Ricciotti, Hope 1963–

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Ricciotti, Hope 1963–

PERSONAL: Born March 19, 1963, in Huntington, NY; daughter of Joseph (a principal) and Claire (a teacher) Ricciotti; married Vincent Connelly (a chef and food writer), 1990; children: Joseph, Leo. Ethnicity: "Italian American." Education: Graduate of Brown University, 1985; Dartmouth College, M.D., 1990.

ADDRESSES: Office—330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

CAREER: Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and director of education committee for Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology; member of Lluminari Expert Health Network.

WRITINGS:

WITH HUSBAND, VINCENT CONNELLY

The Pregnancy Cookbook, W. W. Norton and Co. (New York, NY), 1996.

The Menopause Cookbook: How to Eat Now and for the Rest of Your Life, W. W. Norton and Co. (New York, NY), 2000.

The Breast Cancer Prevention Cookbook, W. W. Norton and Co. (New York, NY), 2002.

The Healthy Family Cookbook, W. W. Norton and Co. (New York, NY), 2004.

SIDELIGHTS: Hope Ricciotti told CA: "My writing career began with my first pregnancy. Suddenly, despite being an obstetrician, I did not know what to eat. I turned to my husband, Vince, who is a chef specializing in healthy cooking. Together we devised recipes that appealed to my altered palate, yet also provided the nutrients for a healthy pregnancy. It was so much fun that we decided to write a book, The Pregnancy Cookbook.

"Since that time we have produced several more health-oriented cookbooks. We take great pride in bridging the gap between scientific evidence and the public. All of our books are based on the latest scientific evidence, not on fads. The recipes are easy, simple, and delicious: we want the whole family to eat together.

"Our goal is to change the way we eat and live, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, while preserving the art of cooking at home from fresh ingredients."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, February 15, 1996, Barbara Jacobs, review of The Pregnancy Cookbook, p. 977.

Publishers Weekly, December 20, 1999, review of The Menopause Cookbook: How to Eat Now and for the Rest of Your Life, p. 76.

ONLINE

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Web site, http://www.bidmc.harvard.edu/obgyn/ (July 26, 2004), "Hope Ricciotti."

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