The Garden of Eating Cookbook Review
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"This nutrition/cookbook works equally well for someone converting to a produce-dominated diet, or one who already maintains an omnivorous, whole foods diet and wants creative recipes and meal plans. The extensive Principles & Practice section guides readers through food facts and history, highlighting why our bodies are geared toward "gut-friendly" foods: meats, fats, fruits and vegetables. In such a dense book, overviews at the opening of each chapter are helpful, as are the tables and charts throughout. Many of the interesting food facts come in the form of tables, such as the change in U.S. dietary fats during the twentieth century. The chapter entitled Tools of the Trade is a fantastic cheat sheet for Albert and Matesz's list of essential kitchen tools, which they say can make the difference between a good and great recipe. There's also a handy appendix for locating unusual and hard-to-find food and herbs. Those who pick up this book for the recipes won't be disappointed - there's over 250 family-friendly recipes, 40 special occasion menus, 4-week sample menus, and prep lists. While recipe photos would have been a great addition, it's an understandable omission, seeing how large this book is."
"With a clever title that grabs your attention right away, The Garden of Eating cookbook goes beyond just listing recipes and how to cook. This is a fantastic book filled with nutritional values and facts about food. It’s perfect for those who love cooking with produce or who maintain their own gardens. The cookbook is loaded with interesting details about the history of diseases and health from primitive times versus the modern world. The first chapter really digs in and explores how the more “primitive” way of living actually promoted a healthier lifestyle, despite the lack of technology we see today. I found it fascinating to read from a history standpoint, it’s also eye opening once again as to what we do and put into our bodies today. Anyone who’s interested in really learning about how to live and eat healthier will love this book. It’s especially interesting to those who are history buffs and want reasons why, not just being told to do something or how to cook something. As for the recipes, there are a plethora of amazing recipes all including nutritional values, which are unique but are almost getting back to the basics when it comes to food. I think this book would be especially interesting to vegetarians, nutritionists, organic enthusiasts and those who are fascinated by what we eat."
"The Garden of Eating: A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook by Rachel Albert & Don Matesz is way more than just a cookbook, as it is the most thorough healthy lifestyle primer you might ever come across. Think of this book as a food history lesson, a nutrition guide and a cookbook all rolled up into one. The book is incredibly detailed on everything related to human nutrition, delving into the history of the human diet. A key strength for this book is that it not only tells you what you should be eating, but also with plenty of information on why you should be eating certain food items and recipes. All the recipes contained in this cookbook have detailed nutrition information, and each one is incredibly easy to understand. In terms of the recipes contained inside, there's a dazzling array of variation that caters to every cooking style and taste. Everyone should be able to find a recipe they like in this cookbook, as there are just so many to choose from. Plus, this thorough book even includes food organization tips, kitchen prep skills, cooking equipment know-how and purchasing advise. The Garden of Eating is really a comprehensive all-in-one guide for anyone who needs guidance navigating the world of healthy eating."
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