Following her first pregnancy at age 47, award-winning cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman teamed up with Jane Davis, an obstetrician/gynecologist who loves to cook. The result is Every Woman's Guide to Eating During Pregnancy
, a readable and practical handbook for mothers about nourishing their growing or breastfeeding child--while enjoying delicious, healthful food. The authors take a fresh and festive view of eating during pregnancy by offering 100 tasty recipes framed in a crash course on nutrition. Refusing to obsess about calories and fat grams, the authors evaluate foods in terms of nutrients--what they do for your body and your baby. "With this book, you can throw out the calculator and reach again for your plate," they promise.
While Shulman and Davis offer solid answers to the usual food queries--how to cope with nausea, how much weight is too much--their approach shines by detailing the nutrition challenges of first-trimester queasiness, second-trimester ravenousness, and third-trimester fullness. The recipes are hip, healthy, and not for pregnant women only. They include fruit soups, black-eyed pea pâté, beef and arugula salad, Mediterranean chicken stew, corn gratin, and peach bread pudding. These easy-to-prepare meals are followed by chapters that focus on eating plans for individual needs such as vegan or lactose-free diets and the special needs of high-risk pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and multiple births. The author's skillful balance of information, advice, and recipes will allow mothers to celebrate both food and family. --Barbara Mackoff
From Publishers Weekly
Shulman (Mediterranean Light) and Davis, director of obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, team up to offer a slew of recipes plus some basic tips on weight gain, bed rest, fighting nausea, key nutrients and other issues faced by virtually all pregnant women. The recipes include breakfast foods, snacks, salads, soups, sandwiches, main dishes and deserts, and Shulman provides inventive variations on even the most ordinary dishes. She includes a toaster-oven version of the grilled cheese sandwich and a deviled eggs recipe that's easy on the mayonnaise, plus more exotic treats like Grapefruit Avocado Salad, White Bean Puree, and Mediterranean Chicken Stew. Many of the recipes are easy to make and suitable for anyone, pregnant or not. For the pregnant woman, the meal plans which include advice on schedules and portions sizes for the different trimesters will be particularly useful. Shulman and Davis devise special programs for those with conditions such as lactose intolerance and gestational diabetes. They offer low- and high-carb programs, as well as special plans for vegetarians and nursing mothers. Fans of Shulman's other books are especially likely to find this comprehensive new volume appealing.
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