You’ll meet growers, rakers, beekeepers, processors, winemakers, blueberry queens, and some of the food scientists who are unlocking the secrets behind blueberries’ amazing health benefi ts. Recipes, too!
Supermarket produce sections bulging with a year-round supply of perfectly round, bright red-orange tomatoes have become all but a national birthright. But in Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Fields are sprayed with more than one hundred different herbicides and pesticides. Tomatoes are picked hard and green and artificially gassed until their skins acquire a marketable hue. Modern plant breeding has tripled yields, but has also produced fruits with dramatically reduced amounts of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and tomatoes that have fourteen times more sodium than the tomatoes our parents enjoyed. The relentless drive for low costs has fostered a thriving modern-day slave trade in the United States. How have we come to this point?
Estabrook traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to the impoverished town of Immokalee, Florida, a.k.a. the tomato capital of the United States. He visits the laboratories of seedsmen trying to develop varieties that can withstand the rigors of agribusiness and still taste like a garden tomato, and then moves on to commercial growers who operate on tens of thousands of acres, and eventually to a hillside field in Pennsylvania, where he meets an obsessed farmer who produces delectable tomatoes for the nation's top restaurants.
Throughout Tomatoland, Estabrook presents a who's who cast of characters in the tomato industry: the avuncular octogenarian whose conglomerate grows one out of every eight tomatoes eaten in the United States; the ex-Marine who heads the group that dictates the size, color, and shape of every tomato shipped out of Florida; the U.S. attorney who has doggedly prosecuted human traffickers for the past decade; and the Guatemalan peasant who came north to earn money for his parents' medical bills and found himself enslaved for two years.
Tomatoland reads like a suspenseful whodunit as well as an expose of today's agribusiness systems and the price we pay as a society when we take taste and thought out of our food purchases.
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In Mastering Your Gluten- and Dairy-Free Kitchen, Einat Mazor, a professional chef and culinary consultant, shares her vast knowledge and delicious recipes, so that those diagnosed with Celiac disease or food sensitivity to wheat, gluten, dairy, and casein can bene?t from a quick and delicious diet.
When Einat Mazors six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease, Einat was determined to put her considerable professional experience to use. She dreamed of creating a diet rich in diverse ?avors and textures so her daughter could continue to enjoy food just as she always had. Einat shares her personal story, along with simple and scrumptious recipes in a way that will help guide anyone who needs to change the way they think about foodbut doesnt know where to begin.
Einat serves up creative ways to avoid gluten and dairy in a diet, along with advice on building a pantry that is stocked with healthy and safe staples for this lifestyle diet. Each recipe begins with an anecdote and includes clear directions for tasty dishes, including cinnamon french toast, Chinese spring rolls, meatball kabobs, quinoa cookiesand even an amazing birthday cake!
Mastering Your Gluten- and Dairy-Free Kitchen provides valuable information and inspiration for those on a gluten- and dairy-free diet. It is also a valuable resource for parents and caregivers of people with autism, especially those who are attempting to alleviate symptoms through dietary changes.