Tasty links: Friday’s dinner and my new diet

August 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

On Friday, Smitten Kitchen told us how to make crisp rosemary flatbread. That evening, Luis and I rolled out some flatbread, baked it, and smeared pesto goat cheese on top. It’s as easy to make as she describes. I couldn’t help but to wonder, “Flatbread, where have you been all my life?”

We also had several carrots and a sweet potato we needed to eat before I went to the farmer’s market on Saturday. After Googling a recipe that included those ingredients, I came across the Original Moosewood Carrot Soup Recipe, posted last year by Slashfood. I can’t say enough about this recipe. Creamy, hearty, and flexible. Adjust it to your tastes, or to what you have in the fridge (as we did).

Finally, there was an article I came across this weekend called Unhappy Meals, written by Michael Pollan, the author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, both of which are on my reading list. Unhappy Meals, published last year in The New York Times, discusses how the food industry, nutritional science, and journalism have created the widespread confusion surrounding what humans should eat. Our confusion is evident with each new diet fad, touted by the celeb-of-the-minute, claiming to have unlocked some mysterious, magical secret. Eat low fat (avocado gets the ax). Don’t eat carbs (goodbye, fruit and whole wheat). Consume products fortified with omega-3s (and what of omega-6?).

Pollan’s food mantra is simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” In practice, you’ll find it more difficult since Twinkies aren’t food, according to Pollan’s definition. But not to worry, the last part of the article gives you nine rules of thumb to point you in the right direction. Pollan also claims something I’ve always suspected (without proof or research of any kind on my own, mind you): It’s more effective to eat foods with vitamins already in them, than to take supplements created by extracting various nutrients and mashing them together into a pill. According to Pollan, recent studies show that the vitamin supplements are worthless. It’s a long article, but well-worth the time.

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