-" Gastronomica, Fall 2001
"Part expose, part consumer guidebook, this carefully researched and readable work highlights the connections between the food we eat and the conditions of its production. In doing so, it offers practical advice on how the average shopper can contribute toward both a healthier food supply and a more sustainable environment.."
-E (Westport), Allentown Call, James E. McWilliams, April 2001
"Recommended for public and academic libraries."
"To counter these environmentally damaging trends, Cooper shows how farmers, cooks, and concerned-citizen groups are striving to grow and market food that is sustainable, safe, and healthy. An appendix of resources offers the reader ways to learn moe about sustainable agriculture and environmentally sound practices. Recomended for public and academic libraries.."
-Ilse Heidmann, San Marcos, TX
""Bitter Harvest offers some fascinating reading about the history of agriculture and the politics of food and power.."
From the Inside Flap
Passionate, informed, political, and engaging, BITTER HARVEST is filled with cautionary facts and statistics that every consumer should know, such as:
-- Nearly 80% of commercially processed chicken is infected with salmonella.
-- Within ten years, nearly 95% of the food on the grocery store shelves may be consumed within twenty minutes of getting it home.
-- Research bears out that 40% of cancer cases are diet related and 80% could be prevented through healthy diet and exercise.
Throughout, Cooper argues that we must begin to change everything from the way food is shipped to the basic components of our diets and offers a comprehensive analysis of the issue of sustainability. In BITTER HARVEST, this knowledgeable chef emerges as a political voice to be reckoned with, and her manifesto is a must-read for anyone concerned with health, nutrition, and the future of our food.