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Cooking:

  • Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson – uncomplicated, absolutely delicious, beautiful and super creative recipes. When Nathan made the Weeknight Curry, it was better than Thai takeout.
  • Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce – easy to follow, beautiful and truly unique baking. There’s still plenty of butter, sugar and white flour mixed in, but everybody needs treats! Baking from this book is a treat for all the senses, as she encourages you to get to know each flour and to use fresh, natural ingredients.

On Making a Baby:

  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility  by Toni Weschler – This is not a book about infertility; if you are female and probably capable of bearing children, then she really does mean you. I had no idea that I knew so little about my body. I don’t love the chapters that feel more like a manifesto, but the science is undeniably awesome. All the information you never knew you were missing. For any woman, whether you want a pregnancy or want desperately to avoid one.
  • Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul. I recommend this to anyone and everyone because it is simply compelling. The author looks at gestation and pregnancy as experiences that deserve serious consideration in and of themselves, not just as means to an end (birth). It doesn’t surprise me that our relationship to “The Fetus” is much more complex than anyone really knows yet, but the details of what we are learning completely fascinate me.
  • Pregnant on Prozac by Dr. Shoshana Bennet. When I finished this book, I took a nice deep breath of calm. Every decision before, during and after pregnancy is more complicated when you have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression or bipolar disorder. This book lays it all out and explains what the right kind of help should feel like. A support team that includes at least one person who has had experience with pregnancy and mood disorders at the same time can help steer anyone through these decisions. “Dr. Shosh,” as she is popularly known, is remarkably accessible via email, which is a plus! This is the only book that I have found on what to do if you want a baby and already know that you have a mood disorder. Everyone and her sister is willing to give advice about post-partum, but I have questions now, before it all. And this book helped me more than I can say.
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