April 12, 2016 | beesleya
Learn about your food - where it comes from, how it's made, and the history of how and why we started to eat what we eat - with some of these informative documentaries.
This film shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history by exploring the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food."
February 29, 2016 | beesleya
Meatless Mondays (a.k.a. abstaining from meat on Mondays, or including a meatless meal for dinner every Monday) are all the rage! Adding in a day of meatless meals provides you with an opportunity to try out new vegetarian or vegan meals without the commitment. In addition to purported health benefits, eating less meat can have a positive impact on the environment, and it can encourage you to eat your vegetables.
Eat green by checking out some of these excellent vegetarian and vegan cookbooks!
February 29, 2016 | beesleya
Take your tastebuds on a tasty trip!
Eat your way around the world without leaving your home in this mouthwatering cultural history of 100 classic dishes. "When we eat, we travel." Thus begins this irresistible tour of the cuisines of the world, revealing what people eat and why in forty cultures. What's the origin of kimchi in Korea? Why do we associate Argentina with steak? Why do people in Marseille eat bouillabaisse? What's the story behind the curries of India? Bubbling over with anecdotes, trivia, and lore-from the role of a priest in the genesis of camembert to the Mayan origins of the word "chocolate." The World on a Plate serves up a delicious melange of recipes, history, and culinary wisdom to be devoured by food lovers and armchair travelers alike.
February 17, 2016 | jonesw
Itching to create some Harry Potter or Star Wars goodies? Just looking for an outlet for your geekiness? Try one of these books and earn your Geek Out badge!
January 19, 2016 | strande
Sit down to a delicious soupy read.
Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.