Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Lately I have been a big consumer of food content – not so much food itself as writing online and offline about food (thankfully for my waistline!), including a dip into the world of online food blogging.  Over the last few months: I’ve seen Food, Inc.as a part of Dallas’ AFI Film Festival, and I’ve read a number of books on the subject including Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver and In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan.  To say that this endeavor has changed by perspective on the value of food and the business of food production (and what I will actually put in my mouth), would be a serious understatement.  However, nothing has shifted my overall perspective more than the book I just finished reading last night: The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by David A. Kessler, MD.  


The End of Overeating caught by attention in the traditional way – at the front table in a Borders book store.  I immediately knew that I wanted to read it, and it did not disappoint.  It’s somewhat heavy on science in the early chapters as Kessler lays the ground work for his conclusion that some foods are hyperpalatable, that they are reinforcing (a.k.a. addictive), that they override the natural physical responses exhibited when one eats traditional foods, that they make you want to eat more and more, and what we can and should do about it.  I found it compelling and read it in only a few short days. That Kessler is a former FDA commissioner, a doctor, and himself a professed overeater adds creditability to his conclusions and compassion to his handling of an emotional subject.  I believe it’s a paradigm changing book, and I highly recommend it to anyone.  Thank you, Dr. Kessler!


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Basil.  My favorite.

Basil. My favorite.


Today’s post at The Cook’s Atelier captures my sentiments about kitchen gardens exactly.  I choose to:  Dig in the dirt.  Eat real food.  Mostly plants (from around here). In a beautiful, conscious way.

This is truly my first foray into a real garden.  My previous attempts have been limited to “container gardens” on apartment patios starring mint who can live through almost anything the Texas sun can dish out and basil who is clearly more difficult to grow, but my enduring favorite.  Last May I bought a two bedroom house in a little known neighborhood very close to downtown (and to my office).  It has a pretty good sized yard with very big beds for lots of planting, which was a huge draw. 

It’s been a learning experience to say the least, and Google has been a great teacher.  How to harvest arugala, how to care for cauliflower, how to figure out my hardiness zone…  There is plenty more for me to learn, but here’s a look into my garden right now.  So far I’ve enjoyed eating from my nascent kitchen garden.  I ‘m excited about a new season and what’s to come.

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