Welcome to my food blog!
Have a look around. You will find many new food ideas, recipes and tips and tricks in the kitchen. I will be posting yummy food outings, meals, snacks and desserts. Information on food documentaries as well as food issues I am concerned with in the press and the news can be found here.
Why? Because it’s FOOD – something we all purchase, consume, taste, cook, are obsessed with, and crave countless times a day. It’s wonderful, makes us happy, nourishes us and it pretty nice to look at- why wouldn’t you be interested?
Ok, now if you want to get a jump start on eating better there are many food documentaries that will help. Just watching one will most likely shock you and put questions into your mind that won’t escape you quickly. You will also learn more about capitalism and consumerism and what companies you might want to stop buying from. I stopped buying bottled water a couple years ago for obvious reasons concerning global warming, landfills, health reasons as well as concerns with our oceans. Plus, it seemed like such a huge, lazy waste. Only later did I find out the health problems that coincide with consuming bottled water. Also, for instance: I no longer buy anything from ‘Tyson’ and ‘Perdue’ as well as products from the super huge corporations. And, most people are in denial and will refuse to watch anything on animal cruelty within corporations and some farms. Why, I’m not sure? Bizarre is a good explantaion of how most people blindly go to the grocery store and chuck hundreds of products into baskets knowing ZERO about where it came from and how it ended up in those neat little wrapped packages.
You will find yourself seeking out local farmers markets for food and little organic depots instead of always trekking to your local grocer chain. I find myself attracted to the organic aisles in those supermarkets now more than the regular aisles. Why? They contain mostly whole grains, foods high in antidioxidants, foods that are not highly processed and ones that contain other healthier protein options. You will also find healthier baking options, gluten and sugar free foods as well as new drinks on the market that are void of sugar and insane amounts of caffiene for energy. Ultimately the documentaries will probably slowly force you to change your habits as they are more easy for people to digest. Why most people shun reading on informative subjects like your health, food and watching documentaries is beyond my understanding. They are usually more exciting and informative than the latest hollywood blockbuster. Most films listed below can be seen through NetFlix or on the internet for free. You can also get plenty of information about the film by logging on to the official site. Videos marked with an ‘*’ were exceptional and maybe should be watched before other. Here is a great list I have watched to start on:
1- *Food Inc. http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php
2- *Food Matters http://www.foodmatters.tv/
3- The Future of Food http://www.thefutureoffood.com/
4- *Dirt, The Movie http://www.dirtthemovie.org/
5- Food Stamped http://www.foodstamped.com/
6- Super Size Me http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390521/
7- Fresh http://www.freshthemovie.com/
8- Forks Over Knives http://forksoverknives.com/
9- Food Fight http://www.foodfightthedoc.com/
10- Killer at Large http://killeratlarge.com/
11- King Corn http://www.kingcorn.net/
12- Our Daily Bread http://www.ourdailybread.at/jart/projects/utb/website.jart?rel=en
13- Ingredients http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/
14- *Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ Awesome!
15- A link to “Sweet Misery.”
Excellent documentary showing how dangerous artificial sweetener Aspartame is. From its history, to its effects this video is enough to shock anyone into really looking at their food labels next time they shop. Aspartame is a toxic food that came into the world as an investment by Donald Rumsfeld, while ignoring the deadly effects the tests showed. Take a good look at this video, it could save lives -watch for free! (A note: this is an older video that is tediously repetitious, all you really need to watch is the first 40 minutes or so to hear the important information, the rest of the video is just countless proof examples of people’s experiences.)
16- How to Cook Your Life http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/how-cook-life/trailer
A very interesting account on life and cooking by a cooky american zen teacher, Edward Espe Brown. He demonstrates cooking as well as commenting on topics including anger, quiet, gleaning and waste, battered pots, and how he found his vocation. A focus of his is to demonstrate how to bring one’s self to cooking and to others simultaneously. He quotes often from two masters, with several examples of Zen wit.
These are great to begin with, but there are MANY others!