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Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid
by Melanie Rehak

Published: 2010-07-08
Hardcover : 288 pages
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Melanie Rehak always loved cooking, eating, and sharing food with loved ones. After reading the likes of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Wendell Berry, she tried to buy organic and local foods. But upon the birth of her son, Jules, she realized that she was responsible for feeding ...
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Melanie Rehak always loved cooking, eating, and sharing food with loved ones. After reading the likes of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Wendell Berry, she tried to buy organic and local foods. But upon the birth of her son, Jules, she realized that she was responsible for feeding someone else, and she wanted to know more.

Eating for Beginners details a year of discovering what it means to be an eater and a parent in today's complicated world. Rehak harvested potatoes, milked goats, sorted beans, and worked at a small restaurant where she learned what to eat and why, that even the most dedicated organic farmers sometimes serve their children frozen chicken fingers, and that we really can make peace with our food.


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With grace, humor, and irresistible recipes, the author of Girl Sleuth takes us on her journey as an amateur chef, amateur farmer, and amateur parent Melanie Rehak was always a passionate cook and food lover. Since reading the likes of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Wendell Berry, she'd tried to eat thoughtfully as well. But after the birth of her son, Jules, she wanted to know more: What mattered most, organic or local? Who were these local farmers? Was it possible to be an ethical consumer and still revel in the delights of food? And why wouldn't Jules eat anything, organic or not? Eating for Beginners details the year she spent discovering what how to be an eater and a parent in today's increasingly complicated world. She joined the kitchen staff at applewood, a small restaurant owned by a young couple committed to using locally grown food, and worked on some of the farms that supplied it. Between prepping the nightly menu, milking goats, and sorting beans, Rehak gained an understanding of her own about what to eat and why. (It didn't hurt that, along the way, even the most dedicated organic farmers admitted that their children sometimes ate McDonald's.) And as we follow her on her quest to find the pleasure in doing the right thing--and become a better cook in the bargain--we too will make our peace with food.



A Recipe From Eating for Beginners: Carrot Purée

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Wash or peel the carrots and chop them roughly; circles are fine.

2. Place carrots and butter in a frying pan (preferably not nonstick) over medium heat.

3. As butter melts, stir constantly so that the carrots caramelize and don't stick to the pan. You want them brown but not burned--about fifteen minutes.

4. When carrots are nicely caramelized, remove them to a blender and add heavy cream.

5. Blend on low, pressing carrot mixture down as it purées, so that it all gets blended together. If it seems too thick, you can add a bit more heavy cream to loosen it up (this is really personal preference, but you don't want it too runny).

6. Remove the carrot purée to a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste, folding it in as you go.





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