There are cook books. There are history books. There are books on the culture of food. Then there is Oldways Table (published by Ten Speed Press) a book that masterfully blends all three.
This book was written by K. Dun Gifford and Sara Baer-Sinnott, the minds behind Oldways, the culinary think tank that brought you The Whole Grain Stamp and the Med Mark. Who would have thought a cook book with essays could be so engaging as to make me miss my train stop? But it is that interesting and I did miss my stop, but I still love reading this book and imagining the recipes I could make. Now I only read it while in the kitchen. The book feels like a travel guide for food and distant cultures – cultures that all share the love of kale, lamb and lima beans. This book is great for the foodie and the healthy eater alike. It explores the basics of the celebrated Mediterranean diet, but the book includes recipes from countries far outside that region.
My favorite recipe from the book is so simple and tasty: Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Olive Oil. It mixes carbs, fat and greens all in one incredible dish. The only thing I change from this original recipe is keeping the skins on the potatoes, since that's where all the nutrients reside.
Go ahead and cook adventurously, even though you will be cooking like people have for centuries. You can find the book for $21.45 at Amazon. It just might be more fun to walk or ride your bike to your local book store and see if you can find it on the shelf there.
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