What to Eat?: 10 Chewy Questions About Food

Overview

Deciding what to eat is no longer a simple matter of instinct and appetite.  Every choice we make about the food we put on our plates is complicated.  Is meat good or bad for me? Is buying local always best?  Is organic worth it?  WHAT TO EAT? asks all these questions and more: some are specific, going back to the nature of particular foods such as milk, meat and fish. Some are more general and challenging, examining the green and the good at a time when ...

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Overview

Deciding what to eat is no longer a simple matter of instinct and appetite.  Every choice we make about the food we put on our plates is complicated.  Is meat good or bad for me? Is buying local always best?  Is organic worth it?  WHAT TO EAT? asks all these questions and more: some are specific, going back to the nature of particular foods such as milk, meat and fish. Some are more general and challenging, examining the green and the good at a time when money is short and choices matter.

The book also offers answers. This is a refreshingly practical guide to the stuff of every day living, from the ingredients up: the cereals for breakfast; the cheese and tomato in a high-street sandwich; the sausages for supper.  Journeying through science, nature and the dark arts of the food industry, Hattie Ellis exposes the myths and unveils the truth about how food is produced, what gives us most value for money, what it does to us, and what we have done to it. 

By the end of each chapter, and of the book as a whole, we find solutions to each of our food dilemmas, and discover a way to feed ourselves that is good - good value, good for the planet and, of course, good to eat.

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Editorial Reviews

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It's rare to see a book about food politics so well researched, so current, spanning so many issues and so clearly well informed... an excellent book by one of the county's leading food writers and thinkers -  Guy Dimond, Time Out
[Ellis'] arguments are highly relevant and helpful... the book feels as much a record of a personal journey as a didactic exercise -  Mina Holland, Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846272165
  • Publisher: Portobello Books
  • Publication date: 5/3/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hattie Ellis' Planet Chicken won the Derek Cooper Award for investigative writing in 2008; her Sweetness & Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee covered the natural and social history of food; the research for Best of British Fish (Winner, Guild of Food Writers' Award) taught her about fishing and marine ecology, and Eating England took her into social history and farming. She has also investigated diets of all sorts for TV, and worked for the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, exploring the connections between food and health. She writes for newspapers including the Saturday Telegraph, the Guardian's G2 food pages, the Times magazine, FT Weekend, Time Out, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Kew Gardens magazine and online for the BBC and others.

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What to Eat?

10 Chewy Questions About Food
By Hattie Ellis

Portobello Books

Copyright © 2013 Hattie Ellis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781846272165

Food has become very complicated. It used to be just the stuff
on our plates. Helping after helping was put on a fork and swallowed.
But now we sit down to plates piled high with issues.
Food is bad for you; for other creatures; for the planet. Or conversely,
particular ingredients are praised to the skies as miracles
that will cure every ill. Buy some pricey goji berries and live
forever!
We live in the midst of a stream of fast-moving media delivering
headline after headline of competing claims. The juicy steak
for supper comes from a cow fed on soya grown in destroyed
rainforest; the juicy steak is delivering much-needed iron and
energy to make you zoomy and bright. The anchovies on your
pizza are threatening the ecology of the oceans. But then oily
fish also provide essential, healthful fats. The beans in your daily
cups of coffee grind down the poor and damage your nerves;
but coffee-growing helps the economies of the most deprived
countries in the world and coffee protects you from cancer and
depression. The wheat in your loaf is drenched in fungicide and
sends your glycaemic index soaring. Then again, bread is a goodvalue
carbohydrate that is the founding block of a healthy food
pyramid. Fruit is good and cheering; but can it be local when
less than 10 per cent of British fruit is home-grown? White
meat good; red meat bad – but is grass-fed lamb better for you
than grain-fed poultry? Now we need to follow what the animals
eat as well. Aaaagggggghhhhhhhh!
Belief after belief comes and goes, without the time or chance
to digest chapter and verse of each new gospel. Just when you
start to get to grips with one dilemma, another grabs your attention,
and yet another expert gives an entirely different answer.
They speak the last word. Until you hear the next.

Continues...

Excerpted from What to Eat? by Hattie Ellis Copyright © 2013 by Hattie Ellis. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. What is a Good Apple?
2. What is the Best Breakfast?
3. Should I Eat Like a Caveman?
4. What is Sustainable Fish?
5. What is "Kind" Meat?
6. Can I Eat to Avoid Heart Disease and Cancer?
7. Does Any Diet Work?
8. How Can I Eat "Five-A-Day?
9. What is a Green Kitchen?
10. Is Eating Local Parochial?
Epilogue: How do you Cahnge What you Eat?

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