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Eating for Beginners : an Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid - REHAK MELANIE

Eating for Beginners

an Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid

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Published: 1st October 2011
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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.

"Hilarious, moving and full of life, Eating for Beginners restores joy to its rightful place at the dinner table. Melanie Rehak's absorbing journey will appeal not only to people who want to spend less time worrying about what to cook, eat, or feed a family, but to those of us who are looking for a way to feel more confident in all of our choices. Whether she's picking kale or picking Cheerios off the floor, Rehak is always excellent company." -- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project "Hilarious, moving and full of life, "Eating for Beginners "restores joy to its rightful place at the dinner table. Melanie Rehak's absorbing journey will appeal not only to people who want to spend less time worrying about what to cook, eat, or feed a family, but to those of us who are looking for a way to feel more confident in all of our choices. Whether she's picking kale or picking Cheerios off the floor, Rehak is always excellent company." -- Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project" "Hilarious, moving and full of life, "Eating for Beginners "restores joy to its rightful place at the dinner table. Melanie Rehak's absorbing journey will appeal not only to people who want to spend less time worrying about what to cook, eat, or feed a family, but to those of us who are looking for a way to feel more confident in all of our choices. Whether she's picking kale or picking Cheerios off the floor, Rehak is always excellent company." -- Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project"

Introductionp. 1
In the Beginingp. 13
We Eat That We arep. 31
Candied Orange Peelp. 44
Jicama Slawp. 45
What is Cheesep. 47
School for Chefsp. 64
Oblique-Cur Caramelized Parsnipsp. 77
Meet the Farmerp. 78
Puffed Cayenne Ricep. 94
Corn off the Cob with Garlicp. 96
Lucky Me, Lucky Youp. 96
Lucky Dog Creamed Spinachp. 114
Into the Frying Panp. 115
Easy Flip Raisin French Toastp. 128
Not So Easy Flip Crab Cakesp. 128
One Fish, Two Fishp. 130
Lobster à l'Américaine à la Steve and Melaniep. 147
Pasta with Delicata Squash, Sage, and Pine Nutsp. 148
Night Shiftp. 150
Rich in Imperfectionsp. 170
Brined Turkeyp. 185
Jean's Brussels Sproutsp. 186
Away in a Mangerp. 188
Pasta with Bacon, Farm-Fresh Eggs, and Creamp. 212
Lucy's Osso Buccop. 213
Farm to Cleverp. 215
No-Grill Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegarp. 230
Out to Seap. 232
Pan-Roasted Sardines with Caper Butterp. 254
Seasickness Curep. 255
Sweetness and Lightp. 256
Under the Bed Almond Cookiesp. 272
Melanie's Prune Bread Puddingp. 272
Acknowledgmentsp. 274
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ISBN: 9780547520353
ISBN-10: 0547520352
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32