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Ecology Cooking – Healthy Choices Book Review

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Ecology Cooking, Uncommon Sense

After hearing a Science Friday interview on NPR with the author of this book, I asked Bob for this for my birthday.  It was sold out and took quite a bit of research to find one.   They’ve printed more!

Reading this book has changed how I purchase, store and cook vegetables & fruits.   Faithful readers know I believe in ecology cooking (my very own mantra).   But with a busy, full schedule, time is precious.  Getting the most nutrition and value saves time, is frugal and makes healthy sense.  The name of the book is misleading….read on

This is a super easy read.  Each chapter is laid out logically.  There are so many good tips and ideas – science-based – that  I read with highlighter in hand.  I keep it in the kitchen to reference after shopping (for storage) and before cooking (to get the most nutrition).

This book is filled with simple ways to up nutrition, prevent disease, improve UV protection….  I’m learning simple strategies for purchasing, storing and preparing every day foods to maximize their potential.

For example, simply chilling cooked potatoes significantly lowers their glycemic rush.  Letting garlic rest for 10 minutes before cooking ensures maximum nutrition.  There are WAY too many wonderful tips to share here.  Do yourself a favor – get the book by clicking the link – I promise it will be the one of the best $twenty dollars$  you ever spent.  Read it and let me know what you think?  Enter a comment on this post?

If, reading this blog and me saying – BUY THIS BOOK – is not convincing enough, then read on or listen to the 20 minute Science Friday interview:

Jo Robinson is a bestselling, investigative Jo Robinsonjournalist who has spent the past 15 years scouring research journals for information on how we can restore vital nutrients to our fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy products.

The nutritional losses did not begin 50 or 100 years ago, she has learned, but thousands of years earlier when we first abandoned our native diet of wild plants and game and began to domesticate animals and grow food in the first primitive gardens. Unwittingly, the choices we made about how to feed our livestock and what to plant in our gardens reduced the amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants in the human diet, which compromised our ability to fight disease and enjoy optimum health.

Robinson is a nationally recognized expert in how to recapture those lost nutrients. Her insights into the benefits of raising animals on pasture have been featured in scores of magazines, newspapers, and radio shows, including Sunset Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Mother Earth News.

Her new book, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, published by Little, Brown and Company, was released on June 4, 2013. It extends her expertise to reclaiming the lost nutrients of fruits and vegetables. The book has received stellar reviews and will be featured in seven magazines in June and July—Bon Appetit, Prevention, Health, Fitness, Epicurious, Oprah’s “O”, Mother Earth News, and Redbook. Jo will also appear on several national television programs.

In addition to researching the health benefits of wild-like fruits and vegetables, Jo has been growing the most exceptional varieties in her garden on Vashon Island.  She believes that growing the most nutritious fruits and vegetables in backyard gardens is the wave of the future.



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  1. […] Eating on the Wild Side:  This life-changing (but badly named) book will help you make better, more nutritious choices.  Learn how to buy, store, prepare fruits and veggies in order to make more nutritious choices, save money and shop smarter.   More info and great pod cast – click here. […]

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