on 8 May 2012
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.
on 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.
on 15 June 2012
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.