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by Ellen Haas (St. Martin's Press)
Looking for healthy, delicious recipes to feed your family? Can't think of anyone better to turn to than former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Ellen Haas. Ms. Haas was instrumental in getting nutrition labels on food, so it naturally follows that her interest in food and nutrition would lead to Great Adventures In Food.
Haas has collaborated with twenty-two leading chefs for a variety of recipes that focus on fresh and nutritious foods. The emphasis on health makes the selection of such recipes as Skinny Mashed Potatoes, Barbecued Pork Chops With Pecans, and Carrot-Walnut Cake no less appealing.
Nutrition basics are included, of course, with information on how to shop for healthy foods and plan menus good for the body as well as the palate. The vegetable season guide is very handy. Charts tell you what vegetables are in season throughout the year, selection and storage tips, and best uses for each.
Bet you didn't know the first United States president to eat grits in public office was James Madison or that thyme was used by Egyptians to balm their dead. Boxed tips, food trivia, and quick timesaver recipes abound throughout the 264-page book. Sample menus are included covering seasonal holidays.
For novice and experienced cooks alike, the informational reference charts come in very handy indeed. The Pasta Guide shows different shapes, cooking times, and usage ideas. Similar useful charts cover herbs and spices, beans, rice varieties, grains, lettuce types, and top ten favorite fish, all with selection and usage tips. Those setting up household for the first time will find the lists of pantry essentials a lifesaver.
Great Adventures In Food covers all the bases whether you're cooking with an eye toward your health or not. Recommended for all levels of cooking expertise.
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