Making the Most of Every Bite: New high-calorie, high-protein cookbook for adults at risk of malnutrition 

“The book is amazing. It covered everything from snacks to drinks, if you could not manage meals. The ideas were simple … good easy ideas if you were not keen to make big meals’’  (Quote from a carer in Co. Cork)

“I found the main meal section most useful, it’s hard to think of meals that are nutritious, and it helped me to think outside the box” (Quote from a family member Co. Wicklow)

“This is a colourful, patient-friendly resource, which eased the pressure of meal planning for this family and I believe it will be of benefit to  many other families across the country.” (Quote from Sinéad Mulcahy, Community Dietitian, Cork) 

  • Contains practical, compassionate advice and 100 recipes to help with unintentional weight loss
  • Estimated 145,000 people in Ireland are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition
  • Other supports for the management of malnutrition available on
  • HSE healthcare professionals can order copies of the book for their patients


The HSE and University College Cork (UCC) have published a new cookbook aimed at providing high-calorie, high-protein recipes for the estimated 145,000 people in Ireland who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Making the Most of Every Bite contains easy to prepare and nourishing recipes, enriched with extra energy and protein to help slow down or prevent weight loss associated with illness. The cookbook is part of a wider online Nutrition Supports toolkit ( aimed at helping community-based healthcare professionals provide first-line management of malnutrition. The toolkit was developed by the Primary Care Division of the HSE under the Community Funded Schemes Service Improvement Programme (CFS SIP) in collaboration with the Medicines Management Programme (MMP).


Speaking about the launch of the cookbook, Dr Sharon Kennelly, Registered Clinical Specialist Dietitian and Nutrition Support Project Lead, HSE Primary Care, notes that malnutrition is a serious healthcare issue in Ireland today and healthcare professionals working in the community are well-placed to recognise the risk. “This new toolkit is designed to support our colleagues in providing first-line management of malnutrition for adults living in the community. A food-based approach should always be part of the first steps in managing malnutrition and we are delighted to partner with dietetic colleagues in UCC to make the Making the Most of Every Bite cookbook available to people who can benefit from it. We have piloted it with a small number of patients and family members who are supporting loved ones, and the feedback has been very positive. I encourage GP, nursing and dietetic colleagues across the country to take a look at the new toolkit for guidance on nutrition support for at-risk patients and to consider ordering copies of the cookbook for patients who might benefit. The book is ideal for individuals or carers who are seeing reduced appetite due to conditions such as dementia, cancer, post-surgery recuperation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. ”


Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, TD, said: “I welcome the publication of the new cookbook and I would like to congratulate the HSE and University College Cork on its launch today. I am well aware that malnutrition or under-nutrition, in association with an illness or disease, is a significant problem for a number of Irish people and can have considerable economic costs. This new cookbook will help support better outcomes by helping carers and individuals themselves to choose food that is both nourishing and enjoyable.”


The Making the Most of Every Bite cookbook is part of an online toolkit aimed at assisting first-line management of malnutrition in adults. The toolkit is available to view at and the cookbook is available to view in the ‘Public’ section. HSE healthcare professionals can order hard copies of the cookbook from (if not already registered, just click ‘Order Publications’ on the top left of the home page, and then select ‘Register’ on the right of the login page).