The name of the book I was referring to, the author is Andrew Edney B.V.M and the book is called ASPCA Complete Care Manual. This book is different from the other ASPCA book authored by James R. Richards. The one by Andrew Edney is one of the few books on cat care that does not reccommend dry food as a staple but just as an occasional snack. The author does not go as far as reccommending raw meat but he does reccommend canned food as a staple and this is what he has to say about fresh foods in his words copied from the book.
"The easiest way to ensure that your cat enjoys a balanced diet is to feed it a canned cat food produced by a reliable pet food manufacturer. However you can feed your cat a meal of fresh food once or twice a week to add variety and interest to its diet"
And these are the foods he suggests.
Cooked fresh beef, lamb, pork, or fish baked , grilled or boiled cooled and chopped into small chunks before serving.
Cooked meat with a little cooked rice, pasta, or potato(but he stresses that veggies and carbohydrates should only make up a very small portion of your cat's diet)
Cooked meat with vegetables(carrots, peas, or greens added for extra vitamins)
Scrambled egg(never feed raw egg whites)
Oatmeal made with warm milk(appreciated by growing kittens. Do not add sugar)
He also lists the occasional treat of canned sardines, tuna or salmon but I'm not a big fan of feeding canned tuna for human consumption to cats unless it's only a tablespoon.
From another book I have by Katrin Behrend called Cats A Complete Pet Owner's Manual she reccommends these foods to feed only as homemade treats. She prefers commercial cat food as a staple but for treats she reccommends:
Well-cooked meat from cow, calf, sheep, rabbit, and wild game sliced into cat-sized hunks
Well-cooked organ meats such as heart, stomach, and liver. She says that if served raw they act as a laxative.
Cooked and deboned fish once per week
Grated carrots and apples, cooked rice, steamed spinach, and instant oatmeal in small quantities.
Twice a week give a cooked egg yolk; give no egg white since it destroys the vitamin B in the food.
For between-meals snacks, give a teaspoonful of cottage cheese or some grated mild hard cheese two or three times a week, and cat vitamin flakes from the pet store as indicated on the label.
So poster, tell your friend not to freak out so much if you feed something other than kibble once in a while.