the appetizer:

Lucid Food: Cooking For An Eco-Conscious Life by Louisa Shafia, includes recipes like Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches; Crispy Yuba Rolls with Lime-Mustard Dipping Sauce; and Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year's Soup with Beans, Noodles, and Herbs).



Lucid Food
Cooking For An Eco-Conscious Life

by Louisa Shafia

Lucid Food
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Words like organic, seasonal, and local are on everyone's mind these days, but how do we integrate food politics into a daily practice that is convenient, affordable, and delicious? In Lucid Food, sustainable chef and caterer Louisa Shafia shows eco-conscious home cooks how to "green their cuisine" by making earth-friendly food choices, sourcing animal products ethically and responsibly, supporting local food, and reducing one's carbon footprint through urban gardening, preserving, composting, and more.

With nearly 90 healthful, seasonal recipes, Lucid Food guides home cooks toward making earthfriendly choices about what and how they prepare meals. This focus on mindful habits is clearly on trend. To name only a few examples, the Obama Administration has turned part of the south lawn of the White House into an organic produce garden. The Edible Estates project, started by artist Fritz Haeg, encourages homeowners to grow their own food in their front yards instead of using pesticides to achieve the perfect green lawn. Many dairy farms have returned to selling milk in reusable glass bottles with refundable deposits while major retailers are encouraging shoppers to forgo disposable plastic bags and return to the custom of bringing cloth bags for shopping. Conservation consciousness is steadily finding a new voice in this generation.

Packed with tried-and-true methods for putting a beautiful meal on the table while keeping a clear conscience, Lucid Food explores eco-conscious topics like composting, growing your own food, finding animal products produced using sustainable methods, and low-waste shopping and entertaining. The book is organized by season, to show off the best ingredients each part of the year has to offer. Some of the elegant, healthful recipes that follow nature's cycles are:

  • Kale Salad with Avocado, Almonds, and Toasted Nori
  • Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup
  • Persian Stuffed Dumpling Squash with Rose Petals
  • Crispy Yuba Rolls with Lime-Mustard Dipping Sauce
  • Oven-Roasted Dungeness Crab with Fennel and Orange
  • Indonesian Corn Fritters
  • Stuffed Poblano Chile Peppers
  • Black Walnut Tea Cake

Promoting simple, delicious meals and green lifestyle ideas, Lucid Food celebrates the pleasures of in-season cooking that is healthy, honest, pure, free of additives, and transparently made, from source to table.

About the Authors

Louisa Shafia is the founder of Lucid Food, an eco-friendly fine catering company based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and has worked at noteworthy restaurants in both New York and San Francisco, including Aquavit, Pure Food and Wine, Millennium, and the former Roxannes.

  • Lucid Food
    Cooking For An Eco-Conscious Life
  • by Louisa Shafia
  • Ten Speed Press 2009
  • $22.50; paper; 208 pages; full-color photographs
  • ISBN-10: 158008964X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58008-964-7
  • Information provided by the publisher.

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