Monday, September 16, 2013

Food -- I've been cooking again..., just thought I'd post some of the things I've happened upon on food lately.  First, a book: In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan.  Years ago when I was active in La Leche League, our guideline, "Eat a variety of food in as close to its natural state as possible," along with the LLL cookbooks (most notably Whole Foods for the Whole Family) helped me to gradually change and improve my diet and the diet of my family.  I was surprised and delighted to read Michael Pollan's three guidelines:  "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."  As he fleshed out these ideas, it appeared that his guidelines mesh very nicely with the LLL ideas about food.  I highly recommend both books!

One other book that I want to give a plug to is Veggie Revolution, by Sally Kneidel and Sarah Kate Kneidel.  This is a book about (among other things) how to move from the "normal" American diet to a diet that is healthier and more plant-based, and gives both the why and the how-to in excellent prose and photos as well as delicious recipes.  (I actually wrote a review of the book when it first came out; you can read it here.)  Sally and Sarah also write a wonderful blog by the same name.

Another website I came across tonight:  100 Days of Real Food.   Hmmm... I had to move all the way to California to find a website about a family who live in... Charlotte, NC!  Looks like a good one, from what little I've seen.  I'm making quiche tomorrow and they had some ideas I am going to use (though I made the crust from a different recipe.)  Since my cookbooks are almost all in storage, I have been using the web to find recipes, and especially the proportions of what is in things that I already know how to make, like quiche and pie crust.

This is it for now, but I hope to add more, and I welcome comments from my readers (if I still have any!) with suggestions for more books and websites about cooking real food.   I do have the comments moderated, but if you comment I will try to get your comment posted within a day or so.