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Title:
The nourished kitchen : farm-to-table recipes for the traditional foods lifestyle : featuring bone broths, fermented vegetables, grass-fed meats, wholesome fats, raw dairy, and kombuchas
Author:
McGruther, Jennifer.
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Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley [California] : Ten Speed Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
313 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"A cookbook from the author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, featuring 175 recipes based on the 'traditional foods' philosophy of eating, which emphasizes whole grains, dairy, red meat, organ meats, and fermented foods. A traditional foods diet celebrates unrefined, whole, and natural foods while avoiding modern, refined ones; it also seeks to prepare them in the same manner as our ancestors, prior to the industrialization of food. The traditional foods diet, based on the findings of Dr. Weston A. Price's anthropological data from the 1930s, suggests that cultures who subsist on native, unrefined, traditionally-prepared foods enjoy better health (with lower rates of infertility, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disease) than those who consume a diet of processed foods. This cookbook offers a beautifully illustrated treatment of this nutrient-dense cooking style, with wholesome time-tested recipes including restorative bone broths, revitalizing kombuchas and tonics, and hearty and economical bean and lentil dishes. Contrary to nearly all of today's trendy diets, the traditional foods diet is not a restrictive eating style--it focuses on eating diversely and seasonally. It is more inclusive than the paleo diet and shares the environmental and ethical principles of the farm-to-table movement. Practical sidebars include tutorials on infusing honey, making homemade almond flour, preparing a sourdough starter, and rendering poultry fat. Beyond recipes, The Nourished Kitchen also addresses the larger issues of how modern convenience food bypasses traditional culinary wisdom and the critical importance of how food is sourced and prepared for optimal nutrition"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
From the Kitchen Garden -- From the Pasture -- From the Range -- From the Waters -- From the Fields -- From the Wild -- From the Orchard -- From the Larder -- Glossary -- Resources -- Real Food Advocacy Groups -- About the Author -- Measurement Conversion Charts.
Genre:
ISBN:
9781607744689
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A cookbook from the author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, featuring over 160 recipes based on the "traditional foods" philosophy of eating, which emphasizes whole grains, dairy, red meat, organ meats, and fermented foods.  

     The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense,  real  food, and values quality, environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products that are the norm on grocery store shelves. 
     Based on the research of Weston A. Price, who studied the diets of indigenous peoples to understand the relationship between nutrition and health, a traditional foods diet avoids processed ingredients, but allows meat, animal fat, and grains. It embraces cultured dairy, such as kefir and yogurt, that contain beneficial bacteria; fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha, that are rich in probiotics; and organ meats that are packed with vitamins and minerals. It also celebrates locally grown foods. By choosing ingredients from nearby sources, you create a stronger connection to your food, and have a better understanding what you're eating and how it was produced. 
     In  The Nourished Kitchen , Jennifer McGruther guides you through her traditional foods kitchen and offers more than 160 recipes inspired by  the seasons, land, and waters around her. In the morning, fuel up with Eggs Poached in Fiery Tomato Sauce. On a hot summer day, Cucumber Salad with Dill and Kefir is a cooling side dish, and on a chilly fall evening, Barley in Broth with Bacon and Kale offers comfort and warmth. Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf with Gravy makes a hearty family meal, while Chicken in Riesling with Peas can be the centerpiece of an elegant supper. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Maple-Roasted Pears, and quench your thirst with naturally fermented Vanilla Mint Soda. With the benefit of Jennifer's experience, you can craft a loaf of Whole Wheat and Spelt Sourdough Bread and stock your kitchen with Spiced Sour Pickles with Garlic.
     The Nourished Kitchen  not only teaches how to prepare wholesome, nourishing foods, but also encourages a mindful approach cooking and a celebration of old-world culinary traditions that have sustained healthy people for millennia. Whether you're already a practitioner of the traditional foods lifestyle or simply trying to incorporate more natural, highly nutritious foods into your routine, you will find plenty to savor in  The Nourished Kitchen .


Author Notes

JENNIFER MCGRUTHER is a food educator and the author and creator of the award-winning traditional foods website, Nourished Kitchen (www.nourishedkitchen.com). She teaches workshops on traditional foods, fermentation, and food activism. Jennifer lives with her husband and son in the central mountains of Colorado where she and her husband started and managed a farmers market for seven years. Her work emphasizes traditional, from-scratch cooking with a focus on farm-to-table recipes.


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Booklist Review

Following the precepts of dentist-nutritionist Weston Price, McGruther has developed a system for healthy eating based on lots of vegetables and grains as cooked and preserved on early twentieth-century American farms. What differentiates McGruther's approach from other regimens is her unabashed advocacy of animal fats. She is especially fond of cooking foods in lard, noting its fat-content profile's similarity to that of olive oil. When sweetness is an object, McGruther suggests replacing refined sugar with honey, molasses, sorghum, or maple syrup. Bread recipes specify ancient grains such as einkorn, and leavening comes from sourdough. She favors making one's own butter when possible, and she recommends drinking that by-product of churning: buttermilk. Her meat dishes will satisfy carnivores, whether with a rich rabbit pie studded with bacon and chanterelles or with a rare-roasted elk steak. McGruther advocates sustainable agriculture, and she enthusiastically preserves summer's bounty through fermentation for pickles, sauerkraut, and relishes.--Knoblauch, Mark Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In her first cookbook, blogger McGruther (nourishedkitchen.com) tackles the challenge of creating dishes based on the "Traditional Foods philosophy of eating," which incorporates the concepts of employing "whole grains, dairy, red meat, organ meats, and fermented food" in an effort to help create a model where eaters use sustainable agriculture and fresh food. McGruther uses a back to basics approach so the ingredients are fresh and take center stage on their own accord without the need for too much doctoring. Simple in design, the food takes on a powerful punch. For example, the pan-seared "Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Tarragon" makes use of few items that, prepared just right, blend to create a mouthwatering dish. Similarly, the "root cellar soup" employs seemingly boring root vegetables to create a hot soup full of flavor. Along the way, McGruther instructs how to create items at home that one usually thinks to buy in the store: see how to cure your own "bacon with fenugreek, mustard seed, and maple sugar" or how to make your own "sweet cultured butter and true buttermilk." With helpful sections on raw materials, such as grains and their uses, and pertinent information for their storage, gluten content, and flavor, and a similar chart on beans and lentils, this book proves that one does not have to go far to find a delicious meal. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Introduction "Everyone had a garden back then; you just couldn't get by without it. We fried our dinner in lard, and sauerkraut got us through the winter," Trudy explained, answering a question about how the old-timers survived in the rough-and-tumble Colorado mining community of Crested Butte long before the roads were paved and imported, packaged foods traveled up the winding mountain passes in eighteen-wheel trucks to line the shelves of our grocery store. Trudy, you see, is an old-timer. She grew up when convenience foods and long-traveled fruit and vegetables simply couldn't be found. That time lingered in the isolated town of Crested Butte, where I make my home, longer than it did in most American communities. Here, seasonal vegetables straight from the garden filled the dinner table, along with whole milk and butter from the local creamery, and locally produced meat and lard. In the fall, plenty of sauerkraut was put up to last until late spring lest bellies go hungry. These foods--meat loaf and liver, whole raw milk and just-gathered eggs, sourdough bread and soaked oatmeal porridge--nourished generation after generation of healthy people the world over until the global food supply began to change slowly but dramatically at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century and again after the Green Revolution of the mid-twentieth century. A Traditional Foods Movement Traditional foods are the foods of our great-great grandmothers--the foods of gardens and of farms. They represent a system of balance, emphasizing the value of meat and milk, grain and bean, vegetables and fruits. There is a movement afoot to restore this way of eating. The movement honors the connection between the foods that we eat, how we prepare these foods, and where they come from. In this way, the traditional foods movement celebrates the connection between the farm that produces the food, the cook who prepares it, and the individuals who eat it. Traditional foods is a system of connection, emphasizing support for time-honored ways in farming, cooking, and eating, and finding a place for fat and lean, animal and vegetable, raw and cooked. ----------------------------------------------- Barley in Broth with Bacon and Kale Cooked barley and ribbons of kale swirl together in this thick broth-based soup. Barley brings its earthy flavor and pleasant, chewy texture to a broth punctuated by bacon, carrots, celery, and garlic. Serves 4 to 6 1 cup hulled barley 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 ounces bacon, finely chopped 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 3 ribs celery, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 6 cups Chicken Bone Broth 1 small bunch Lacinato kale (about 8 ounces) Finely ground unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Toss the barley into a mixing bowl and cover with warm water by 2 inches. Stir in the vinegar, cover the bowl, and allow the grains to soak at room temperature for at least 8 and up to 12 hours. Drain the barley and rinse it well. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and toss in the bacon. Allow the bacon to cook until crispy, about 6 minutes. Stir in the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are fragrant and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the soaked barley and the wine and stir continuously until the wine has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium-low, then stir in the chicken broth, cover, and simmer until the barley is cooked through, about 40 minutes. While the barley cooks, prepare the kale by trimming away any tough stems or veins. Stack the leaves one on top of another and roll them into a cigar. Slice the leaves crosswise into ribbons about 1/8 inch thick. Once the barley is tender, turn off the heat. Stir in the kale and cover the pot. Allow the kale to wilt in the residual heat of the broth for 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Excerpted from The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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