Dear Prudence

The “Mom’s Food Issues” Edition

My mother has long complained about my weight. But now she’s sick, and I have to take care of her. Help!

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Episode Notes

Prudence is joined this week by Julia Turshen, the author of the critically acclaimed cookbooks Now & Again, Feed the Resistance, and Small Victories. Her new cookbook, Simply Julia, was released this month. She’s also the host of the podcast Keep Calm and Cook On.

Prudie and Turshen dig into letters about what to consider with a daughter who you fear smokes and eats too much, how to handle an ailing mom who makes you feel bad about your weight, how to get colleagues to stop addressing you as “dear,” and what to do when you find it distasteful that your sister is giving nonprofessional advice on the internet.

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Production by Phil Surkis.

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