Food to Grow On: Give Your Kids a Healthy Lifestyle for Keeps


282 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-00-639508-9
DDC 613.2'083




Reviewed by Monika Rohlmann

Monika Rohlmann is an environmental consultant in Barrie, Ontario.


Rena Mendelson is a nutrition professor at Ryerson University in
Ontario. Her sister Susan is a well-known Vancouver cook and caterer who
has published eight cookbooks. Together they have produced a nutritional
manual for pregnancy, infancy, and childhood. The original book by this
title, published in 1994, is reprinted here with numerous updates and
more recipes.

The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with preconception
and includes informed discussions of such issues as fertility, birth
control, vitamins, weight gain, nausea, and the negative effects of
alcohol consumption and smoking. The authors provide 80 nutrition-rich
recipes—many of them vegetarian—designed to meet the needs of the
expectant mother. Part 2 covers infancy, assuming a healthy baby has
arrived, with discussions of the benefits of breast milk and the various
challenges new mothers may face. Food suggestions focus on fruits and
vegetables. Occupying half the book is Part 3, which provides tips on
meal planning, school lunches, and snacks, as well as discussions of
special dietary concerns. The 80 recipes that follow are designed to
please the whole family.

Part nutrition guide, part cookbook, Food to Grow On is a one-stop
manual of healthy family cooking.


Mendelson, Susan, and Rena Mendelson., “Food to Grow On: Give Your Kids a Healthy Lifestyle for Keeps,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024,