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I’m An Author!

So, remember that time I did a photoshoot because I need a professional photo for a top secret project that I was working on? Well, as it turns out, the reason that I needed that photo was for the author bio page of the textbook I’ve been working on!

Essentials of Nutrition: A Functional Approach, by Zimmerman and Snow is a textbook for nutrition courses for non-majors. It presents the science of nutrition in an accessible way, so that it can be understood even if you don’t have an extensive background in biology and chemistry. We’ve structured the book so that it focuses on nutrients in relation to their main physiological functions rather than just going through a chapter on each nutrient. For example, we have chapters on the nutrients important to bone health, and another on nutrients important to fluid balance. Putting the information into context should make the material easier to retain.

The other really exciting thing about my textbook – I mean, in addition to OMG I HAVE A TEXTBOOK! – is the business model of our publisher, Flat World Knowledge. This screenshot I’ve taken from Flat World’s website does a pretty good job of explaining it:

Flat World Knowledge

I shudder to think how much I’ve spent on textbooks over my years as a student1. And as an educator, I’ve struggled with finding textbooks that weren’t quite what I wanted. Flat World’s model of affordable textbooks that are customizable by instructors is really something that I can appreciate.

If you’ve been looking around for a great resource on nutrition – and you know you have – you should totally buy a copy2 today!

  1. I’m on year 12 of postsecondary education, and though I probably didn’t buy any textbooks after about my first year of my PhD until I started my MBA, I’ve paid a tonne in the past year and my undergrad years saw me dropping thousands on books. []
  2. Or seven. []

5 Responses to I’m An Author!

  1. Jen B says:

    Congrats Beth! What an incredible accomplishment!!

  2. Lynn Griffin says:

    Kudos to you Beth!
    I am so proud for you – you amaze me with your talents.

  3. Dan says:

    I totally want a copy – but I want it signed by the author of course 🙂

  4. Danielle Billey says:

    Oh my gosh Bethy! You did it! I must have a copy! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to read it!
    (It MUST be better than my ASPEN book!)
    I hope to see you in the New Year!
    D

  5. eileen nixon says:

    hey congrats…..you are way too smart,,,love the book cover……….i want you to write a book on the nutrition value of junk food ….chips, candies etc…..there must be some nutrition value in them…..lol

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