Jeff Cox, a former editor at Organic Gardening magazine, has been promoting organics since long before it was fashionable. Using his 30 years of organics knowledge in this guide-cum-cookbook, he attempts to untangle, for the average consumer, the confusing mess of what to eat.
Readers will find concrete advice in this basic primer: the science of organic farming is followed by a product-by-product guide to organically farmed foods that can be found in the market. Organized by food group (vegetables, fruits, protein, etc.), each food is broken down by season—how to shop for it, the reason to buy the organic version, and a simple recipe or two that showcases the strength of the main ingredient.
The best answer for the health of humans and the health of the planet is to buy everything organic, and the eventual redundancy of the "organic advantage" paragraph on each food reveals just that; there are only so many ways to explain that the product tastes better and that the farming method doesn't destroy the soil. The best parts of The Organic Food Shopper's Guide are the informational inset boxes; Cox is knowledgeable about all the food issues facing consumers and these boxes—including information on mad cow, local agriculture, fair trade and food labeling—showcase his expertise.
"I'm really enjoying this guide. I was pleased to see that the book includes a list of which fruits and vegetables are ripe in each season. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to start eating organically, but isn't sure where/how to start."
"I love this book. I took it out of my library and am about to purchase it from Amazon. The book not only talks about the organic advantages of most foods (veggies, fruit, dairy, meat, nuts etc.) but also lists nutritional benefits, what pairs well with the food, recipes (the few I have tried have been easy to prepare, wholesom and delicious.)and a great resource list. Wonderful book."
- K. Duffy (Cincinnati, ohio)
"You can always take a look when in doubt about a product. It's easy and fun to learn with this book! I use it like a dictionary!"
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