The Organic Cook's Bible

by Jeff Cox (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Cox (Cellaring Wine), a veteran organic gardener, provides an encyclopedic guide
to organic ingredients from fruits and vegetables to meats and dairy products,
plus "kitchen staples" like coffee, bouillon and flour. Unlike most reference
books, his is filled with personal touches: sidebars like "My Favorite Cherries"
and "Keep an Eye Out for Black Walnuts" tell about Cox's encounters with foods,
and even within the technical portions of the entries—which give information on
nutrition, seasonality, storage, preparation and so on, as well as brief,
fascinating histories of a food's cultivation—Cox often takes a personal
approach. There are recipes using nearly every ingredient, most prepared simply
to highlight a particular flavor, as in potent Rosemary Pesto, but others
incorporate a food into heartier fare, like Caraway-Infused Pork. Though Cox's
frequent pauses to extol organic food's virtues are of the
preaching-to-the-choir variety, his abundant, knowledgeable advice on how to
find and use the best products, and his presentation of special varieties of the
ingredients make this a helpful resource for shoppers who are both bewildered
and excited by the offerings in an ever-expanding field.

From Booklist
A comprehensive guide to foodstuffs, this valuable reference tool empowers the
reader with practical knowledge for identifying and making use of almost every
edible. After a discussion of what constitutes organic food, Cox inventories
vegetables in alphabetic order. Beyond commonplace asparagus, beets, carrots,
corn, peas, potatoes, and their ilk, Cox includes cardoons, crosnes, ground
cherries, and even seaweed. For each entry, he gives a brief history, its
organic cultivation, nutrition, types, seasonality, selection hints,
preparation, and uses. Each citation has a recipe or two featuring the item as
an ingredient. He provides identical treatment for fruits, nuts, seeds, beans,
grains, herbs, spices, meats, dairy products, eggs, and kitchen staples such as
chocolate, oils, flours, and wine. A supplemental chapter covers special
varieties of vegetables and fruits that occasionally appear in markets. A list
of sources complete with Web addresses helps identify organically oriented
dealers. Although Cox openly advocates for organic foods, his encompassing
approach eschews food fanaticism. The wealth of practical information crowding
these pages makes this an indispensable resource.

Product Details

Hardcover: 560 pages
Publisher: Wiley (April 24, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471445789



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