Three books for your summer reading pleasure: Mark Bittman’s Vegan Before 6, Michele Obama’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America and Michael Pollan’s Cooked.
Vegan Before 6, where your eating plan is animal product free before 6PM, is a weight management book that may be helpful more as a way to start eating less processed foods rather than a weight loss plan, since it is possible to over-consume good-for-you calories (which would prevent weight loss) before as well as after 6PM. It is, however, a great way to start thinking about how to begin eating, preparing and relishing plant-based meals. Read more about this book here:
Michele Obama’s book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America is a entree for newbie gardening hopefuls to take the plunge and start digging as well as for the veteran grower who loves the process and embraces the history and future of growing food, including school gardens. The book includes White House recipes and memorable food-inspired moments as well as many great photos to capture the interest of even the youngest green thumb. The proceeds from the book go to the National Park Foundation, so an extra bonus! Read more about her book here:
Michael Pollan’s Cooked is so much more than a cookbook. In true Michael Pollan story-telling fashion, he focuses on four methods of food preparation: earth, air, fire, and water. In the process, he invites us all to learn to love to cook. Although our fast-food-consuming culture values quick and finished, Pollan’s approach to creating meals and doing so with deliberate care is a delicious treat to savor and to share with those we cherish. Learn more about this book here: