Category Archives: Book and Film Reviews

What’s up with Spoonsense

As you may have noticed, Spoonsense has been lying low. Our kitchen renovation has been taking longer than anticipated. Only two hot plates in the living room for cooking and water only from the bathroom, there is plenty of reason to avoid cooking. With the slim veg’n choices of local Westchester restaurants, I cannot wait to get back to cooking.

Meanwhile I am reading another book on low inflammatory food. ‘Stop Pain’ by Vijay Vad, MD. Recommendations for inflammation lowering foods and supplements are listed here: List on recommended foods…

Tribal Running Foods

I just finished reading two books, both of them (‘The Jungle effect’ and ‘Born to run’) mention the food, of the Tarahumara Indians, known as the ‘running people’. For example chia seeds and limes, called ‘Chia fresca’ which promptly became a popular ‘energy’ drink in Wallstreet. See recipe
‘The Jungle Effect’ book by Daphne Miller has several chapters where each chapter focuses on one Western disease and travels to a part in the world where the disease is rare or unknown (Cold Spots). Continue reading

Shroomsday

2012 is the year of the mushroom. The unusual wet Spring and early Summer supports my theory. While I always liked odd shaped fungi, edible mushrooms are my newest pastime. With this year’s 50th anniversary of NYMS, Eugenia Bone published her hunting experiences with ‘Mycophilia’. The easy ‘who is who’ in mushrooming all over the country, including descriptions of mushroom walks, culture and cultivation methods, including her own short experience in ‘home mushroom farming’. Continue reading

Finger food…

Summer… so many reasons to get together and share food.  After the rained out days in May, hopes are high to spent some time outside; I love finger food that is easy to make and share. This pepper onion tart – with thyme is so ‘French countryside’. (Hint, share!) Continue reading

Tapped

Food and drinking water on the go! Especially city people are used to everything on demand in an instant. Drinking bottled water is young, modern and casual just as smoking used to be… The 2009 movie ‘Tapped’, is a documentary about bottled water’s effect on people, on our health, on the environment. Continue reading

Functional Foods

Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman Triathlete from Vancouver, BC  is also vegan. His early research in the nutritional field has been circling around how to improve performance with nutrition, by minimizing the stress that ordinary and high acidic foods may cause to the body. Brazier moved to a diet that uses naturally ‘functional foods’. Continue reading