Quinn Crew Book Report
It’s never easy to make time for reading, but we are slowly building an QP office collection! These are a few of my favorite food books to date!
In Defense of Food
An Eater’s Manifesto- Michael Pollan
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”
This is Michael Pollan’s mantra for the best way to consume food.
This was the first foodie book I ever read and although cliché, it changed my life. I also used it several years ago as a text to teach a Freshman College healthy cooking class.
Pollan is so passionate yet so simple about food that he is easy to relate to. His first book captures the average American diet and breaks it down in a way that inspires change rather than leaves one feeling hopeless.
Pollan wants people to eat, and enjoy it. His book is not only educational it is also amusing. From his investigator trip to Whole Foods to his new aged foodie definitions, Pollan’s writing hits the spot.
What to eat and Why- Nina Plank
Cheese, Butter, Whole Milk-FAT! Nina Plank embraces it all from natural pure sources.
Real Food explores the “fat fear” our society has. Nina Plank grew up on a farm and learned from and was exposed to every kind of pure food. In her teens she rebelled, trying to lose weight by low fat foods and other diet trends. She circled back to her roots and found the answer to a healthful and beautiful body all lay in the source of what she consumed.
With Plank, her theory is that real food will satiate you more than that other “stuff”. This book offers a refreshing perspective of food and leaves one feeling positive. It will leave you craving aged cheeses and seeking farm fresh eggs. It’s a great cozy read for winter.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver may be better known for her fictional novels but her real life story in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is hilarious! Kingsolver dedicates one year of her family’s life to local food. She somehow manages to persuade her teenage kids and husband to join her on a journey to start their own farm and be self-sufficient for one year-no less.
Kingsolver has earned degrees in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, and has worked as a freelance writer and author since 1985. Her personal non-fiction novel views local food down to a science-from her crazy zucchini plants to her endeavor slaughtering her own turkey!
You will laugh through the family’s canning experience and first local winter and be in awe at their lack of cheating in the one year challenge. This book is so honest and makes one truly inspired to consider the local challenge. All of Kingsolver’s works are great, start with this one and read them all!
In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart
As we begin to hunker down and board ourselves in against the cold after the holiday season what better way to stay busy than try some new recipes!?
I have always been a huge fan of Alice Waters and was lucky enough to meet my idol this past fall at a Natural Products Expo in Baltimore Maryland. Waters has this beautiful way of speaking that fluidly convinces others of her slow food morale.
In the Green Kitchen is a simple cookbook that focuses on ingredients rather than complex creations. Water’s teaches the basics that every foodie should know- I learned to poach my own egg! The book’s recipes are intertwined with fantastic photos and biographies of other inspiring people Water’s has met throughout her career. I recommend trying your hand at the yummy biscuits and kale penne pasta!