21 May 2009
I finished up Mark Bittman's Food Matters today. It is sort of a diet book but not really. It is really a how-to book for people who've read things by Michael Pollan. With great sounding recipes! It is a very simple idea. Don't eat crap. If you eat mainly veggies, fruit and whole grain, with a touch of meat now and then, you'll have a hard time eating too many calories. Some of the statistics were startling. I had no idea how much soda normal people drink. I have an occasional coke when i'm eating out and i keep a 6 pack in my cabinet for others to drink when they come over. But for many people sodas comprise 7% of their calories.
He also talks about why eating like people did for thousands of years is lighter on the earth. it takes 2200 calories of energy to make 1 can of DIET soda. seriously. fruits and veggies and rice and beans aren't packaged with much and aren't processed much either. Meat is a bit less ridiculous but seriously inefficient. and not very nice.
Should a book I intend to buy automatically be a 7? I'm provisionally giving a 6 but i may revise my rating if the recipes are as good as they look!
I thought i'd post a few pictures of my balcony garden. Here's before
and here it is now.
and a couple of inside views.
I am growing peas, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, peppers, several flowers, basil, dill, and thyme. I want to get a mint plant and then that is it.