Sam Kass, former chef to the Obamas and White House food policy advisor, makes it easier to do a little better for your diet–and the environment–every day, through smart ways to think about shopping, setting up your kitchen so the healthy stuff comes to hand most naturally, and through 90 delicious, simple recipes.
This book lays out Kass’s plan to eat a little better. Knowing that sustainability and healthfulness come most, well, sustainably when new habits and choices seem appealing rather than drastic and punitive, Kass shares his philosophy and methods to help make it easy to choose, cook, and eat delicious foods without depriving yourself of agency or pleasure. He knows that going organic, local, and so forth all the time is just not realistic for most people, and that’s ok–it’s all about choosing and doing a little better, and how those choices add up to big change. It’s the philosophy he helped the Obamas instill in their home, both in Chicago and that big white one in Washington.
About the Author
SAM KASS was senior policy advisor for nutrition policy in the Obama administration and is currently senior food analyst for NBC News, as well as an advisor to several food technology start-ups. One of the former First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, Sam was the executive director of her Let’s Move initiative, and helped her create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Christian Domschitz in Vienna.AUBRIE PICK is a food, portrait, lifestyle, travel, and interiors photographer whose work takes her around the world. She has shot several notable cookbooks, including Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings and Charlotte Druckman’s Stir, Sizzle, Bake. When she is not behind the camera, she can be found hiking the hills of her hometown of San Francisco with her scruffy dog, perfecting her spicy tandoori chicken soup, and plotting her next road trip.
Beautiful book. I was surprised by the simplicity of the dishes. Kass’ style is simple preparations of nourishing food, with easy, perfect techniques that develop a lot of flavor. It’s good for you, feel good food, and it’s yummy. It’s all family pleasers. The kids have enjoyed the dishes as much as my husband and I. Who’s this book for? I’d recommend it to anyone that wants nice healthy, nourishing food without cutting anything out. The recipes are on the easy end of the spectrum, and my kids love them, so I think it’s a good fit for anything from someone’s first apartment to the experienced cook. My thoughts and pics on some of the dishes I’ve tried… 1) Fried Brown Rice with Turnip, Avocado, and Sprouts – p 233. Everyone loved this fried rice, and it’s easy enough that my kids could make some for lunch. Total keeper. This was the spring version. He has summer, fall, and winter versions as well. 2) Roasted Kale with Tomatoes and Garlic – p 58. We love kale chips, but the tomatoes and garlic really make them pop. This was gone before I even had dinner on the table. 3) Lucky Pasta – p 189. Spinach and basil pesto-y goodness with chicken. 4) Barbecued Chicken – p 177. Fabulous and easy barbecued chicken. 5) Beer-Braised Pork Shoulder – p 201. This is what I call a mother recipe. You make one big flavorful roast when you have oven time, and eat it as a roast the first night, then use the leftovers in a few recipes he has just for this pork recipe for the next few nights. The roast is delicious. If you’re a baker, you’ll laugh, because the fragrance is so familiar. The caraway, onion, and garlic in the braising liquid smell just like everything bagels. My kids walked in and thought I’d made bagels for dinner. 6-7) Apple and Leek Sauteed Sweet Potatoes – p 129. Okay, Sam’s pic is way cuter than mine because he used red apples and left the peel on them. I’ll probably do that next time. I used a peeled granny smith like the recipe called for, and it was delicious, and easy, but not half as photogenic. 🙂 8) White Bean, Pork, and Greens Soup – p 204 (with leftover braised pork). Yummy, uber nourishing, and ready in 15 minutes. 9) Rigatoni with Pork Ragu – p 202 (with leftover braised pork). Really easy and good! Some others I have flagged to try: Charred Cabbage with Spicy Aioli – p 61 * Balsamic Roasted Eggplant – p 69 * Chile-Roasted Corn with Scallions and Lime – p 70 * Charred Broccoli with Lime, Fish Sauce, Basil, and Peanuts – p 77 * Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Grapefruit, Watercress, and Pecans – p 80 * Herbaganoush – p 99 * Mustard Green Salad with Pecans and Honey-Lemon Dressing – p 112 * Spinach, Currants, Pine Nuts and Balsamic Sauteed Sweet Potatoes – p 126 * Shallow-Fried Catfish with Collards, Poblano Salsa, and Red Beans and Rice – p 143 * Grilled Clams with Shishito Peppers and Lemon – p 152 * Slow-Roasted Salmon with Barbecue Sauce and Swiss Chard – p 155 * Grilled Ribeye with 4 Sauces – p 217 * Quinoa for all the seasons – p 238 * Farro for all the seasons – p 243, and the same for wild rice, bulgur, and couscous. *I received a copy to explore and share my thoughts.
I gave this book to my mother in law as a gift last week, and it truly did wonders to repair our relationship. It helped her to see me as the sophisticated and cultured son-in-law she has always wanted. Showed her that I care about the health and quality of life of her daughter and myself. Total win. Ordering another copy now.
Not only a great cook book, but also a tremendous guide to better human health with thought provoking sustainable ideas!
- Title: Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World
- Autor: Sam Kass
- Publisher (Publication Date): Clarkson Potter (April 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0451494946
- ISBN-13: | 978-0451494948
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