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More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn’t deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. And, at the same time, we also want delicious food! If you are concerned about the environment, but unsure how to make a difference, here is a handbook for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods. Chef and environmentalist Jay Weinstein has written the bible for those who care about both the well-being of the world and flavorful food. He informs us:
• When organics really matter • Where to source humanely-raised meats and other ethically produced foods • How to make choices with a clean conscience when dining out
He also explores subjects ranging from genetically modified foods to being savvy about farmed fish, and why to avoid disposable wooden chopsticks and bottled water. By providing 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes, Jay Weinstein ensures that our ethical impulses are well rewarded. Dishes like Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalapeños, Zucchini Spaghetti with Garlicky Clams and Grilled Bluefish, Pumpkin Basmati Rice Pilaf, and Coco-Vegetable Rice with Tamarind Chicken Skewers feature creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals.
Jay Weinstein is a CIA-trained chef, culinary arts chef instructor, and food writer. His work has appeared in several national publications, including the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, and Fine Cooking. He was the executive editor of Kitchen & Cook magazine and he was a food commentator for National Public Radio. Jay is also a veteran of Boston's Restaurant Jasper, New York's Le Bernardin, and other top American kitchens.read more
Great book exploring ethical options in the majority of the food groups (including meat). The author does an excellent job of giving the reader historical, political, and environmental background about the food we eat and buy. The book also includes recipes, and I found that to be a nice addition. Highly recommended!read more
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Navigating the relative morality of buying local, buying organic or buying fairly traded food can be difficult, but this exhaustive guide is an excellent roadmap to socially conscious eating. In the first chapter, "The Politics of Food," Weinstein outlines the ways in which food production has become ironically fraught with destruction in the name of nourishment: environmental decay, wasteful packaging, inhumane treatment of animals and workers, the overuse of antibiotics and increasingly endangered species. By adhering to just a few principles, he argues, we can trade our decadent lifestyles for more sustainable practices. These include eating less meat, and choosing humanely raised game meats; eating more organic produce; choosing farm-raised fish and avoiding overfished species like wild salmon; and buying fairly traded coffee, chocolate and sugar. Weinstein provides a host of sophisticated, flavorful recipes that draw from guilt-free ingredients, like a vegetarian Moroccan Squash Tagine with Couscous and a Terrine of Duck Liver, a humane alternative to foie gras. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and contributor to the New York Times and Travel & Leisure, Weinstein is passionately serious about culinary ethics, but he is equally serious about the pleasures of eating. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved