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The Organic Food Shopper's Guide: What You Need to Know to Select and Cook the Best Food on the Market Paperback – 22 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (22 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470174870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470174876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cox, a former editor at Organic Gardening magazine, has been promoting organics since long before it was fashionable. Using his 30 years of organics knowledge in this guide–cum–cookbook, he attempts to untangle, for the average consumer, the confusing mess of what to eat. Readers will find concrete advice in this basic primer: the science of organic farming is followed by a product–by–product guide to organically farmed foods that can be found in the market. Organized by food group (vegetables, fruits, protein, etc.), each food is broken down by season—how to shop for it, the reason to buy the organic version, and a simple recipe or two that showcases the strength of the main ingredient. The best answer for the health of humans and the health of the planet is to buy everything organic, and the eventual redundancy of the "organic advantage" paragraph on each food reveals just that; there are only so many ways to explain that the product tastes better and that the farming method doesn′t destroy the soil. The best parts of the book are the informational inset boxes; Cox is knowledgeable about all the food issues facing consumers and these boxes—including information on mad cow, local agriculture, fair trade and food labeling—showcase his expertise. (Feb.) ( Publishers Weekly , December 17, 2007)

"The best parts of the book are the informational inset boxes; Cox is knowledgeable about all the food issues facing consumers and these boxes—including information on mad cow, local agriculture, fair trade and food labeling—showcase his expertise." ( Publishers Weekly , December 17, 2007)

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Why Should You Choose Organic Foods? Organic food has never been more popular, and for good reason: it tastes better, it′s more nutritious, and it′s better for the environment. This handy guide shows you how to select the freshest, tastiest varieties and transform your organic groceries into memorable meals. You′ll find guidance on what to look for when shopping, how to handle each food in the kitchen, and why, when foods are organic, they′re so darn good for you. Here′s everything youneed to enjoy food that you can feel great about eating: Profiles of more than 100 organic foods Complete coverage of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, dairy, eggs, meat, and more At–a–glance advice on peak seasons, nutrition, good varieties, and what to look for Detailed information on preparation, storage, complementary flavors, and kitchen uses More than 100 tasty recipes and dozens of cooking tips

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Redwall on 24 Dec. 2014
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Great background to organic food as an introduction. Much of the book is a reference for organic food including meat and fish etc which I have not read much of yet but the guy has years of first hand experience and really seems to know his stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Companion to the Organic Cook's Bible 13 Sept. 2011
By Chantel - Published on
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So, I feel like I really need to review this book in conjunction with the author's other book The Organic Cooks Bible because I bought them both together, and they are so much alike. The Bible is that...its over 500 pages and has tons of detail and most every fruit, veggie and herb has at least one if not multiple recipes to accompany it. The Shoppers guide, which has a 2 year newer copyright is really a regurgitation/contracted version of the bible, but I will try not to hold that against it since they do compliment each other so well. The shoppers guide has less listings, skipping over fruits, veggies, and spices that I was surprised to see left out. Additionally, there are only 3 recipes in the shopper that are not already in the bible, none of which are crucial. The advantage of the shoppers guide however is its small (6x8 inches) which means it will fit nicely in most purses and can therefore be taken to the store with you. They are both organized in a similar fashion with veggies grouped, fruits grouped, etc. and then alphabetized by category.

I was specifically shopping for cookbooks with more vegetable ideas overall when I chose these. They were even more than what I thought I wanted since not only are there recipes but the volumes of information to help choose was exactly what I was looking for. I grew up in a meat and potato family and married the same. I did get more into veggies, organics and juicing in college but really have veered back to the mainstream diet due to hubbies likes. Honestly I did alot of juicing because I was convinced most of what went in would taste bad if I had to actually taste it. I have been desperately searching for ways to diversify the family diet so that I can incorporate more nutritious foods that taste good.

The bible is a perfect kitchen companion. There are full color pages with pictures of the produce for those of us that don't always know what their food should look like and are trying to learn. The focus is on organically produced ingredients all the way around. There are details about how the produce should look, when it is in season, different varieties available and how to choose. Again, this info is in the shoppers guide as well, but in less depth (and none of the photos). There are easily 4x more recipes in the bible.

Personally I subscribe to the reduce-reuse-recycle plan as often as posssible so buying used was the way to go. As such they were affordable enough that I was not displeased with how much was exactly the same. I am very confident that they will get a ton of use. The expertise of the author inspires confidence that the information is accurate. I am really looking forward to working my way through the recipes.

In addition to these I got the earthbound farms cookbook and Colorado Fit Kitchen (which i really love and would also recommend).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book 30 April 2008
By K. Duffy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I took it out of my library and am about to purchase it from Amazon. The book not only talks about the organic advantages of most foods (veggies, fruit, dairy, meat, nuts etc.) but also lists nutritional benefits, what pairs well with the food, recipes (the few I have tried have been easy to prepare, wholesom and delicious.)and a great resource list. Wonderful book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
References to VEAL a Real Turn-off!!! 31 Dec. 2014
By Geraldine - Published on
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of good information in this book and several recipes that I want to try too. The organization of the different foods could have been a bit better but that was no biggie.

I'm taking 3 stars off for the author's many references to VEAL in this book. That was such a turn-off and seemed so out of place in a book like this. Veal is one of the cruelest forms of raising livestock, shame on the author for not only still eating veal himself but recommending it in this book, in several places. Totally unacceptable, given the subject matter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great 20 Mar. 2013
By sally m. greene - Published on
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Fantastic book!!! I love the way he gives information about each food and then gives a recipe he has used over the years. This way I can buy a new vegetable or fruit and learn about it and have a recipe right there to try.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Organic Food 8 Sept. 2008
By AJD - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great starter for those wishing to learn more about organic foods. Excellent explanation of the differences between organic and conventional agriculture processes. Also includes summaries of many organic crops and products, what to look for, and how to use them. This is a wonderful reference book that I use almost daily.
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