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What to Eat: Ten Chewy Questions About Food [Paperback]

Hattie Ellis
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3 May 2012
Deciding what to eat is no longer a simple matter of instinct and appetite. Every choice we make about the food we put on our plates is complicated. Is meat good or bad for me? Is buying local always best? Is organic worth it? WHAT TO EAT asks all these questions - and more: some are specific, going back to the nature of particular foods such as milk, meat and fish. Some are more general and challenging, examining the green and the good at a time when money is short and choices matter. The book also offers answers. This is a refreshingly practical guide to the stuff of every day living, from the ingredients up: the cereals for breakfast; the cheese and tomato in a high-street sandwich; the sausages for supper. Journeying through science, nature and the dark arts of the food industry, Hattie Ellis exposes the myths and unveils the truth about how food is produced, what gives us most value for money, what it does to us, and what we have done to it. By the end of each chapter, and of the book as a whole, we find solutions to each of our food dilemmas, and discover a way to feed ourselves that is good - good value, good for the planet and, of course, good to eat.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846272157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846272158
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In What to Eat?, Ellis navigates modern food conundrums, simplifying the landscape of how to eat well and with a conscience, and successfully sorts the wheat from the chaff, interviewing foodies from farmers to bloggers and bringing together a career's worth of research to demystify food for us … Ellis rails against the evangelism of diet books and promotes, among other things, vegetables replacing meat as the centrepiece on our plates. Her arguments are highly relevant and helpful, yet the book feels as much a record of a personal journey as a didactic exercise. She identifies her former self as a disorientated food consumer and she shares her acquired wisdom, helping to map the labyrinth of responsible eating --Observer

Addresses some of the common, but seldom so well examined dilemmas of the ethical and engaged eater ... It s rare to see a book about food politics so well researched, so current, spanning so many issues and so clearly well informed ... this is an excellent book by one of the county s leading food writers and thinkers --Time Out

In her book about food, health, and ethics, What to Eat?, Hattie Ellis hacks her way through the forest of bad science and sad delusions that obscure the great weight debate --The Times

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Hattie Ellis' Planet Chicken won the Derek Cooper Award for investigative writing, 2008; her Sweetness & Light: the mysterious history of the honeybee covered the natural and social history of food; the research for Best of British Fish (Winner, Guild of Food Writers' Award) taught her about fishing and marine ecology, and Eating England took her into social history and farming. She has also investigated diets of all sorts for TV, and worked for the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, exploring the connections between food and health. She writes for newspapers including the Saturday Telegraph, the Guardian's G2 food pages, the Times magazine, FT Weekend, Time Out, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Kew Gardens magazine and also online for the BBC and others

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every household and kitchen should have a copy 8 May 2012
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I've always loved what Hattie Ellis has to say about food and this is an essential book for everyone. Ellis is right to say we are constantly assailed by contradictory information and food dilemmas, and we often don't know where to turn for answers. This book cuts to the quick and strips food back to its basics, its ethics, its tastes and its uses in our lives. It is a kind of roadmap for food, a guide for advice, a well written and accessible gem. We are what we eat and Ellis reveals this in all its different facets. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive, sustaining... and entertaining 13 May 2012
Hattie Ellis's latest book is hugely informative, involving and absorbing. Her strong skill is in taking major topic areas such as sustainable fish or eating 'green' and charting a clear, incisive course through all the key facts and issues in an engaging and enjoyable way. Above all she communicates her love of food and drink, and her huge knowledge about it, but with the sure touch of an adroit story-teller to keep you turning the page. Eating and cooking in the modern world can sometimes seem like a stumble through a minefield of political, moral and health issues - with a blindfold on. This book removes your blindfold.
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Not only is this very informative, with facts presented clearly, but it is in many chapters a great story about the food we eat and the people who produce it. In a lot of situations what we eat or choose to feed our children is a judgement call. Hattie Ellis gives you a tool kit of knowledge to make those judgements, while preserving our passion for food and puts across the hugely enjoyable nature of food. It seems to also be quite a personal book which really brings it to life and strikes a chord with readers such as myself who have kids to feed and waistlines to manage.
I loved it and have no hesitation in recommending it.
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