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Every Day Super Foods

As evidenced by past experiments with clean eating, I have an interest in putting more whole foods on my plate. I try to stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store as much as possible, and recently I picked up a Ninja blender so I could have better luck making smoothies. So when I stumbled upon Sue Quinn’s new cookbook, Super Foods Every Day, I was excited to delve into it.

super foodsThe first thing that Sue does is define what a super food is for her purposes. She has developed a listing of powerhouse foods which are high in vitamins, phytochemicals and other nutrients.Its from that extensive list that she builds out 65 recipes that are easy to make and good for you too.

The recipes range from breakfast to baked goods and include a lot of blueberries, kale, and even dark chocolate. We will be trying out a few of these recipes over the next couple of weeks, and I’ll be honest, some of them will require a leap of faith on my part, but as we’ve seen from past experiments, I often use this as an opportunity to expand my palate a little bit more, plus I’m finding more and more that being pushed out of my comfort zone is a great thing.

The book is clean, easy to follow and has excellent photography in it. My only criticism would be the total and complete lack of any nutritional information on any of the recipes. Sure, I can put all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and go from there, but having them listed would have been a big benefit to the cookbook. For someone looking to incorporate more healthy choices into their diet, this book, which lists for $14.99 is a great option. The book is available next week and can be pre-ordered now.

“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”


The Peferct Gift for the Whiskey Drinker that Reads

We all have that person on our Christmas List who is damn near impossible to buy for. If that person enjoys whiskey, art and history Noah Rothbaum has put together the perfect coffee table book for them.

9781607747185The Art of American Whiskey takes a stroll down memory lane using the visual elements of American Whiskey bottle labels from the late 1800’s until today. It is a very cool book with stories about the growth and development of the booze industry in America and as Bourbon and American Whiskey in general continues to increase in popularity, it is a wonderful way to read about our favorite brown beverage.

A bonus of the book is that it also features period recipes for cocktails, some well known to all of us today, others long lost and worth of trying out at your seasonal Christmas parties.

The book is listed for $15.89 on right now, so for the whiskey lover in your life, give them something to enjoy along with a bottle of their favorite drink this year.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

I Review it, Maybe You Win It: A Bone To Pick by Mark Bittman

Those of you who are regular followers of this blog know the struggle I have with the seemingly never ending battle against America’s farmers. The lazy mass media wants to blame Monsanto, corn and USDA subsidies for America’s obesity epidemic. Massive corporations such as Chipotle regularly abuse family farmers in their advertisements in an effort to increase their profits. So it was with trepidation and an expectation of hate that I picked up Mark Bittman’s collection of columns, A Bone to Pick, The good and bad news about food, with wisdom and advice on diets, food safety, GMO’s, farming and more.

bone to pickBittman writes a regular op-ed feature for the NY Times on food. The first few columns I read in the book only reinforced the stereotypes I had in my mind of a downstate NY’er and his absurd naivety of food and farming. The further I read into the book the more impressed I became with his depth of knowledge and his willingness to go to the source to find the facts about food production in America. Unfortunately he continues to demonize American farmers throughout the book, and the continual naive harping and beating up of said farmer gets especially old.

Enter to win a copy of A Bone to Pick

Bittman floats some interesting ideas out there, even ones that I can get on board with, Turning your lawn into a garden space that grows your own food is something I’ve dabbled with a little this spring with our edible front garden. There are a ton of skills that my parents generation had when it comes to food and food perpetration that have been lost. I hope to be able to pass them along to my daughter so she has a greater appreciation of where food comes from.

So often in this 15 second sound bite world, we argue with half truths and partial theories. What impresses me about the book is that Bittman takes the time to lay out his theories and to examine them. We don’t agree on a lot of things, but I walked away with a new appreciation for his opinions, and a more open mind when it comes to the issues facing America in food. The ability in this 140 character talking point world to do that is becoming more and more rare.

Despite disagreeing on how we got here, who is to blame and what the total solution is, the fact remains that America is fatter, unhealthier and less active than at any point in its history. Bittman lays out a compelling case for simple changes that can be made. It is a semi-rational take on food in America and I’m happy I picked it up to read it. If you;d like a copy of the book. Enter the contest below and maybe you’ll be our winner.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.