Hello gourmets and gourmands! Today I'll be sharing a list of books that I have come across in the last few weeks that have piqued my interest, all centering around the theme of how to eat better on several levels.
1. The Jungle Effect, by Daphne Miller, M.D. A good friend recommended this book, whose cover explains how "A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why they Work and How to Bring Them Home." This book is one of many that explores eating for your region, your ancestry, your body and your geographic location. It discusses the history of diets and eating around the world, with an emphasis on how ill-equipped many of us are to handle the so-called "Western Diet."
2. Food Rules, by Michael Pollan. Pollan is perhaps the most well-known food expert in the world, having written several best-selling manuals on how to simplify the diet and eat in a healthy, sustainable way. Pollan is concerned with a holistic solution to the eating problem we face in the US. If we fix how we eat, we fix our health problems, we save money and we save the environment. It all works together.
3. The Flavor Bible. Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg traveled the country getting advice for this book which teaches food lovers how to develop an intuitive sense for cooking, answering questions like which flavors go where? What pairs well with what? How to strike a balance between textures, temperatures and tastes?
Can't wait to get started on these over the long New Years weekend. What books have you come across that inspired you this year?