A Good Read:
Forks Over Knives
The How-To Companion
Edited by Gene Stone
Let me begin by saying that this book is correctly labeled a companion because if you have not seen the film, Forks Over Knives, then I think it might appear shallow and wanting. I however, have seen the film and my memory not being what it once was, I appreciated the mini-refresher on the arguments for a plant-based diet.
This short primer contains vignettes and interviews highlighting the thoughts of several who have transitioned to plant-based foods and the physicians who promote the research behind the movement. The book includes useful tips for converting to this way of eating including a list of essential kitchen tools and over 125 recipes. If you’ve made the transition, it’s unlikely you will learn a lot more but if you have a friend who was originally moved by the movie, this book would be a useful tool to use along their journey to health.
Good Food Blogs:
Living in the desert means that the green deluge has begun. Our farms are flourishing with greens; kale, chard, lettuces, mustard, mizuna and root vegetables with leafy green tops. From one of the most beautiful food blogs out there, check out this kale rice bowl.
Some greens have a strong taste and mustard is one of them. I prefer to cook them with other things so that I still get the nutrition but mask their snarky tang. A Homemaking has done just that with this tempting recipe for blackbean and squash enchiladas. These will definitely find their way to our table in the near future.
Of course, if you can’t be bothered to cook greens, there is a growing phenomena to throw them into the blender. Our vitamix probably sees a lot more of them that the skillet does and I have grown to call this my breakfast of choice. Check out one of Kate’s recipes at Hustle + Glow.
In Other Food News:
Can you name a Surgeon General? I remember Everett Koop and more recently Richard Carmona, but the latter only because he ran in a local congressional race. Really after those two names, I have no idea and as Mark Bittner points out, that’s a shame when this really is the person responsible for our nation’s health. Her name is Regina Benjamin and Bittner and others are calling for her to step it up.
Lately it’s hard to scan for any of my favorite food topics; policy, security, advocacy, etc. without reading about horse meat. For me, the issue really highlights two of the main issues in food today; the constant drive for cheap food and deception in labeling. Here’s a link where you can learn more if you are so inclined.
“Why in the world would anybody spend any money to try to improve the seed if as soon as they sold the first one anybody could grow more and have as many of those seeds as they want?” Chief Justice John Roberts said. This comment is being described as a signal of support to food giant Monsanto in the legal battle that persists over seed saving. The company is battling Vernon Hugh Bowman, an Indiana farmer.
Finally, here in our home, it’s a busy weekend of football, baseball and soccer. We have theatre conservatory and a hospital benefit and I have an enormous amount of CSA produce to work through in order to get the fridge back under control. Stay tuned to see what’s coming.
What are you reading this weekend?