Smart Mama's Green Guide: Review

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Posted by Dina N

A few weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for Smart Mama's Green Guide by Jennifer Taggart. Even though the book just came out today, earlier this month I was fortunate to receive a review copy from Hachette Book Group. I could not wait to read it - and boy, am I glad I did!

I like to think that I am an educated consumer, a person who knows about pesticides, lead, and organics, and a parent who closely follows the endless product recall announcements. However, if I am still learning the alphabet of environmental risks, then the author of Smart Mama's Green Guide holds a master's degree!

Jennifer Haggart, who practices environmental law, has written a book any parent should read. Scratch that - anyone who is concerned about their exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental hazards should read it! Children are certainly at a higher risk compared to adults because young ones are still growing - and because their bodies are just smaller. As far as environmental risks go, I think that everything in this book applies to adults, as well. If you want to learn how to limit your exposure and take some simple steps towards controlling what toxic chemicals affect your body, you will find Smart Mama's Green Guide very useful.

In recent years, I have become increasingly concerned about what we eat, wear, and clean with. Jennifer Taggart has put together a remarkable amount of information in her 200-some page book. Amazingly, she has managed to make it all easy to understand! Jennifer covers it all: from whole house issues to lead contamination to the kitchen, then food and beverages, baby's nursery, the playroom, bathroom, cleaning agents, pesticides, and even what questions a smart mama needs to ask daycare providers. I like her approach - to translate complicated, overwhelming, and often confusing knowledge into straightforward, easy to follow advice, while keeping her sense of humor. In every chapter, there are Smart Mama tips, warnings, and scary facts that highlight important points.

Overall, I found this book very informative, sometimes eye-opening, and a bit scary - in a good way. I highly recommend that you read it. Stay tuned to find out who won a copy at my blog! If you did not win - head over to your local bookseller and buy Smart Mama's Green Guide. You can also check out Jennifer's website, or find her on twitter (@thesmartmama).


  1. Jennifer Taggart, TheSmartMama said...

    What a great review! Thank you. Let me know if you want to do a Q&A for your readers!

  2. Susan said...

    Excellent review. I think people are becoming much more aware of toxins. They are everywhere. I know the pesticides are still in the food even when washed. I wonder about using chemicals to clean my bathroom. I keep it to a minimum. Yes, it can be a scary topic. What are we doing to this planet? Unfortunately, making it as "filthy" as possible.

    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com

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