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Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family Hardcover – March 6, 2012
“Susan Weissman has produced a remarkable, clear-eyed account of the difficulties of raising a child with severe allergies into something humane and beautiful. Feeding Eden is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in our complicated lives of food and family.”--Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and The Great Failure
“Susan Weissman tells a gripping story of her son Eden's struggles with food allergies. Feeding Eden is not only a beautifully written personal tale, but also a sharp-eyed and harrowing exploration of all the misunderstandings that face those to whom food itself - the very stuff of life - is toxic.”--Amanda Hesser, co-founder of FOOD52.com
“Stark, lyrical, and often funny, Susan Weissman leads the reader on a mother's epic journey to raise a severely allergic son in a nutty world. Even if you don't have kids, Feeding Eden will grab you on the first page and never let you go.”--Robert Wilder, author of Daddy Needs A Drink
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Any mother, and especially those with medically fragile children, will relate to and learn from Weissman's emotional journey. I found myself returning to the early years of raising my first son, born three months early, and reliving all the self-doubt, fear and exhaustion. Nothing is more therapeutic than discovering someone else feels the same way you do.
For parents of food-allergic children, FEEDING EDEN is a must-read.Through an entertaining and often humorous narrative, Weissmann portrays the challenges of daily life with a child who has multiple life-threatening allergies including the impact on siblings and relationships. Well-researched and easy-to-understand medical information, such as theories on why food allergies are on the rise, how the body reacts to an allergen, and studies on possible cures, is woven unobstrusively into the story. While Weissman shares her approach to medical care, including both Western and Eastern medicine, she stresses that every parent must find their own path. To help parents, resources are provided in the back of the book.
The book title may make potential readers think FEEDING EDEN is a how-to-book: how and what to feed an allergic child. Of course, food and eating are essential to Eden's story, but the narrative itself is more of a love story--a timeless classic of a mother overcoming overwhelming obstacles to keep her child safe. It's a story for every parent. And once they've finished reading, they should pass their copy to any caregivers of an allergic child--grandparents, teachers, camp counselors, healthcare providers, babysitters and others.
(This review originally appeared at http://www.freedible.com/blogs/464-review-of-feeding-eden.html)
I found plenty of charm and wit here and also lots of advice for other parents. I felt like I could totally relate to Susan’s descriptions. Even though my family doesn’t have food allergy issues we have faced learning challenges with our son. Susan’s retelling of the mental processes she faced are the kind that any parent facing childhood challenges could sympathize with. I think a lot of parents would find comfort in this book knowing that others have walked the same or similar path.
The author has also included an extensive list of resources at the back of the book for those looking for more information about food allergies.
I found myself totally caught up in this story and I highly recommend it. The book was entertaining and informative all at the same time. I hope that Susan will continue to write stories for us to read because I thoroughly enjoyed her writing.