April 19, 2009

Eating well KP cookbook released

Today the great new cookbook, Eating Well In Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook, gets released. It will now be available in bookstores and has been available already on Amazon. Kaiser Permanente partnered with Eating Well on this book because they have a good, basic philosophy about food. They offer recipes that are easy to prepare, use a lot of fresh, seasonal ingredients, are very tasty and can be made at a reasonable cost.

I was privileged to be able to collaborate in writing the introduction for the cookbook and tell the story of Kaiser Permanente’s journey toward focusing on good food as fundamental to good health. What really sold me on Eating Well was a visit to their test kitchen in Vermont. They have several “normal” stoves ---- gas, electric and cook top. They use “normal” pots and pans, the kind most Americans have. They test every recipe using a combination of pans and stoves to insure that what they publish will work for anyone. And they offer all kinds of recipes to give choice for all. They use meat, fish, poultry, lots of fruits and veggies, and even occasional canned ingredients. Unlike some cookbooks that only offer certain kinds of foods or foods that fit a particular diet, they are more pragmatic. They simply recommend that people eat good fresh food and not too much.

The book also has tips about buying organic, stocking your pantry, and helpful “how to” tips for the kitchen. There are beautiful color photographs that show what the recipes could look like (I don’t think I have ever made anything that looked like the pictures though it has tasted good). I’ve cooked a number of recipes from the book myself and am looking forward to cooking many more. I think you would find it to be one of those books you come back to over time.