Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"The missing link between Freud and Oprah"

I'm a couple days behind the news, but still thought it worthwhile to post a brief notice of the death last week of a monumentally important figure in the history of psychotherapy, Dr. Alice Miller.

Dr. Miller was of course a prolific writer, of tremendous influence; her signature book remains The Drama of the Gifted Child (Basic, 9780465016907). See here for the New York Times obituary.

(Credit where credit is due: the heading of this post comes from a wry appraisal of Daphne Merkin's, quoted in the Times obit.)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Take that, Julie & Julia!

This is truly a post I never could have imagined ... but:

According to their website, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is "a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research." A lofty mission - and some high profile doctors are behind it: T. Colin Cambell (The China Study, 9781932100662) and Andrew Weil are on the advisory board; Neal Barnard (Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook, 9780738213583) is the organization's president. As you might be able to tell from the personnel, diet & nutrition are high on their list of interests.

As part of their continuing mission to improve the public health, they yesterday announced their list of the five best and worst (read: healthiest and least healthy) cookbooks of the decade. Second on their list of "worst" was, yes, the 13th edition (2001) of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. (Look what all that butter will get you....)

But more shocking still, among the best: Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (Running Press, 9780762431069). Honest! Here's what they had to say - and with no prompting from us (as far as I know):

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kick-Ass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and Start Looking Hot!)

Number one New York Times best-selling authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin wrote this cookbook after their manifesto, Skinny Bitch, sparked a worldwide movement toward healthy eating. The cookbook offers 75 easy, satisfying vegan recipes, served up with an irreverent sense of fun. From the "Bitchin' Breakfast Burrito" to "Cha Cha Chili," Freedman and Barnouin show readers that you can eat well, enjoy food, and lose weight—all at the same time. Abundant research has shown that people who maintain a healthy weight over the long-term tend to eat a plant-based diet.

You can find the entire list here. So there you have it....