David Joachim & Rochelle Davis
Rodale, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n his Foreword, Peter Hoffman (Chef/Owner of the Savoy) tells us that '
choosing good food is the first step toward good cooking
', and recommends buying locally as well as seasonally. The authors offer to help the reader '
' decisions about food choices, via healthy alternatives to
foods, when the latter are unavailable or too expensive. Interspersed with the recipes are explanations of US government policies that affect food choices, and profiles of people, like Raffi, who work to ensure the availability of safer food. In '
From Farm to Fork
', the authors give us an overview of the history of industrial food production, and in particular the use of agricultural pesticides, contamination by PCBs, and children's vulnerability to toxins in food.
ext come the recipes. With summer on the horizon,
makes a good starting place.
(with cucumber, bell peppers and fresh mint) caught my eye, as did
Grilled Fruit Wraps with Gingered Yogurt Dip
Broiled Figs with Goat Cheese and Basil
- yumm! The
section tells us what's in season by month, and has
Hot Greens with Ginger, Soy and Sesame
Mesclun Salad with Pears and Apricot Balsamic Vinaigrette
, and much more. In
Fish and Shellfish
, I fancy
Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon and Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Chicken and Turkey
? Serve me
Sautéed Chicken with Sage and Gingered Plums
Turkey, Gruyere, and Watercress Wraps
Beef and Pork
, I've always loved
Grilled Beef Satay
, and like the sound of
Pork Medallions with Plum Port Sauce
. Though we've cut down on
Milk, Cheese, and Eggs
, in order to reduce cholesterol, I'm tempted by
Sausage and Red Pepper Frittata
, and must try
Orange Walnut Meringues
. Genetically modified foods are discussed under
Beans, Nuts, and Grains
whose enticing recipes include
Lentil Dal with Potatoes, Tomatoes and Spinach
(Dal is an old favorite of mine from travelling days),
Black Bean and Goat Cheese Burritos
. Finally, in
Wheat Flour, Bread and Pasta
, we find
Thai Fettucine Primavera
Lemon Herb Cornmeal Cake with Macerated Berries
, amongst many more mouthwatering choices.
his book offers an empowering mix of recipes and environmental information. The authors recommend use of
foods, but also tell us that we can reduce pesticide exposure by our choices of fruit and vegetables - for example, conventionally grown blueberries are naturally lower in pesticide residues than strawberries and apples. There's a section at the back on (mostly U.S., some Canadian) '
Ecofriendly Food Sources
' and references for further reading. I highly recommend
to anyone interested in better understanding environmental impacts on the food we eat, and in making healthier food choices for themselves and their families.
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