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Full Belly

For the Most Delicious--and Healthiest--Pregnancy Fuel! As a trained chef, Tara Mataraza Desmond knows how to cook--and eat. But when she became pregnant, all bets were off, and seemingly all food was suspect. Deli meat, raw milk cheese, and alcohol were out, but what is in? Lists of "verboten" foods were easy to find, but healthful, doable meals that would appeal to a pregnant woman's finicky appetite and also feed her baby in the best way were not. Relying on prenatal vitamins didn't sound very satisfying for this ambitious cook, who is most at ease in front of the stove. So with registered dietitian Shirley Fan, Desmond put together delicious, healthy recipes with the baby bump in mind. Sections include "What to Eat When You Don't Want to Eat," for that queasy and crucial first trimester, while the six chapters of recipes are accompanied by nutritional facts and bonus info to take you through all nine months (and beyond). An Iced Coffee Thickshake and a slice of Nectarine Pecan Baked Oatmeal can start the morning off right, while the Trail Mix Bars are perfect for a pick-me-up snack. Options like Cranberry Pistachio Salad with Chive Vinaigrette, Pork and Peanut Noodles, and Butternut Ragu Lasagna (which does double-duty as a great freezer-friendly meal for after the baby arrives) fill out lunch and dinner. All of the recipes even benefit the post-pregnancy bod (and feed the rest of the family) by focusing on whole foods that deliver flavor without too much fat, sugar, and empty calories that make baby weight hard to shed. Full Belly is a cookbook designed to foster a healthy, happy pregnancy--but you'll be coming back to the delicious recipes long after baby arrives!
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Tara Mataraza Desmond is an author and writer focused on food and cooking for wellness, pregnancy, and parenthood. She is the author of Choosing Sides: From Holidays to Every Day, 130 Delicious Recipes to Make the Meal (Andrews McMeel) and co-author of Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet (Ten Speed Press). Desmond's work has appeared in Parents, Clean Eating, Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, Serious Eats, and The Kitchn. Desmond has been a guest on national radio and television shows, including Martha Stewart Omnimedia Sirius Radio programs, Everyday Food and Whole Living, NPR, and NBC 10's The 10! Show. Her blog, Crumbs On My Keyboard ( celebrates food and life in words and pictures. She is the proud alumna of two healthy pregnancies. During the first, she ran (OK, jogged) until 30 weeks, cooked the entire nine months (with the exception of a few greenish weeks in the beginning...) and was back in the kitchen five days after delivery. The second pregnancy involved cooking with twins, much less exuberance and grace, two months of gripping all-day morning sickness, no running whatsoever, and frantic cookbook writing to birth a book before the two babies. Thereafter, she relied on the good graces of friends and family who brought homemade freezer-friendly food well beyond delivery. Desmond cooks and writes for work and life with three small children afoot in Philadelphia.


"Full Belly is an oasis from the stress-inducing calorie counting and overwhelming 'no' lists of so many prenatal eating books. Rather, it is like being in a friend's kitchen--a friend who has been there, knows the scoop on nutrition and shares deliciously do-able recipes and tips for a healthful pregnancy. I sure wish I had this book when I was pregnant!" --Ellie Krieger MS RD, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite and author of Weeknight Wonders: Delicious Healthy Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less At last, a clear voice from the kitchen on the importance of eating real food when you're eating for two. Full Belly is many things at once; it's a luscious cookbook; it's a clear guide through the unnecessarily foggy territory of the prenatal diet; and perhaps most profoundly, it's a kind of Bill of Rights for a new generation -- one now in diapers --of future real-foodists." --Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby and The Real Food Cookbook "There are many books you can buy to help guide you through pregnancy, but Full Belly is the only reference you'll need. It provides the essentials about what to eat for a healthy pregnancy, and the recipes are ones you'll want to make long after the baby is born. Tara Mataraza Desmond's supportive, reassuring tone makes it feel as though you have a smart but understanding friend by your side for nine months. ." --Tina Ruggiero, MS, RD, LD, best-selling author of The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet and The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook As a mom of three (including twins!), Tara Mataraza Desmond knows full well the nutrition questions swirling in a pregnant woman's mind. With recipes, expert-fueled advice, and clever Belly-to-Belly conversations, Full Belly provides all the answers to satisfy women's hunger for information and gnawing concerns." --Sarah Bowen Shea, mom of three and co-author of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother

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