Title: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
Author: Kathleen Flinn
Subject: Cooking, Food
Publisher: Viking Adult
Release date: September, 2011
Length: 304 pages
I got this book: From the publisher for review through NetGalley.
"The author of The Sharper Your Knife tells the inspiring story of how she helped nine others find their inner cook.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost readers' culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking."
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun to have a peek in the eating habits of the participants and to be able to follow all the changes they made throughout the course. In between the story there are snippets of information about healthy cooking. So not only the participants but also the readers gain the insights on how easy it can be to cook more healthy. In between chapters there are all kinds of easy and useful recipes and I am convinced that there is something to learn for everyone in this book. I do have to admit that I did skip two meat chapters because I couldn't read about how people cut up a chicken. I don't eat meat myself for the very reason that I know where the meat comes from and I don't need another lesson on that ;) I can recommend this book to all foodie book lovers and especially to the people who eat a lot of processed foods. This book is a great eye opener.
I really liked it!
Judith: Did the book inspire you to cook more healthily?
Uniflame: I am not sure if I can call it more healthy because I
already cook out of the box on most occasions, but I do want to expand
what I am doing even further, thanks to some new information in the
Judith: Do you think the women in the book are representative for the
women in our own country (the Netherlands) or do we generally cook
healthier than them?
Uniflame: Yes and no. I do see more and more people cooking from boxes
because they don't know how to make their own pasta sauce but here the
counter movement is already on it's way. I do still think that
families eat more whole foods because of our potato, vegetable, meat
culture but that students and singles live more on processed foods
because that is easier. I think we are right in the middle of the
battle between companies are advertising processed foods at the moment
and the counter movement of eating healthier. It is a bit of a mess
currently in the Netherlands.
Judith: Was there something that surprised you in the book, something
that you had no idea about?
Uniflame: The thing that keeps surprising me when I read certain
American foodie books, is that people can live on their own for so
many years without being able to cook. That fact isn't so common in
the Netherlands. While this fact isn't new to me, it amazes me again
and again. Another thing is the fact that people often don't really
know how food is made. To me it seems rather impossible not knowing. I
don't mean anything bad by this at all, it is just such a huge difference
in our food culture.
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