My Next Book!

  • April 2, 2016 2:55 pm

I’m excited to announce that I’m busily working on my next book, MODERN PERILS OF COUNTRY LIVING. Here’s the blurb on the sale from Publisher’s Marketplace. Memoir is so different than what I’m used to writing, though of course The Complete Organic Pregnancy and The Conscious Kitchen were deeply rooted in my own life. It’s slated to be released in Spring 2017. Excited to share this–funny, I think–tale with you.

THE MODERN PERILS OF COUNTRY LIVING by Alexandra Zissu
Non-fiction: Parenting
CONSCIOUS KITCHEN author Alexandra Zissu’s THE MODERN PERILS OF COUNTRY LIVING, the story of uprooting from NYC’s West Village to upstate New York seeking a more wholesome environment in which to raise kids, and how it’s not at all what she imagined, at all, to Ann Treistman at Countryman Press, by Sharon Bowers at Miller Bowers Griffin.

Recent Writing: New York Times, Moms Clean Air Force, Yahoo Style

  • December 15, 2015 9:56 pm

I have been busily writing. At the moment, given the state of the world (climate talks in Paris yielding not as much as they should, war, refugees, unreal hatred aka Trump), I have been feeling the need to just report stories that are fun to read. They’re soothing to report. Which is how I wound up writing about modern school photos for The New York Times. Gone are the ugly portraits of the past; the new look is sort of like a J.Crew catalog and very frame-able for your desk. Not everyone is a fan.

But I can’t help but write about climate, no matter how upsetting, so I typed up some musings on how climate change is linked to the food we eat day in and day out for Moms Clean Air Force. I also have a recent post for them on solar farms and why I love them.

It’s going to take a lot of innovation to fix the environmental state of affairs, which is why I was also pleased to write about eco-futuristic replacements for leather for Yahoo Style. I really like the jellyfish leather bag, just saying. We need all hands on to fix the woes of the world, including the fashion industry.

Hudson Valley Hookup aka Tick Checking in The New York Times

  • August 13, 2015 5:25 pm

I not-so-recently relocated to the Hudson Valley. Here we have a deep well and are surrounded by the farms that grow our food, among other amazing comforts. As a lifelong urban girl, my time in the woods has been hilarious, wonderful, frustrating, trying. I am such a fish out of water, but I no longer think about nature deficit disorder! There are many things–big and small–that scare me up here. Put me on a subway at 3am no problem, but show me a tick crawling across my 2-year-old and aaaaa! Tick-borne disease is on the rise. It’s terrifying. Neighbors and friends all around me are diagnosed weekly. It’s not just Lyme. It’s co-infections and more. Some of them are suffering chronically. So we all endlessly tick check. Day in and day out. Night in and night out. Searching and searching. And we wear a lot of white stuff tucked into white socks. I realize not everyone actually tick checks. So I decided to write about it — why to, how to, who else is checking (Jill Kargman from Odd Mom Out, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, and some Kardashians, among others). The result is here, in The New York Times. Tonight make sure to check you and yours!

(Also, very pleased to have entered Hudson Valley hookup into the Times lexicon.)

Moms Clean Air Force Posts

  • July 29, 2015 1:57 pm

I’ve been doing some writing again lately for Moms Clean Air Force. So glad to be part of their impressive mission. My latest posts cover links between air pollution and autism, and an essay on why I find protecting my children from toxic chemicals to be empowering (if annoying — I’d rather the government truly protect us and I could get back to more fun parenting tasks).

If you’re not yet familiar with MCAF’s work, check them out!

Recent Writing

  • June 4, 2015 12:35 pm

After a few years of mainly working with clients, I’m back to doing some writing for various publications. I’m still loving working with clients, but was missing being a journalist. Check out some of my latest posts on some of my favorite topics (I am microbiome obsessed!):

Self Beat Bloat, Lose Weight, and Feel All-Around Amazing By Making This Change / Five new books center around the one diet trick you probably haven’t tried yet: paying attention to your gut health.

Refinery 29 The Ultimate Grocery Store Shopping Guide for 20-somethings

Refinery29 6 New Ways to Get Plastics Out of Your Life — And Why it Matters

Yahoo! Style 5 Ways to Stylish Nails Without the Guilt

Yahoo! Style The Best Eco-Fashion to Celebrate Earth Day

Yahoo! Style The 9 Best Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

I’m not on my website as much as I mean to be (sound familiar?). But I am on Facebook and Twitter at least once a day, so come join me at either place.

Maternity Slow Down

  • January 11, 2013 12:50 pm

As of mid-December I’m home getting to know my newborn and working, writing, and posting less (or not at all). I should be back up and running at some point in February. If you send me a question for a Q&A in the interim, I will file it for then.

Happy 2013!

Eco-Friendly Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

  • September 10, 2012 8:41 am

School starts today at loooong last! I don’t even bother shopping for anything until at least a few weeks into school to see what we actually “need” (usually nothing). Well that’s not entirely true. My mom had a tradition of always helping us choose a back-to-school outfit a few weeks before school started so we could get excited and picture what we’d be wearing as we went about the first day. It wasn’t always a new dress. Quite often it was a hand-me-down. So my daughter does have a first grader new dress–thanks to her grandmother–that has been waiting to be worn for about two weeks. I have loving memories of my own first grader first day dress. It was a brown and white gingham number with a red apple on my chest. Ah, the 70s.

On the topic, here’s my most recent post for Elizabeth Street and it’s all about eco-friendly back-to-school shopping. Maybe I’ll take my own advice come October….

The Conscious Kitchen Now Available On Kindle!

  • September 5, 2012 12:29 pm

Good news!  The Conscious Kitchen is now available on your Kindle. Was excited to run across this today.

Avoiding Smog: a post for Moms Clean Air Force

  • August 14, 2012 12:34 pm

My latest post for Moms Clean Air Force is about how I’ve retreated from my urban apartment to a borrowed house in the country  in an attempt to avoid soot and smog–and reclaim summer innocence. Where have you been this summer where you felt like the air you breathed was safe?

Q&A: BPA and Plastics

  • August 8, 2012 8:18 am

Question:

Alexandra,
A friend just sent me a video of you talking about safety concerns about plastics and children. My wife and I are brand new parents. Our twins were born 6 weeks ago. We are using the Dr. Browns BPA-free bottles. My concern is we’ve been washing them in the dishwasher. I’m wondering about the possibility of substances (other than BPA) in the plastic leaching into the milk due to the heat in the dishwasher. Do you have any info on this? Where do you find your information? We’ve been reading a lot but haven’t seen any studies on possible dangers of BPA free plastics that are exposed to high temperatures. Do you think I should switch to glass or just start hand washing the plastic bottles I’ve got. Thanks for your help.

Best,
David

Answer:

Hi David,

Congrats on your new additions.

Watching that video of me talking about plastic, it should come as no surprise that I’m deeply wary of plastic for both environmental and health reasons and therefore fond of both shatterproof glass and/or stainless steel–especially for the early years and developmental moments. All plastics degrade when exposed to high temperatures. While the safety research has mainly been on BPA (plastic #7) and PVC/Vinyl (plastic #3), there are studies that have been done on what comes out of even the plastics that are considered safe by the scientific community, especially #1. Since you’re contending with twins, you might not be aware that the FDA recently finally banned BPA from baby bottles, though not from any other infant products (which is frustrating). There is no word on what manufacturers are supposed to be replacing BPA with, and if these chemicals are any safer than their banned predecessors. More reasons to avoid plastic….

Though there are great resources (like The Environmental Working Group) to turn to for information on plastic, staying on top of  the latest plastic safety details can be a full time job. This is another reason I prefer glass and stainless steel. You don’t have to keep on top of their safety.

Another bonus: If you are too tired to wash everything by hand, glass and stainless are your friends; both are fine in dishwasher. Keep in mind that any/all plastic you use should only ever go on the top rack of the dishwasher if you can’t hand wash.

Bottle issue solved, now get some sleep!

Best,

Alexandra