With Clean Food (Sterling Epicure), Terry Walters puts herself on the big green scene map. This is the latest in a string of books about eating well, close to the source, and harming the earth and body as little as possible.
Perhaps more than some of the others, Clean Food is a good intro for those who have had the bejesus scared out of them by reading Michael Pollan or watching Food Inc. but don't know where to start to make actual change in their diets. This book combines practical information like an extensive encyclopedic listing of ingredients, plus over 200 recipes, organized seasonally.
For those trying to also incorporate local eating into their lives, there are many recipes that, unless you live in the tropics, you'll have to skip. But overall, the book gives a great intro into eating mindfully (after all, there is so much to think about when one tries to "eat right." Every little step counts.
Number of recipes: 200+
Recipes for right now: Lentil Walnut Pâté, Kale with Caramelized Shallots, Root Veggie Fries, White Beans and Escarole.
• Buy the book: Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters (Amazon, $19.80)
• Check out Terry Walters' website www.terryskitchen.net
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