a stoma, and need to have some information about other people in same situation.

Because the author, Maria Gylfe, can say it better as your webmaster, I copied the preface of the book to let you know about the content of the book.

This is not a scientific cookbook; it’s a book for people who have just had stoma surgery and have a lot of questions about how life will unfold.

We, who work with stoma patients, get the question “What can I eat now?” every day.
With this cookbook we want to provide you with suggestions for different dishes.
So we asked a number of chefs and food-creators to come up with ideas for foods that are suitable for different occasions.
As you will see, this food isn’t very different from ordinary food, which you will see. Actually you can easily experiment yourself, with small amounts at the time.

Things to bear in mind right after the operation.

In many recipes there are onions and other foods rich in fibres that can cause problems, especially right after the stoma operation.
This is the case whether the onions are for raw, cooked, boiled, or fried onions alike.
Ingredients that cause gas are rutabaga, peas, beans, and bread rich in fibres, especially with whole grain meal.

Certain foods, like pasta, rice, and bananas, produce more solid ostomy output, whereas foods like plums, pears, sugar, cordial, and sometimes wine, can make the output looser.
Depending on your situation you can exchange ingredients in the recipes or simply exclude them.

This book also includes suggestions for people who work with stoma patients, with instructions and ingredients you for making simple and tasty dishes in a hospital kitchen, with limited resources.

The models in this book have or have had a stoma. They are participating through a patient organization called ILCO, Sweden.
They do it with a twinkle in their eye, and they do it for you!
If you look closely you will see that they have their stoma bags on, though they may be a bit adorned.

In Sweden alone there are some 20.000 people with a stoma and each year there are 1.800 more. There are a number of reasons for this, and for many the stoma may have been lifesaving. It may be hard to believe, but you will have an ordinary life again.

We hope that this cookbook will help you along the way and that it will offer wonderful experiences with food and many happy smiles in the future.

Live, eat, and enjoy!

Maria Gylfe
head nurse
Danderyd hospital surgery & urology ward.