A Good Read:
Eating Between the Lines
The Supermarket Shopper’s Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels
by Kimberly Lord Stewart
I’m very fortunate to have met Kimberly Lord Stewart but I really wish I’d had access to her research when my children were first born. Thankfully I have it now. In her book, Eating Between the Lines, this award-winning food journalist takes us on a deciphering mission through the world of food labels and their accompanying politics.
Her no nonsense approach to the grocery store coupled with her elegant prose has produced a reference guide that you’ll want to have close by when creating weekly menus, routine grocery shopping lists or when you simply want to know more.
One of the best features of this book is Stewart’s organization around food topics. Hungry for fish? Read the chapter about the real differences between farm-raised and wild and what interest groups are involved on each side of the equation. Got milk? Follow Stewart through the Dairy Daze and learn how much of the organic milk debate is driven by water politics. And break up some preconceptions as I was surprised to find out that there are only four large-scale farms in the US organic dairy industry.
Other chapters in this book cover eggs, chicken labeling, grains, oils, coffee and tea and more. While I enjoyed the thorough research throughout, I believe the best way to tackle this book is in segments and according to shopping need. Further, the addendum provides a terrific section of shopping aides that can be cut out and used for easy recall as one meanders down the grocery aisle.
Want to hear more from this terrific food journalist? Check out her blog here.
Good Food Blogs:
Have carrots in your CSA this weekend? Hope on over to the see the recipes of the celebrated Pastry Chef Letty Flatt and try a new twist with Carrot Macaroons.
My grandmother called this evening and raved about the bumper crop of apples that was occurring in my native Colorado. Across the globe, Charlie Louie has a way of toffeeing them that will work particularly well for Halloween.
Should you have a few red peppers to use up, Melissa over at One Messy Kitchen has created a gorgeous pasta dish – now if only our desert temps would cool down to be able to enjoy it!
In Other Food News:
From NPR.org – Does Your Gas Tank Hold Enough Food to Feed 22 People? According to some researchers in New England, the number is actually 22.9 people but there are a few caveats. One, for example, is that if it didn’t go to energy, it would likely be found in a cow’s belly. Should as much food get burned as fuel? You decide.
Foodista has released the dates of the 2013 International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, WA.
Although U.S. meat consumption is down, a new report warns that unless a vegetarian diet becomes the norm, real food shortages are in store for much of our world.
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Have a great weekend!