Cooking Beyond Measure: How to Eat Well Without Formal Recipes by Jean Johnson
This title is about the simple, healthy, thrifty, green kitchen-but it takes this timely message one step further: There are no measurements or prescriptive directions. This is a cookbook that's more like kitchen companion for thrifty everyday cooks. Jean Johnson, food historian turned cookbook writer, questions SAD (the Standard American Diet). But In addition to Michael Pollan's Big Food, she targets Big Cooking. Why should the elite chefs have all the fun? This is just easy everyday cooking. The same food women have been making around the world for centuries-without putting reading glasses on!The pages of Cooking Beyond Measure are filled with poetry. Lines like paprika with its come hither red sass, and using enough cheese to melt your heart. Yet, under the light-hearted prose lies a radical message: the small chemistry experiment approach to cooking is a key reason we schlep off to the land of crinkly packages. And that land is robbing us blind and wrecking our health. Johnson's solution? Leave your measuring cups behind and take back your kitchen!
Portland, Oregon's Jean Johnson is a historian turned cookbook writer. After the Sixties, Johnson spent 10 years within the Southwest's Hopi and Navajo reservations. She questions the measured approach to cooking adopted by Americans in the 1890s. Michael Pollan may center his critique on Big Food, but Ms. Johnson targets Big Cooking as the real wolf in the hen house.