Nathan Evans Fox announces new album Wasted Love

Nathan Evans Fox’s new album Wasted Love will be out October 8, 2021. Photo: google

An accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Evans Fox began playing violin at age four and has since picked up the guitar, piano, and a bit of other instruments. Growing up on family land in Glen Alpine, NC, he was surrounded by hymn books, country, bluegrass, folk, and family. Originally trained as a hospital chaplain, Fox is no stranger to grief. His music makes something out of what remains, both wrestling with country’s messy legacy and embracing its effective power to ignite a rush of joy, nostalgia, or solidarity. His songs are full of the people, things, and moments he loves, from the old Mercedes Benz down the street and slow dancing in dive bars to memories of his grandmother and his enduring love of good trucks. Listeners can feel the humidity of a hot summer night, the low-key longing for home coming through the twang of the slide guitar and the understated gang vocals. Nathan Evans Fox debuts cosmopolitan country sound with his new album Wasted Love, due out Friday October 8, 2021. (Nathan Evans Fox, 2021)

“You start with your accent, you start with your twang, but your accent is also the place where you start to appreciate the rest of the world,” says Western North Carolina-raised songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Evans Fox. “Country music is my accent but it’s also the way that I communicate my love for the world.” On October 8, Fox is releasing his fourth full-length album, Wasted Love, a collection of tunes that decidedly marks his shift from writing folk songs to his own, “chaotic hillbilly” brand of country music—or in Fox’s words, “from plunk to spunk.” Nimbly shifting affective gears from simmering anger and contemplative reflection to wry wit and unexpected sass, Fox’s songs are simultaneously playful and insightful. Fox’s lyrics evoke the post-storm sizzle of an Appalachian landscape and the Biblical imagery that saturated his childhood. Much of his music is a kind of reckoning with his cultural and religious inheritance: “Don’t know where I’m going / just know where I’m from,” Fox sings in “Carolina Boy,” which was recently released via Mother Church Pew as the first single from Wasted Love. “This song spells out the complicated relationship I have to my hometown,” he says about the lusciously recorded, vice and hardship-filled “Carolina Boy.” “No matter how much I love the hills of North Carolina, leaving my hometown meant making better decisions instead of falling into well-worn pitfalls.” Fans can hear “Carolina Boy” now at this link and pre-order or pre-save Wasted Love ahead of its October release right here.

Below the surface, a thread winds throughout Wasted Love, capturing the specific ways love gets spent without expectation of return—as an unconditional overflow, as uncounted minutes with the one you love, or, watching his mother care for his grandmother near the end of her life, as “the generosity of caretaking love and the ways it refuses to keep score.” Just a few months after moving to Nashville, Fox was grieving the loss of his grandmother when he and his wife’s home got hit by a tornado, and shortly after he had to cancel shows and collaborations as the pandemic spread. Writing the album amid all this loss and uncertainty, he wanted to write songs that would provide respite. In this sense, Fox’s music is all about work: blue-collar work, care work, reflective work. “We need music to do work for us that we’re too tired to do ourselves. Our feelings are spent and our ability to do work is exhausted and we just need somebody to put some good feeling back in our body.”

Wasted Love Track list:
1. One Of These Days
2. Mercedes Benz
3. Lordhamercy
4. Carolina Boy
5. Good Trucks
6. When They Take The House
7. These Four Walls
8. Damn Hard
9. Some Things Are Coming Back Again
10. What’s Intended
11. Put Money Down
12. Wasted Love

Catch Nathan Evans Fox On Tour:
October 8 – Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot
October 23 – Ingram, TX – Fritzers Saloon
October 24 – Dripping Springs, TX – Dreamland
October 29 – Harlingen, TX – Melodia Cafe



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First impression: Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza

Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza in Harlingen. Photo: Sandra Cruz

Last Friday we took a trip into Harlingen to run an errand and it was so close to dinner time that we decided to stick around and find a new restaurant to try out. The easiest choice was an Italian restaurant and since our neighbor had suggested Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza, this is where we ended up.

Being unfamiliar with Harlingen, it took us a few minutes to find the place and since it was during the afternoon rush hour, traffic was a bit of a problem but not a dealbreaker. From the outside it looks like a big restaurant and posted on the front door was a sign asking guests to be patient because they are having staffing issues. I was worried we were going to have slow service but once we went in and noticed that there were not too many customers there, we decided to stay.

As first timers, we took longer than usual to place an order but ended up ordering the Eggplant parmigiana for myself (fresh eggplant, onions, marinara sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese) and the Brisket sandwich for my meat-eating husband – (slow cooked chopped brisket with BBQ sauce, red onion, and pickles served with seasoned French fries). For drinks, we each had a glass of Moscato. Our server was friendly and helpful, the service was fast, and the food tasted fresh and homemade. The portions were generous and I ended up eating just one half of my sandwich and taking the other home for the next day.

During our visit, the atmosphere was quiet and there were plenty of seating options considering we are still social distancing in restaurants. By the time we left, though, the place was starting to get crowded. Overall the prices are reasonable but the alcohol sales tax was a surprise. It turns out the restaurant charges an “alcohol-tax,” in our case it was $0.66 total. We eat out regularly and have adult drinks on occasion, but this was our first time at a restaurant that charges an alcohol tax. It is not a big problem, but some advance notice would have been nice. With all the traveling we have done and eating out in elegant big city restaurants for years, this is the first time we have come across this. Is this just in Harlingen? If there is a next time, we will just have that glass of wine at home.

Established in 2012, Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza has been serving the Rio Grande Valley with Brooklyn style Pizzas and more. We are home of the 30″ inch Pizza and we invite you to come and try our Italian cuisine. Our location includes a wide variety of Italian dishes, steaks and an outdoor patio bar. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us. (Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza, 2021)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Price range: $ – $$$

Business hours:
Dining room open from 3p.m. to 10p.m. daily
Take-out and delivery hours:
Sunday – Wednesday 11a.m. to 9p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 11a.m. to 9p.m.

Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza
4201 W US-83 Business
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 425-6281

Oktoberfest celebrations at Krause’s Café & Biergarten

Oktoberfest celebrations include live music, beer and pretzel specials, a Halloween costume, and more. Photo: Krause’s Café & Biergarten, used with permission.

Krause’s Cafe & Biergarten is excited to announce various performances and events happening this fall. This coming season, Krause’s will host a Halloween costume contest, provide beer and pretzel specials, and various Oktoberfest celebrations every Wednesday that include a yodeling contest, Bavarian hat dances, keg tappings, and more. Krause’s is also having multiple live bands perform each week in a variety of genres. Check online for a full list of upcoming events. (Krause’s Café & Biergarten, 2021)

Oktoberfest Celebrations: Every Wednesday – October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Every Wednesday at Krause’s, bring out your best German/Bavarian attire for a full night of celebrating. Activities you can expect on Wednesdays include keg tappings, Yodel contests, Bavarian hat dances, Lederhosen & Dirndl costume contests, Bratwurst eating contests, selfie scavenger hunts, Schuhplatter contests, and more.

Monday Madness: October 4, October 18, and October 25
Enjoy music from Dance & Joy Oktoberfest DJ on October 25 and Soul Rebel Oktoberfest DJ on October 18. Try your chances at Beer Bingo on October 4.

Columbus Day, Monday, October 11
Spend your holiday chilling to live music with Geoff Hill & Tony Taylor from 1:30p.m. – 4:30p.m. and Max & The Waysiders from 6p.m. – 9p.m.

Reggae Nights: Once a month, October 24
Get your dancing shoes on, because Reggae nights will be once a month. The next reggae night will be October 24 and the band’s events will be updated directly on Krause’s website.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: October 3
Krause’s is hosting the Comal County Crisis Center fundraiser to raise awareness of domestic violence and help fund the counseling programs. The event will be held from 12p.m. to 7p.m., with all proceeds going towards the Crisis Center.

Half Price Tuesdays: All Day Every Tuesday
Guests are invited to enjoy half priced liters of German beer and half priced pretzels every Tuesday.

Halloween Costume Party: October 31
Celebrate Halloween for free at Krause’s for a chance to win the costume contest. There will be live music by the Alli Mattice Band, spooky drink specials, and a costume contest for both you and your canine companion. You can enter the contest with the Hostess upon arrival and the contest will begin promptly at 7:15p.m.

Live Music: 6+ Days A Week
Enjoy complimentary shows throughout the week at Krause’s. The lineup is subject to change and the select shows are ticketed, so check out Krause’s Café to stay up to date on all shows. Performances this coming week include:

Waller Creek Vipers (September 30) – playing from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m., their music is energetic and geared for dancers with a 20s-50s jazz style.
Chris Cuevas Project (October 1) – playing from 7p.m. – 10p.m., they are an original music band, blending blues, funk, soul, Latin, and jazz genres.
Tex Porter Band (October 2) – playing from 2p.m. – 5p.m., their music style ranges from Country, Honky-Tonk, Red Dirt, Classic Rock, and deep and rich originals.

Krause’s Café & Biergarten is a New Braunfels historic restaurant opened in 1938 and successfully ran until 1995. Today, Krause’s Café honors the previous traditions of the restaurant with the addition of a ‘Biergarten,’ live music, and more. The menu reflects New Braunfels’ German heritage as well as South Texas flavors. Over 100 beers are available on tap with local, regional, and international options. The restaurant also features cocktails and wines on tap.

Krause’s Café & Biergarten
148 S. Castell Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 625-2807

Celebrate National Taco Day at Taco Cabana

Celebrate National Taco Day at Taco Cabana with $1 tacos. Photo: Taco Cabana, used with permission.

On Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, Taco Cabana invites guests to celebrate National Taco Day with special offers available all day long at all Texas locations. Guests can enjoy their choice of Taco Cabana’s classic bean and cheese, shredded chicken, or ground beef tacos for only $1 with no limit. (Taco Cabana, 2021)

Guests 21 years of age or older can choose from a selection of $2 frozen margaritas to add to the offer. $1 tacos are available through curbside pick-up, drive-thru, in restaurant, and via mobile order through the MyTC! App.

Taco Cabana, a subsidiary of YTC Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 1978. The brand specializes in Tex-Mex-inspired food including enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, flautas, burritos, tacos, flour tortillas and a selection of made-from-scratch salsas and sauces. Restaurants feature open-display cooking, a selection of beer and tequila margaritas, patio dining, drive-thru windows, curbside pick-up, and delivery. As of August 1, 2021, Taco Cabana operates 142 company-owned restaurants in Texas.

Grant funding open to San Antonio’s food and beverage trailblazers

Grant funding is open for culinary innovation and community giveback projects. Photo: google

The San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance (SAFWA) recently announced that $17,000 in grants will be awarded this year to support culinary innovation and community giveback projects in South Texas. In its ninth year, the unique grant program has provided $441,500 in funding to Texas chefs, artisan producers, culinary nonprofits, and businesses with innovative projects that support the community. (San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance, 2021)

Grant applications will be accepted beginning Friday, October 1, through Sunday, October 24, 2021 via online submission. Grant winners will be announced and awarded at a ceremony at Fairmont Austin on December 13 and honored at a local celebration in January.

With the success of the nonprofit’s start in Austin, the organization expanded statewide last year to form the Texas Food & Wine Alliance and for the first time, will award an additional $57,000 in grants total in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

Eligible applicants for the Alliance’s one-of-a-kind grant program include farmers, artisan producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers, culinary nonprofits, businesses, and professionals whose projects and initiatives show innovation and impact to the community.

To assist prospective applicants in the grant process, there will be a virtual statewide information session via Zoom at 1p.m., Tuesday, October 12. For registration and information, email Texas Food and Wine Alliance.

San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance, one of South Texas’ most impactful culinary nonprofits, is dedicated to fostering education, awareness, and innovation in the South Texas food and wine community. The Alliance’s grant program is the first in the nation to provide funding to support culinary innovation that also gives back to the local community.

Despite the challenges Covid-19 brought to nonprofits, Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA) announced a statewide expansion in 2020, allowing it to replicate its innovative grant funding program in Texas’ major cities with a goal to help the stricken culinary communities across the state due to the pandemic. The newly formed Texas Food & Wine Alliance serves as the umbrella organization overseeing AFWA, SAFWA, the Dallas Food & Wine Alliance, and the Houston Food & Wine Alliance.

“We’re so thrilled to be able to continue with our grant program despite the setbacks inflicted by the pandemic. It’s only through amazing partnerships such as with the great support of HEB, and the generous and supportive culture in San Antonio and South Texas that we’ve been able to raise the funds to award grants this year. These funds will continue to go back into the community through unique and innovative projects.” – Cathy Cochran-Lewis, Grant Chair and Alliance President

Since 2012, Alliance grants have funded innovative local projects such as the state’s first organic apple orchard (Argus Cidery), the first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas (Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria), the state’s first locally grown and malted barley to support craft beer production (Blacklands Malt), a unique volunteer program teaching farming skills to diverse populations and culinary students (New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms), Austin’s first and only community-supported bakeshop (Miche Bread) and a Texas farm producing stress-free, free-range meat while helping wounded veterans (Snodgrass Farms).

“Being able to support and enable the dreams of so many in our community is truly a heartfelt mission for our organization. We are privileged to do this work and are inspired by the many chefs, artisan producers, bartenders, wine- and spirit-makers who have contributed to this remarkable culinary landscape for South Texas. It’s been a challenging year for our nonprofit and we’re extremely grateful to our sponsors and partners that have supported us in our mission.” – Gina Burchenal, TFWA Interim Executive Director

Each year, the TFWA board of directors determines the amount of grant funding based on the organization’s fundraising efforts from key signature events, community partnerships, and beneficiary events. The TFWA Grant Judging Committee in each city, composed of a private panel of prominent culinary professionals and community members, will award the 2021 grants based on the grant criteria, application information, and goals of each applicant. Deadline for applications is Sunday, October 24 and all applicants will be notified by Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

This year’s San Antonio grant total is boosted by three specifically funded grants:
· H-E-B Grant for $5,000, open to San Antonio area chefs, farmers, artisan producers, food-focused nonprofits, and educational groups that prioritize education, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
· Tito’s Handmade Vodka Entrepreneur Grant for $5,000 awarded to an entrepreneur who has pursued his/her business dream despite setbacks, showing that success often comes from failures, as exemplified by founder Tito Beveridge in the pursuit of his Texas-made vodka
· The Truffle Masters Grant for Community Heroes for $2,000 awarded to a chef who has overcome diversity and challenges to bring support to others during a time of crisis to help their community

Additional grant funding of $5,000 will be awarded to more generalized grant projects with special consideration given to initiatives supporting diversity and inclusion within the San Antonio community.

The Alliance continues to win tremendous community support from presenting sponsor H-E-B and key supporters ABC Bank, American Lamb Board, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Austin Monthly, Buffalo Trace, Canopy by Hilton, Con ‘Olio Oils & Vinegars, Fairmont Austin, Fever Tree, Giant Noise, Lifeworks, Pabst Brewing, Patrón Tequila, Premiere Events, Republic National Distributing Company, Siete Family Foods, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Sysco, Texas Beef Council, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Twang, Unifresh, and William Grant & Sons.

Under the Texas Food & Wine Alliance umbrella, the San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness, support, and innovation in the South Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming, and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary- and community-minded professionals, the Alliance is committed to promoting Texas food, wine, spirits, and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact.

Southerleigh Haute South celebrates first anniversary

Southerleigh Haute South is celebrating its first anniversary with birthday special. Photo: google

Southerleigh Haute South is celebrating its first anniversary on Thursday September 30 and are inviting guests to join in the celebration and enjoy a complimentary birthday cake float. This anniversary freebie will be open to guests all day, during dining hours, tomorrow at The Rim location until supplies last. (Southerleigh Haute South, 2021)

Throughout the month, guests can also enjoy Haute South’s Happy Hour specials, Monday through Friday, from 3p.m. to 6p.m.

Awarded the 2021 Best New Restaurant at the Culturemap Tastemaker Awards, Southerleigh Haute South offers an approachable atmosphere and memorable experience. In September 2020, Southerleigh Haute South became a part of Southerleigh Hospitality Group and opened its doors to the public. Inspired by Balfour’s Galveston upbringing, Southerleigh Haute South is a fast casual dining experience, with a twist on Gulf Coast-inspired southern comfort food. 

Southerleigh Haute South
5822 Worth Parkway Suite 112
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 236-8556

Southerleigh Haute South. Photo: google

Taste of the Dominion 2021 to benefit San Antonio Food Bank

Taste of the Dominion 2021 will take place October 7, 2021. Photo: google

After a one year hiatus, Taste of the Dominion, San Antonio’s favorite restaurant tasting, returns on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Sponsored and held annually at the exclusive Dominion Country Club, the event features more than 20 restaurants, alcohol tastings, and a silent auction – all benefitting the San Antonio Food Bank. (San Antonio Food Bank, 2021)

The event is a largely-outdoor event and is one of the few times non-members can visit the Club. Tickets for the event are going fast and available for $50 each.

Silent auction highlights include:
· 5 days in a luxury 3-bedroom condominium in Beaver Creek, CO starting at $2,400
· Private wine class for 20 at Total Wines starting at $500
· Whataburger mixed basket with custom sneakers starting at $750
· Private dinner for 10 at Carrabba’s starting at $500
· A Night on the Town in Gruene (4) Gift Certificate Bundle: (Appetizers for 4 at Cantina Del Rio,
Appetizers for 4 at Mozie’s, Dinner for 4 at the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, Admission for 4 to Gruene Hall, a $25 Gift Certificate from The Grapevine, and a $60 Gift Certificate from Cotton Eyed Joe’s.) starting at $295

Parking for guests is conveniently located next to the Dominion Country Club at Raymond Russell Park (free shuttle). Tickets will sell out so get yours soon.

Dominion Country Club
1 Dominion Drive
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 698-3364

The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to over 530 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long‐term food security.

Celebrity chef David Ruggerio releases new cookbook: ‘A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn’

Releasing this October 12, ‘A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn’ features irresistible family Italian dishes, all delivered with a brazen Brooklyn accent. Photo: amazon

David Ruggerio is a well-known celebrity chef and restaurant owner in New York City. He was honored in 1995 by noted vintner Robert Mondavi as one of the thirteen best young chefs in America. He went on to star in his own popular PBS cooking series, Little Italy with David Ruggerio, and later starred in his own iconic series on Food Network, Ruggerio to Go. David has written two acclaimed cookbooks, both published by Artisan Books, “Little Italy with David Ruggerio” and “David Ruggerio’s Italian Kitchen.” He returns with a new cookbook, “A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn,” to release be October 12. The book is a mouth-watering invitation to all gourmet food-lovers to enter his Brooklyn kitchen and explore the Italian-American cuisine he knows, grew up with, and adores. (David Ruggerio, 2021)

“A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn” includes 135 delicious recipes, illustrated with of luscious pictures that will inspire and help the readers to awaken the Super Chef within. With a bite of Involtini of Eggplant, a taste of Octopus in Warm Vinaigrette, a forkful of Carbonara of Artichoke, a morsel of Gnocchi all’Amatriciana, or a mouthful of Panna Cotta of Orange, Caramel and Figs, they will discover what makes the Italian-American fare of Brooklyn unique and delicious. This humble cuisine reflects a beautiful story of triumph and hardship, one forever rich in humanity and heritage.

Ruggerio’s new cookbook has already received praise from food critics. The New York Times’ Bryan Miller says, “David Ruggiero has crafted an outstanding book: an evocatively written memoir of a special time and place that nurtured his rise to culinary fame, and a compilation of irresistible family Italian dishes, many with a brazen Brooklyn accent.”

After 35 years of cooking, David Ruggerio’s passion for creating dishes and improving his culinary craft has only grown. “A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn” is available in hardcover, and is a must-have on the shelves of those who love cooking.

“A Tomato Grows in Brooklyn” is available for pre-order on amazon.

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1949534207
Hardcover Price: $18.95
Length: 252 pages
Publisher: Black Rose Writing



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Kineapple at Pearl’s food hall now open

Kineapple, a new smoothie concept, is now open at Pearl’s Bottling Department. Photo: Kineapple, used with permission.

Pearl is excited to announce the latest restaurant at the Bottling Department – Kineapple – a concept by Robby and Neesha Grubbs, the duo behind Local Coffee Founders, also originating at Pearl. The new concept is now open to the public. Kineapple offers a variety of fresh smoothies, healthy snacks, salads, coffee, and more. (Kineapple, 2021)

The team behind Kineapple wanted to create an ingredient-driven menu that is easy for customers to navigate. The menu is designed to make healthy eating accessible and delicious. Kineapple is committed to sourcing the best ingredients for its patrons, who can expect to see smoothies made with different modifiers like plant based protein, whey isolate, creatine, turmeric, collagen, blue majik, cold brew shot, and more. Guests can also pick up a Crunchy Kale Salad, Free Range Chicken Salad Sandwich, Kineapple Farm Bowl, Golden Overnight Oats, In-house Protein Bar, and more. In addition to smoothies and snacks, Kineapple also offers coffee from a rotating list of curated specialty coffee roasters.

Kineapple, whose tagline is “Leave Feeling Better,” is a concept that is near and dear to its founders’ hearts in more ways than one. The name pays homage to Robby and Neesha’s youngest son, who struggled to say “pineapple” as a child and instead pronounced the name of the fruit with a K instead of a P. The founders wanted the concept to incorporate a pineapple, but wanted it to feel personal and organic, so Kineapple felt like the perfect name for this venture.

“Kineapple is something that we’re looking forward to bringing to Pearl. We wanted to be able to bring high quality, healthy ingredients to the table without sacrificing taste and that’s what we’ve done here.” – Co-Founder Robby Grubbs

“Neesha and Robby are wonderful operators – innovative, engaged, and talented. We are thrilled their newest concept is coming to the Food Hall.” –  Pearl’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso.

Kineapple’s hours of operation are 11a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Friday and 9a.m. to 8p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The new concept is in the space formerly occupied by Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, located at 312 Pearl Pkwy Building 6, San Antonio, TX 78215.

Pearl is a dynamic neighborhood built around the historic Pearl Brewery, which operated from 1883 to 1999. Located just north of downtown San Antonio on the banks of the San Antonio River, it is home to architecturally significant buildings like the brewhouse and stable—both built in 1894—and numerous plazas. Today, Pearl is home to dozens of unique culinary concepts, one-of-a-kind retail, weekend markets, residential communities, innovative office tenants, the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institute of America, and the award-winning Hotel Emma. Pearl is a vibrant district where community gathers to play, work, and live; it is a place where things are made and celebrated with purpose and sincerity. We invite all to gather and experience the best of what San Antonio has to offer.

Book review: ‘Recovery from Lyme Disease’ by Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD

‘Recovery from Lyme Disease’ by Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD. Photo: amazon

Daniel Kinderlehrer, M.D. is a nationally recognized physician with expertise in the fields of nutrition, allergy, environmental medicine, Lyme disease, and the healing of mind-body-spirit as a unified whole. He co-founded The New England Center for Holistic Medicine in Newbury, Massachusetts, and has taught extensively, including practitioner training courses at the Omega Institute, The National Institute of Behavioral Medicine, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He created and organized the Lyme Fundamentals course which is presented annually at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases conferences. He is the author of several review articles in medical journals and the Lyme Times. His integrated medical practice in Denver, Colorado, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne disease. His new book “Recovery from Lyme Disease: The Integrative Medicine Guide to Diagnosing and Treating Tick-Borne Illness” is an in-depth guide through the many details of tick-borne illnesses.

“Recovery from Lyme Disease” begins with a Foreword by Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., MD that summarizes what this book is all about: “It covers just about everything-the infections, diagnostic tests, treatments, and yes, the all-important terrain.” In the Preface, Dr. Kinderlehrer explains his background and how he came to specialize in infectious diseases. His career began when he opened a practiced called “Nutrition and Preventative Medicine” and thought he would mainly see patients who were struggling to control their blood pressure and other similar sicknesses, but instead, he saw people who “had fallen through the cracks” and were seeking relief from chronic illnesses like migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. He was able to help some of them by dealing with food insensitivities, digestive issues, and nutritional supplementation but there were still some patients who were not improving. As he started to expand his knowledge of infectious diseases, he was able to help more of his patients but admits there will always be unanswered questions and problems that will continue to evade him.

In the Introduction he writes about his defining moment when he contracted Lyme disease. Not only did he learn more about the disease, which helped him recover, but he also gained the empathy needed to help and understand patients who are in similar situations. His practice is now solely limited to treating people with tick-borne infections and by writing this book, he hopes it will help both physicians and patients address the issue of Lyme disease. The book is divided into five sections: Section One: Anatomy Lessons, Section Two: Meet the Bugs, Section Three: It’s All connected, Section Four: What Else?, Section Five: Last Thoughts. The appendixes include A. Lyme Disease Complex: Anatomy of an Illness, B. Symptom Check-off List, C. Initial Laboratory Testing on Most New Patients, D. Guidelines for Patients Taking Disulfiram, and E. Resources.

No doubt there are many books out there with information about combating Lyme Disease but what makes “Recovery from Lyme Disease” unique is that the author has first hand experience with the disease. The fact that Daniel A Kinderlehrer knows what it is like to feel sick and not being able to find relief makes him come across as both compassionate and knowledgeable as a physician. The amount of information it contains is admirable as it explains everything from the pathogens that make people sick to the known treatments that can help. Considering the topic, the language is easy to understand and follow and the chapters are short and to the point. There is a “Take-Home Points” section at the end of some chapters that summarizes the points he just covered. Highlights include Chapter 23: Alternative Treatments that lists lesser known treatments like oxidative therapies and hydrogen peroxide and Chapter 24: Frequently Asked Questions that serves as a quick tutorial. “Recovery from Lyme Disease” is an excellent and thorough reference guide about Lyme Disease. It is recommended for readers looking for more information on what may be making them sick as well as those who appreciate learning about medicine and illnesses.

“The intention of this book is to give a working knowledge of how to diagnose and treat Lyme and its co-conspirators that have made a home in blacklegged ticks (a.k.a deer ticks) across the United States.”

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.

Rating: 4 out of 5.