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The Ethical Gourmetby Jay Weinstein
Like many, I want to eat well and yet have as little harmful impact on my environment as possible. Thanks to Weinstein I feel so much better informed about the choices I can make, and have had my eyes opened to factors I hadn't stopped to consider (the environmental impact of bottled water, for example). Combine the knowledge gleaned from Weinstein's articulate arguments with some fantastic new recipes and cooking techniques to get the most out of environmentally conscious foods and you have the most valuable book of the year.
Synopses & Reviews
More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn't deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. And, at the same time, we also want delicious food! If you are concerned about the environment, but unsure how to make a difference, here is a handbook for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods.
Chef and environmentalist Jay Weinstein has written the bible for those who care about both the well-being of the world and flavorful food. He informs us:
By providing 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes, Jay Weinstein ensures that our ethical impulses are well rewarded. Dishes like Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalapenos, Zucchini Spaghetti with Garlicky Clams and Grilled Bluefish, Pumpkin Basmati Rice Pilaf, and Coco-Vegetable Rice with Tamarind Chicken Skewers feature creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals.
"Navigating the relative morality of buying local, buying organic or buying fairly traded food can be difficult, but this exhaustive guide is an excellent roadmap to socially conscious eating. In the first chapter, 'The Politics of Food,' Weinstein outlines the ways in which food production has become ironically fraught with destruction in the name of nourishment: environmental decay, wasteful packaging, inhumane treatment of animals and workers, the overuse of antibiotics and increasingly endangered species. By adhering to just a few principles, he argues, we can trade our decadent lifestyles for more sustainable practices. These include eating less meat, and choosing humanely raised game meats; eating more organic produce; choosing farm-raised fish and avoiding overfished species like wild salmon; and buying fairly traded coffee, chocolate and sugar. Weinstein provides a host of sophisticated, flavorful recipes that draw from guilt-free ingredients, like a vegetarian Moroccan Squash Tagine with Couscous and a Terrine of Duck Liver, a humane alternative to foie gras. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and contributor to the New York Times and Travel & Leisure, Weinstein is passionately serious about culinary ethics, but he is equally serious about the pleasures of eating. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Thoughtful, provocative, and entirely utilizable, The Ethical Gourmet is a mouthful of delight." Dan Barber, chef, Blue Hill restaurant and Stone Barns restaurant
"A wonderfully informative book!" Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, America's first certified organic restaurant
"This is a rare book written by a man who has great passion for life, for the environment, and for cuisine...a must read for anyone who shares these passions." Jasper White, restaurateur and author of The Boston Fish Pier Seafood Recipe Cookbook
About the Author
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), with a degree in journalism from NYU, JAY WEINSTEIN is a protégé of Jasper White's and has cooked at Le Bernardin. He has written two cookbooks and his articles have appeared in The New York Times and Travel & Leisure. He is the editor of the CIA newsletter Kitchen and Cook, and he lives in New York City.
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