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9781585424597

Grub : Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

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  • ISBN13:

    9781585424597

  • ISBN10:

    1585424595

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-06
  • Publisher: Tarcher
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Summary

A savvy and practical guide to organic eating for urban dwellers. In the past few years, organic food has moved out of the patchouli-scented aisles of hippie food co-ops and into three-quarters of conventional grocery stores. Concurrent with this growth has been increased consumer awareness of the social and health-related issues around organic eating, independent farming, and food production. Combining a straight-to-the-point exposé about organic foods (organic doesn't mean fresh, natural, or independently produced) and the how-to's of creating an affordable, easy-touse organic kitchen, Grubbrings organics home to urban dwellers. It gives the reader compelling arguments for buying organic food, revealing the pesticide industry's influence on government regulation and the extent of its pollution in our waterways and bodies. With an inviting recipe section, Grubalso offers the millions of people who buy organics fresh ideas and easy ways to cook with them. Grub's recipes, twenty-four meals oriented around the seasons, appeal to eighteen- to forty-year-olds who are looking for fun and simple meals. In addition, the book features resource lists (including music playlists to cook by), unusual and illuminating graphics, and every variety of do-it yourself tip sheets, charts, and checklists.

Author Biography

Anna Lappé is a nationally recognized author, public speaker, and cofounder of the Small Planet Fund. She is the coauthor of the national bestseller Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet.

Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and founding director of b-healthy! (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a New York-based nonprofit organization.

Excerpts

Cinnamon-Dusted Sweet Potato Fries

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Inactive Preparation Time: At least 1 hour, or overnight
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (about 4 pounds), peeled
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Organic, unrefined coconut cooking oil, for frying
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • Cut the sweet potatoes into slices about inch thick, then cut them lengthwise into the shape of slim fries.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes with 1 teaspoon salt and enough cold water to cover by a few inches. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Thoroughly drain the sweet potatoes in a colander. Pat them well with paper towels until completely dry.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of 325 degrees F, 6 to 8 minutes. Fry the potatoes, in batches, until lightly browned. Remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon or spider and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Increase the heat to high until it reaches 375 degrees F, then add the par-fried potatoes, in batches, back into the oil and fry until crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Again, remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon or spider and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Dust with cinnamon and serve immediately.

    Serves 8-10
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