I'd completely forgotten the thrill of seeing my name on the cover of a book for the very first time. When I showed Amanda, from the Boston Living Center, the cover of the book she has spent so many months putting together, and which I have helped them produce, I remembered that feeling as her face lit up with glee when she saw her name front and center. Recipes for a Positive Life features nearly 100 recipes for better living with HIV.
These easy-to-prepare recipes (smoothies, chicken, veggies, meatballs, dishes you'd want to make every day) will appeal to everyone; what makes the the cookbook especially useful for the BLC community is that it highlights each recipe's particular nutrients and benefits for people trying to fight the effects of some diseases that might result from HIV, like lipodystrophy, muscle wasting, neuropathy, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies.
After a few months of work, Recipes for a Positive Life is ready to print, and thanks to a grant from Memorial Church at Harvard, the BLC will be able to print enough books for their clients, staff, and friends of the agency. It's a great start. (If you'd like to contribute to ongoing aspects of this project, please send me an email.)