Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've been reading this book, REAL FOOD HAS CURVES. Catchy title, no? The authors are a writer and a chef, so you're right if you think reading this is a pleasure.
The premise of this book is that processed food makes u fat and sluggish and keeps us there. I've done a lot of reading on this (Michael Pollan's books in particular) and subscribe to Nutrition Action, so I know most of the facts in here. But fear not, facts are the only reason to get this book.
These authors use their own life to help illuminate their points and invite you envision how your life might change. They break down the boring nutriton stuff into tiny, palatable bites. Small steps that you can take to improve your diet. Easy ways to add more flavor and less chemicals to your life. They even quote Julia Sugarbaker, the truthtelling Designing Woman.
Not that they promise it will be easy. The truth is eating well involves more cooking at home and less eating out. Portions in restaurants are so far out of whack that it is difficult to maintain good health if we frequent them. Cooking at home means preparation and shopping and planning ahead. (Not to mention, dishes.) For many of us, that means change.
The authors urge us to take what they call a Yes, And attitude. Rather than just going along as we've always have, try something new. Commit to eating a vegetable you've never eaten before, throw in a spice you've avoided. The 100 recipes in this book will help. They're varied with a wide range of ingredients and tastes.
I'm going to try a new recipe tomorrow. Not sure if it'll be the Mape Dofu or the Thyme and Garlic Roasted Shrimp. Not even sure if I'll like it. But I might.
And Julia Sugarbaker would be proud.
What about you? Tried any new recipes lately?