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Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Imagine rushing your child to the hospital, terrified for his life…just because he took a mouthful of the wrong food or a few drops of milk touched his skin. Susan Weissman knows how that feels. From birth, her son Eden suffered from allergies so intense that an errant bite could be deadly: Dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, fish, shellfish, and several fruits all wreaked havoc with ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sterling
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Sadie E.
Jan 31, 2012 Sadie E. rated it liked it
I recently won this book from a giveaway, and honestly, it was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a more...well, something similar to the style of 'The Zookeeper's Wife.' I was interested in the illness, but I wasn't necessarily expecting something so...engaging. It was funny, enlightening, and heart-warming.

I really appreciate the way the book calls attention to the lesser known ailment of food allergies and anaphylaxis, concepts I was ignorant prior to. It calls attention the ignoran
Feb 02, 2012 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This book did not read like a non-fiction book. Susan Weissman's storytelling is so compelling, that this book read like a fast paced fiction story. I read it in one day and obviously it was incredible. I have no children and I also have no food allergies, but you don't need either of those to appreciate this book. But people who do have children with allergies should definitely read this book, Ms. Weissman has already done the hard wo ...more
The Rainbow Zebra
A MUST for those who parent a child with food allergies!!!

I cannot thank Susan Weissman enough for sharing her son, Eden, and his life threatening food allergies. So many times it was like reading what our family has gone through for the past thirteen years. I've wept, gained insight, and would love to bear hug this amazing woman. Because we have nearly shared parallel lives, I know the pain, the fear, guilt, frustration and doubts.

My son is currently anaphylactic to all nuts, eggs, dairy and sh
Nov 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Hurrah to Susan for an absolutely wonderful book about the joys and sorrows of raising a child with challenges. In this case, Susan’s son has a long list of food allergies that can be life-threatening. Susan uses her deftness as a writer to walk us through her son’s diagnosis and the changes they had to make to their lives in order to keep him healthy.

I found plenty of charm and wit here and also lots of advice for other parents. I felt like I could totally relate to Susan’s descriptions. Even
Apr 10, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Susan Weissman's son is allergic to all the things my son is to, minus a few. But hers is a different world. Reading her book really makes me appreciate how far we've come in spreading awareness, food labelling laws, and making products that are food allergy friendly. I also greatly appreciate that doctors are more aware of special case children and are more cautious, and parents are more informed and can sometimes push for what they know when the doctor seems skeptical. Hats off to the the alle ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
This is an eye-opening book about a child with severe food allergies. It's the true journey that he and his family took from the day he was born in discovering his allergies and learning to deal with them. The strength and courage that comes through the pages is built on the sheer love and commitment that Weissman has for her family. She writes of their fears, their fantasies and their reality which is filled with doctors, alternative methods, and careful ongoing learning to fathom how to functi ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
If you know someone who has a severe food allergy or are facing it within your own family, I think this book is an excellent mix of information and anecdote - understanding how one family dealt with this very real and life threatening medical condition.

My older son was allergic to milk and egg - he came out in hives with milk and egg, and would also empty his stomach contents if he had egg by itself. He grew out of it by two. My younger son has been mildly allergic to egg (only had hives after
Joalby Phoenix
Apr 25, 2012 Joalby Phoenix rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Won this book in a LibraryThing giveaway program. I was not exactly sure what think but the idea of reading the book called my attention, having a friend of my own who has a child with food allergies. I was expecting the book to be nothing but clinical speak and medical advances and such but am surprised that it was a lot more personable and relateable than I thought originally. I have since passed the book along to my friend who I am sure will enjoy the read.

Not from a food side of things but
Mar 19, 2012 Clover rated it it was amazing
The "Eden" of the title is the author's son, who is allergic to dairy, soy, nuts, peanuts, beans, sesame seeds, salmon, mold, pollen and sulpha drugs. He also has eczema and asthma. This book is about how Eden's family attempts to lead a somewhat normal life despite Eden's daunting problems.

Since Eden's allergies first became apparent, he's been treated by a host of pediatricians, allergists, nutritionists, dermatologists, osteopaths, therapists, gastroenterologists and alternative healers.

Apr 04, 2012 E rated it it was amazing
Eden Weissman has life threatening food allergies. Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family written by his mother Susan Weissman is her story of how the family finds a way to be a family while trying to keep Eden safe. The intricacies of food preparation and label reading are candidly described. Pediatricians, specialists, therapists and Early Intervention staff become important participants in the family's life. She writes of the close relationship between food and family. ...more
Bethany Zimp
This book was a Goodreads giveaway to a friend, who then passed it on to me. I will certainly be passing it on to other allergy mamas.

There were many things that I enjoyed about this book, but the disorganized writing left me frustrated and assured the poorer rating. As a new family with food allergies, I respected and recognized all of the authors struggles with her child's allergies - what is wrong, stressful wrong diagnoses, scary correct diagnoses, lack of treatment, feelings of guilt, ques
Nov 14, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Lots of angst and bitterness in this one. Must have been very cathartic and fulfilling to get it out on paper. Besides being so full of depressing details, it should help others understand more about food allergies. Has a load of resources at the end as well. No one wants to have allergies. Coping has to happen somehow. From a single food sensitivity to multiple serious allergies. They are on the rise and people should be more aware.

Worst part of this book was the order. There wasn't any. Skips
Apr 17, 2012 Nora rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
As someone who loves to cook food allergies are an area of interest to me. This book taught me a lot about living with someone who has serious food allergies and the stress that can put on a family. The idea of not being able to enjoy some of my favorite things becuase my family couldn't is stressful to me.

I did enjoy Feeding Eden, but I could tell that the author is very new to storytelling. She knows her audience well and backs up her facts with good sources, but I feel her ability to weave a
Apr 17, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
This book...oh my goodness. I laughed, I bawled, I marked just about every other page to come back to and write down quotes. I bought the book because I have a son (who coincidentally shares the same awesome name but spelled differently - Edan) with multiple food allergies, and this book did not disappoint in its accuracy of insight regarding what it is like to raise a child with severe allergies. She puts it all into perfect words, beautiful and haunting. What surprised me is how much this book ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
excellent read even if your child doesn't have any type of food allergies. Recommend highly if your child DOES have food allergies.
Very informative.
Christina Heredia
Very repetitive...kid is allergic to everything, and the family has to deal with it.
Oct 01, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Good, but at times felt repetitive. I was really glad that the last 20% was appendix.
Jun 02, 2012 Andrew rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1st-reads
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway. While I enjoyed the stories and information about food allergies, I found the writing style confusing, and the author tended to jump around in an unclear manner. Rather than following a chronological progression through Eden's development, each chapter seemed to start from when Eden was very young and work forward to an unspecified point in his life. Then, this same storyline would repeat in the next chapter.
Sep 27, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
I won this book thru Library Thing Early reviewer, it is an advanced reader copy. It was about her son, Eden and his struggles with severe food allergies and how the family has adjusted. I only gave it two stars because the book jumped around a lot and was not the best written book. I enjoyed the resources at the back of the book. Other than that, the book was rather depressing and I could not relate to it because I do not have kids.
Nov 27, 2013 Shelley rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
Privileged woman with multi-food allergic child feels guilt, shame, and consults with both professionals and quacks about same.

One star because I finished it, even after she claimed a healer in another state dealt with her non-allergic child's eating issues.

One more because I came away grateful that my Eden only has one food allergy (I'm the one with the laundry list).

Not recommended if you like science.
Jul 11, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time keeping track of the timelines, but overall found it a really interesting and educational read. I'm not a parent, don't have allergies and otherwise couldn't relate -- except I could to the human aspect and that the worries and self-doubt that are really present in all people. It was enlightening and encouraging.

I did receive this advanced reading copy free through a Goodreads giveaway.
Oct 04, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
This reads more like a collection of personal essays and that bugged me at first. When I set that aside and just pretended each chapter was a whole new essay, I appreciated how Weissmam gave voice to my family's daily experience with food allergies. I think it's hard for others to understand the fear and isolation that can sometimes be overwhelming, as well as how strong and resilient these kids are.
Dec 15, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
finished this weeks was a book that made me grateful my boys do not have any food issues.
May 28, 2015 Cora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very interesting as I have never looked into the world of allergies before. I have heard about sever allergies but this makes you think
Mar 17, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: foodie
I don't have a food-allergic child, but I *loved* this book. Enough to write a blog post about it:
Colette Martin
Apr 01, 2013 Colette Martin rated it it was amazing
A real account of a mother's struggle to understand and manage her child's illness. It is raw with truth, and extremely readable. This is a simply amazing book.
Feb 16, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing
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