A comprehensive manual for healthy eating that could become a pregnant woman’s most helpful resource.

EATING FOR PREGNANCY

YOUR ESSENTIAL MONTH-BY-MONTH NUTRITION GUIDE AND COOKBOOK, 3RD ED.

This third edition of a nutritional guide offers recipes, menus, and health advice geared to all phases of pregnancy, from preconception to post-delivery.

Before launching into the figurative and literal “meat and potatoes” portion of this collection of 150 healthy recipes for pregnancy, the authors include a lengthy introductory section that provides detailed information about nutrition as it relates to the well-being of mother and child. This portion features a list of do’s and don’ts for the “pregnancy journey” and charts that show optimal caloric intake and weight gain during each trimester. Other sections explain the essential roles of macronutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as the nutritional functions of vitamins and minerals as related to the process of growing a tiny being inside one’s body. Specific sections are dedicated to those with special diets, either by choice, such as vegetarian or vegan, or by necessity, such as lactose- and gluten-free, with extra detail given to the vitamin and mineral needs of those who do not consume animal products. The recipes that follow this exhaustive introduction are divided into nine chapters, one for each gestational month. Each begins with a brief introduction describing ongoing fetal development and nutritional needs. Recipes are designed to be both tempting and nourishing. Even the exceedingly simple offerings suggest additions for the adventurous, such as sliced scallions or curry powder mixed into the basic egg, celery, and mayonnaise base of “Pr-Egg-O Salad.” Others deliver easy-to-prepare, restaurant quality entrees while minimizing cleanup. For “Baked Salmon and Broccoli Rabe with Scallion-Ginger Sauce,” the authors suggest cooking everything on one parchment-lined baking sheet. Most recipes supply ideas for side dishes to make meal planning easy. Jones (A Year of Russian Feasts, 2002, etc.), an accomplished cookbook author; Hudson, a licensed and registered dietitian; and Knight, a physician, bring a wealth of expertise to the project. Their informational chapters are well researched and documented with extensive notes, and the recipes are varied and appealing. While the work’s tone is authoritative, it is also caring and informal, like a warm conversation with a knowledgeable friend.

A comprehensive manual for healthy eating that could become a pregnant woman’s most helpful resource.

Pub Date: July 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7382-8510-8

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.

WHY WE SWIM

A study of swimming as sport, survival method, basis for community, and route to physical and mental well-being.

For Bay Area writer Tsui (American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, 2009), swimming is in her blood. As she recounts, her parents met in a Hong Kong swimming pool, and she often visited the beach as a child and competed on a swim team in high school. Midway through the engaging narrative, the author explains how she rejoined the team at age 40, just as her 6-year-old was signing up for the first time. Chronicling her interviews with scientists and swimmers alike, Tsui notes the many health benefits of swimming, some of which are mental. Swimmers often achieve the “flow” state and get their best ideas while in the water. Her travels took her from the California coast, where she dove for abalone and swam from Alcatraz back to San Francisco, to Tokyo, where she heard about the “samurai swimming” martial arts tradition. In Iceland, she met Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, a local celebrity who, in 1984, survived six hours in a winter sea after his fishing vessel capsized, earning him the nickname “the human seal.” Although humans are generally adapted to life on land, the author discovered that some have extra advantages in the water. The Bajau people of Indonesia, for instance, can do 10-minute free dives while hunting because their spleens are 50% larger than average. For most, though, it’s simply a matter of practice. Tsui discussed swimming with Dara Torres, who became the oldest Olympic swimmer at age 41, and swam with Kim Chambers, one of the few people to complete the daunting Oceans Seven marathon swim challenge. Drawing on personal experience, history, biology, and social science, the author conveys the appeal of “an unflinching giving-over to an element” and makes a convincing case for broader access to swimming education (372,000 people still drown annually).

An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.

Pub Date: April 14, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-61620-786-1

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Algonquin

Review Posted Online: Jan. 5, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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