Books reviews on cookbooks, chefs, and pop culture related food literature.
Poetry, open fire cooking and staying local
Climate change can seem too big for each and everyone one of us to tackle and “the scale of the problem can leave people feeling helpless and confused,” says Gill Meller in the foodi`e podcast Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith.
BOOK REVIEW: THE BIG FAT SURPRISE, WHY BUTTER MEAT AND CHEESE BELONG IN A HEALTHY DIET BY NINA TEICHOLZ
This is a remarkably well-researched story of how America learned to fear saturated fat and why that may have been the most tragic mistake our medical profession ever made. Teicholz spent 9 years going back and doing fresh analysis on the studies that were used to justify the Diet Heart hypothesis that started with researcher Ancel Keys and an elite group of doctors and researchers who still control the government agencies that set dietary policy used in all of our institutions – homes for the elderly, assisted living facilities, prisons, hospitals, school lunch programs and more. The problem is that the actual data never supported the concept of a low fat diet, and the data they did have was based largely on studies of middle aged men at risk for heart disease. Wanting to extend the benefits to the rest of the population, they included women and children in those recommendations. Unfortunately, what the data actually shows is that the low fat diet is harmful to children, causing stunted growth and failure to thrive, and it is also unhealthy for women, who need dietary fat for many reasons including reproduction.
'Breakfast at the Wolseley'
What have writers said about breakfast? “Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.”—Francis Bacon “Why, sometimes I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.”—Lewis Carroll
10 Paleo Cookbooks for Beginners
Recently, I have started my way into the paleo diet, and I’m not going to lie, it’s something of a struggle. It’s hard to realize how much of your diet is grain-based until you actually cut grains out. When you add in the elimination of sugar and legumes, you have a recipe for dieting disaster—or do you?
10 Retro Cookbooks You Can Still Buy
I swear, I might have been a 1950s housewife in a past life! I'm totally fascinated with what life was like in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. More specifically, I'm enamored with learning what running a home was like in those days. It just seemed like people had a simpler life back then, and that people were just more resourceful back in the day.
10 Cookbooks with Historic Recipes You Can Make Yourself
Do you have a friend who enjoys Civil War reenactments, or yearns to take a historic tour through the Tower of London? If you have a history buff as a friend, then you already know that history buffs really, truly long to live in another time.
The 11 Best Gluten Free Cookbooks
Being gluten free isn't a choice for many of us; it's a life sentence that we really cannot escape. Gluten is a wheat product most people take for granted when they eat. It's everywhere, and yet, some of us just can't have it in our food without serious consequences.
Jay Rayner—'Wasted Calories and Ruined Nights'
For those of you reading this from beyond the shores of the UK who are not familiar with the name ‘Jay Rayner,’ he is one of our most prominent and recognisable food critics. He writes a weekly restaurant review in The Observer, is a guest judge on Master Chef on the BBC and hosts a regular programme called the Kitchen Cabinet on BBC Radio 4.
The 12 Best Cookbooks for Busy Couples
It's incredibly hard to make time to cook when you both work full time. Whether you just moved into together or you've been living together for what feels like a century, cooking on weeknights is always a battle. Unfortunately, it's one that doesn't get easier with time.
Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners
Vegetarians are people who should be getting a lot more praise than they typically get. It takes a special type of person to choose to stop eating meat—and not just for Meatless Mondays, either.
Best Betty Crocker Cookbooks of All Time
There's a nostalgic element to the fictional character and brand of Betty Crocker. When you hear Betty Crocker, the first things that typically come to mind are the delicious recipes from your youth. Personally, I can't get over her cake and brownie mixes. We would make them during our slumber parties in elementary school. The best part is that the best Betty Crocker cookbooks can be pulled out at any time when you're in the mood to whip up an old memory and share it with loved ones.
Best Paleo Cookbooks for Your Diet
The paleo diet is based upon what our ancestors would have eaten in the Paleolithic era. Some people refer to it as the caveman diet, but it's more than that. Anyone looking to participate in the paleo lifestyle is probably looking for a diet that is free from the processed foods and saturated fats that seem to dominate much of today’s traditional diet. Those of you looking to eat this way will find there are plenty of paleo cookbooks that will give you the best paleo recipes you've ever tasted that you can buy on Amazon.