Title: 50 Best Plants on the Planet — the Most Nutrient-Dense Fruits and Vegetables,
in 150 Delicious Recipes
→ Nibble till it’s gone
Spit it out
This is the book I’ve been planning to write, you know, some day. But Cathy Thomas beat me to it and Angie Cao added stunning photos. No hard feelings, ladies … you did it a zillion times better than I could have.
At its simplest, this is an alphabetical listing of the 50 healthiest fruits and veggies in the world. But it’s so much more than that.
First, this is an absolutely gorgeous book. The colors are bold and eye-catching. The photos are crisp. The layout and design is perfect.
Every entry tells you exactly why it’s one of the healthiest foods you can eat, when it’s available, how to buy it, how to store it, and how to cook it. Then they give you recipes! Mind you, most of the recipes had me drooling, but I’ll tell you right now I’m never going to make “Sautéed Chrysanthemum Leaves with Grilled Tofu.” And you can’t make me.
My only complaint involves some of the calorie counts. If you’ve seen any of my recipes, you know I’m a stickler for the calorie count, presented in a logical way. Not just ’6 servings’, but ’6 one-cup servings’. And if it’s a single item like a grapefruit or a kumquat, I don’t want to know how many calories are in a cup … I want to know how many calories are in each. That’s less work and gives me complete control over my portions.
That said, their book isn’t a weight loss book like mine, so it’s a minor quibble. But darn it, they took my idea and executed the hell out of it so I feel like stamping my foot and being petty for a minute.
Okay, I’m done.
Speaking of kumquats … I’ve always wondered about them and now I’m armed with some practical info and a gentle nudge to try them. For instance, they’re like inside-out oranges — the peel is sweet but the fruit is tart. And this is why they say we should eat them: “Kumquats are sources of dozens of phytochemicals, which together include antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatoy abilities.” Plus, they say kumquats can fight pain.
With my new juicing adventure, I think kumquats will be the next thing I tackle. Unless I can get Cathy Thomas and Angie Cao to do it for me.
Do you eat kumquats? Will you eat them with a fox? Will you eat them at the docks? Will you eat them tossed with rocks? Will you eat them without socks?