The Balanced Plate: The Essential Elements of Whole Foods and Good Health Paperback – Sep 19 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Loux's debut, Living Cuisine, was a raw foods (food perparation with low or no heat) primer. This follow-up has plenty of recipes that involve cooking, but retains the focus on "choosing balanced whole foods over processed, denatured foods" for wellness and for pleasure. To that end, Loux introduces the Ayurvedic system of classifying food, and gives advice on "finding out where it really comes from, and choosing the safest, most nutritious options." She begins with "The True Cost of Food," laying out the number of pounds-per-acre of pesticides used in growing everything from potatoes to strawberries-and cows-as well as the large amounts of fuel used in shipping imported goods and the potential dangers of genetically modified foods. From there, she covers seasonality, macrobiotics, the basics of a whole foods pantry (including safer cleaning products), and clean water issues. The last two thirds of the book is comprised of Loux's recipes for everything from Velvet Nutmeg Nog to Lotus Manitok Wild Rice with Mâche; also included are takes on Sheherd's Pie, Salad Niçoise and Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens. The whole is produced with passion and expertise.
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About the Author
RENÉE LOUX is a celebrated raw foods chef and former co-owner of the Raw Experience restaurant in Maui. She facilitates health retreats and workshops worldwide which incorporate whole living foods into a balanced lifestyle. She lives in Maui.
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All of this being said, I would still recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to live better and impact the environment less.
SO, the lesson here: as with anything in life......use you own best judgement, and don't follow anything as blind religion. The recipes, and her book is fabulous, wonderful, I LOVE it and use it often. Do not be discouraged.
Just use your best judgement for those ingredients that REALLY alter the final taste...salty, sweet, spicy, etc. I have a tendency to add those sorts of ingredients on my own schedule (rather than following exactly what the recipe dictates), so that I can use my best judgement (and my tongue) to determine the amounts that taste good or suite my family.
One thing I really like about this book is that she also includes recipes for home cleansing...glass cleaner, air freshener, etc. Including recipes for items like that if very forward thinking and deserves recognition....she has presented a well rounded book.
Great for reference and everyday use.
My critique of cookbooks usually includes availability of ingredients. While not available in the average grocery store, I was able to conviently find almost everything in Wild Oats. Depending on your cooking style you may have many of these ingredients in your cabinet already.
This cookbook is a guide for healty living and delicious eating. Its a must for anyone's collection.