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Saturday, November 08, 2008

30 Days to a Greener Diet - Day 18

Simplify with The Art of Simple Food
Famed Chef Alice Waters’ New Cookbook Is a Great Guide to the New Green Cuisine

Alice Waters is one of America’s most famous food revolutionaries, and her success over the years has been predicated on creating sophisticated yet simple recipes made with the freshest, most seasonal and sustainably produced, healthiest ingredients possible.

The fact that her simple, time-honored principles have given her world-wide acclaim as a ground-breaking innovator is a testament to how far our society strayed from eating real foods before the current renaissance in eating a greener cuisine arrived.

In her latest book, The Art of Simple Food, she says, “When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is. This is what we’ve learned at Chez Panisse [her famed California restaurant] after years of sourcing, preparing and tasting food.” The book offers recipes and techniques for everyday meals that are healthy and easy enough to make even after a busy day.

A typical great tip from its pages:
“After shopping, I come home and make a few preparations; season the chicken, marinate pork chops with herbs and seasoning, soak the beans. Having those things in the refrigerator, ready to cook, is a comforting start: I don’t have to worry at the last minute, or at the end of a tiring day, about what I can possibly make for dinner.”

Sounds simple? It is. And very, very green.

Try these recipes from The Art of Simple Cooking:
Lentil Salad Recipe
Spicy Cauliflower Soup Recipe

To buy the book, click here.

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