Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


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What is it about?

This is not the happy book I was looking for in my last post, but it is a beautiful, well written, true story of a young neurosurgeon who has lung cancer. All of his studies and medical practice were an attempt to study the meaning of life and death. He approached this through literature, through being a doctor, and lastly and unfortunately as a patient.

Was it good?

This was written by a really smart guy with a huge vocabulary, which sometimes (especially with the medical descriptions) makes him hard to understand. For example, “Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state.” I think this means he has come to terms with the fact that he is dying, but I’m not entirely sure he doesn’t mean something else.

Despite this, the book is very engaging. I found myself very emotionally on edge throughout the whole book. Not only because of a fear that this could happen to someone who I know, but also because this book made me care about Paul. I was rooting for him and felt sad reading about his and his family’s suffering.

I think this was a very good, albeit sad, book.

Recipe: Baked Quesadilla

For the last few weeks I have been feeling very cold and tired. And rather than going to the doctor or going on WebMD like a normal person, I am self diagnosing my mildly hypochondriac self with mild Anemia. I had this when I was pregnant and all I know is that it means I am low on iron and I feel cold easier. My answer is to increase my iron intake which (again, without research) I believe is in steak and spinach.

Steak is expensive, so I’m trying to eat more spinach.

Here is a simple and easy recipe using spinach. Normally I cook quesadillas (plain cheese, or with a sprinkle of sandwich meat) in a skillet. I do this frequently because my kids love them. The skillet method is much quicker than baking, but the benefit of baking is that it is hands off and leaves you free to deal with your screaming children/dogs/cats/hamsters.



Grated Cheese – Mexican Style, Mozzarella, or both.


(The second quesadilla I made for my kids had Salami – that was also tasty)

2017-05-16_15-06-03_762The Process

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2017-05-16_15-21-51_839
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Sprinkle cheese on tortillas
  4. Tear up clean spinach leaves and cover the whole tortilla
  5. Add more cheese
  6. Close the Quesadilla by placing another tortilla on top
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tortillas start getting nice and crispy and everything smells delicious.

Happy Eating!