Human. Author. MacGyver in the kitchen.
I’ve written about food and love for The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Huffington Post, Kveller, Scary Mommy, Hippocampus, and more. Now, I’m thrilled to announce my first book:
Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter Out of Failure-to-Thrive.
Kitchen Medicine is about learning to feed my daughter through medical challenges. It’s for people who cook for fuel and those who cook for love; for those who see the miracle in the growing child and in the fresh peach; for matzo-ball lovers and the gluten-intolerant; and for parents who want to feed their kids without starving their souls.
Recent Published Work
Caregivers Are Real People (CHD Magazine)
It took 9 months for my baby to be diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. I regret not asking her doctors more questions. (Insider)
There’s No Such Thing as Good or Bad Food (TinyBeans)
Seeing a child receive the diagnosis ‘failure to thrive’ can be painful for parents. A new diagnosis, called pediatric feeding disorder, could help. (Insider)
Five Hosting Lessons I Learned from Feeding My Daughter, Who Could Not Seem to Eat (Bon Appetit)
Tiny Love Stories: “Everyone Should Have a Maxine” (New York Times)
In crafting this story, the writer not only exposes some of the reality of interacting with the medical community—that it can be impersonal, designed for populations not individuals, and difficult to navigate—but also writes herself back into the narrative…Her prose reads like an intimate conversation with a good friend who you’ve known for many years, and of course, each of you with a mug of coffee in your hands.
Kitchen Medicine—A Story of Food and Love with Author Debi Lewis (Conversations About Conversations with Ivan Farber)
“They Say ‘Failure to Thrive’ but Moms Hear ‘Failure To Feed.'” (Burnt Toast with Virginia Sole-Smith)
Kitchen Medicine with Debi Lewis (That’s the #Truth with Daniel & Jenny Muscatell)
Overcoming a “Failure to Thrive Diagnosis” – Debi Lewis (Mothers of Misfits)
Words With Writers – Debi Lewis (Kathy Biehl’s Empowerment Unlimited)
Healing Her Child and Learning to Thrive (Happiness Through Hardship with Pretty Wellness’ Caryn Sullivan)
Writing About Our Children (Let’s Talk Memoir with Ronit Plank)
Beating Failure to Thrive (Heart to Heart with Anna)
Debi Lewis holds a BA and MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin. Her experience as the parent of a medically complex child honed her empathy and reinforced her need to articulate both her and her child’s needs in writing. As both a fiction writer and an essayist, Debi believes in empathy and compassion as the keys to a compelling story.
Debi Lewis has been publishing essays and short stories in popular and niche publications for more than twenty years. Covering parenting, social action, and issues of faith, her writing has a distinctive crossover style.
Connect with Debi
In the intersections of health reporting, parenting, great food, and the writing world is Debi’s @growthesunshine Twitter feed. Connect there to read her latest musings and interests.