Food Matters... Or does it???
Apr. 8, 2009 3:01 pm
Updated: Apr. 14, 2009 8:51 am
Recently my husband borrowed a book from the library called FOOD MATTERS by Mark Bittman (http://www.amazon.ca/Food-Matters-Conscious-Eating-Recipes/dp/1416575642).<
With my recent health issues, he wanted to investigate further into the entire WHOLE FOODS trend.
After MUCH discussion we decided to try this way of eating cold turkey using the recipes in the book.
I am not the greatest cook because unlike most people I NEVER follow a recipe word for word. I love to play, so unless I am trying something REALLY new or difficult, lets just say I am one to experiment and make the recipe more match what my family likes. (Yes, I am one of the people who give a recipe a high grade, although I have changed things). This philosophy comes from my belief that if a recipe is truly good it is flexible and I can never follow a pattern (too boring).
Well, I will say I love how Mark Bittman writes his cook books. ALL his recipes start with a basic and then end with up to 10 suggestions of how to alter it to suit what you have, want, or like. He teaches the basics followed by slight increases in difficulty to intermediate.
Much to my surprise he has about 10 cookbooks out there... Including HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING VEGETARIAN, and they are all as simple and well laid out as this most recent book. The problem is all you need is the most recent book because once you know the basics you can make the changes yourself. So really I didn't really need to investigate the other books, and in the end I came back to ALLRECIPES again, because I got more ideas from this site than his books, I used his titles or ingredients or instructions as a starting point and then the variations on ALLRECIPES to figure out in the end what I wanted to make.
As for the rest of the book, I didn't even read it.. My husband loved it, but not many of us can afford to be as descriminate about our eating habits while in this recession. Also, he would say things about foods that as a person with a FOOD SCIENCE degree, I had to disagree with.. I.E. that probiotics in yogurt are not good because they are just another industrial additive. Where I know some great yogurts out there made very naturally with minimal carbon foot prints.
If you want to learn some new techniques or change your diet to a whole foods diet the recipes in this book are an excellent starting point. Just remember they are only a place to start, make them your own, and the transition away from meat and to a more healthy primarily whole food vegetarian diet (which by the way, actually does cost less, once you know how much veggies you eat and stop throwing away tonnes) will be easier and not as much of a shock to the system.
PS.. I was curious why are so many vegetarian recipes curry?? Our family does not like curry (we find it bitter) and although I want to increase beans in our diet most recipes are curry or chili... What other spice or flavor blends can replace these??
OH and try the SLOPPY SAMS on this site.. I loved them and finally after 6 weeks of low fat foods our family could have 'Sloppy Joes' again without impacting my health.. But my hubby and sons did put cheese on theirs.. CHEATERS!!!