When something is wrong, and you just know it, the worst thing that can happen is that no one will believe you.
When Debi Lewis’ daughter Sammi was born with a confounding set of digestive and respiratory concerns, she became the subject of Lewis’ research, writing, and worrying. The experience made Lewis conscious of the devaluing of parental instinct and expertise in the eyes of the medical establishment. She grew curious about the experiences of other parents whose children were in similarly murky medical crises, with no clear support group available. In the movement from confusion to diagnosis to misdiagnosis, acting on orders sometimes meant acting against instinct. Through nine years and through varying diagnoses, Lewis takes her fury and metaphorically grabs the doctor’s white coat by the lapels.
- What do you like to eat?I was at one of those once-in-a-lifetime parties this summer when someone asked me a question that has been on my mind ever since. It was a fundraiser for my synagogue, and the host was a good friend who is both an outrageously creative and joyful cook and a whiskey enthusiast on another level (you […]
- Kitchen Medicine, Summer Kitchen, and Porch MedicineMy book, Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter out of Failure to Thrive, is nearly 2 months old now. In these two months, I’ve learned a lot about publishing and selling books. I’ve learned how the kernel of intention I had when I set out to write Kitchen Medicine was true and right, and the […]
- This Is for the ConnectionsIt happened: my book, Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter out of Failure to Thrive came out on March 15, 2022. After all the years of this story being just pixels on a screen and memories in my heart, I held the hardcover copy in my hands and saw that it was real. It was a […]
- Something About Nine-Year-OldsWhen I was nine and a member of Mrs. Chase’s fourth grade class, the Scholastic book catalogs came home from school with me several times a year. They sold everything from chapter books and sticker books to scented erasers and crossword puzzles, and I wanted ALL OF IT. I pored over them for hours, circling […]
- We’re All Picky EatersI am seeing a trend in many of the reviews I’ve begun to receive for my forthcoming book, Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter out of Failure to Thrive. I’m not completely surprised by it — after all, I included this theme in some of the synopses I wrote both in my book proposal and in […]