• Jessica Pecush

Eating on the Wild Side

I share with you Eating on the Wide Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health (Jo Robinson), as it is a nutritional reference book like no other! I first came across it a few years ago, and I’ve dug back into it several times since! If anything, it will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about just how many varieties of produce exist out there; a food group that should form the most substantial part of our diet!

Based on over 600 scientific research studies, Jo Robinson presents highly thorough information so that as well-informed consumers, we may maximize our efforts when it comes to selecting, storing and preparing whole, fresh foods. Yes, please!

I needed this book when I found it! Food is overwhelming, and I'm sure there are many of us out there that have felt this way at some point or another! Given that there are numerous varieties of each type of produce, where do you start? How do you know which variety is most nutritious? How do you best store it once you get home, to maximize freshness and flavour? Which cooking method best retains the nutrients, rather than unintentionally depleting them? Oops! It's happened to all of us!

The Vegetables section encompasses Greens, Alliums (i.e. onion, garlic, scallions, shallots), Corn, Potatoes, Other Roots (i.e. carrots, beets, sweet potatoes), Tomatoes, Crucifers (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), Legumes (i.e. peas, beans, lentils), also addressing Artichokes, Asparagus and Avocado. The Fruits section addresses Apples, Berries, Stone Fruits, Grapes & Raisins, Citrus, Tropical and Melons. By the end of this book, you'll gain a greater sense of where various food varieties are grown, which varieties are likely to appear in your grocery store vs. at a farmer's market and why one variety is more nutritionally dense than another. A summary chart at the end of each section lists all varieties, comments about each, and points to remember when working with that category of produce; a helpful short-cut to exactly what you need to be reminded of, when you need it!

The book is also scattered with recipes involving varieties mentioned, such as “Tomato Salsa”, “Colourful Cornbread” and a “Cranberry Horseradish Relish”. Mmm!

This is an informative read and worthwhile investment for anyone desiring to enhance their knowledge about fresh produce and gain more clarity. A lot of information? Yes. Chip away at it, or go straight to the sections you need first, considering the produce that is seasonal right now.



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