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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.)
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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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470174870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470174876
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first eight years of my life, I was a suburban kid in Manhasset, New York. Then we moved to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania where I learned to hunt, fish, eat wild foods, and swim in pristine waters of spring-fed creeks. Then I lived in Manhattan. So I'm at home just about anywhere. My experiences in the country, though, were the most important, leading me through newspaper and magazine work to Organic Gardening magazine, where I developed a love of gardening and landscaping. Now I'm a wine writer for many magazines and the restaurant reviewer for Northern California's newspaper of record, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, here in the heart of the Wine Country. I'm also a contributing editor to The Wine News and Horticulture magazines. I've written 18 books on food, wine, and gardening,--many of which are available on Amazon.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chantel on September 13, 2011
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim Duffy on April 30, 2008
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AJD on September 8, 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally m. greene on March 20, 2013
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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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine on December 31, 2014
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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.
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By Msdee307 on December 14, 2012
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This is the first organic book I purchased & I love it. I reference back to it all the time and it even has some wonderful recipes inside!
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This book was very informative and I feel confident that I can buy top quality food after reading it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. Pagiatakis on December 25, 2008
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This is a great resource for anyone (such as myself) trying to improve their quality of life by gradually changing over to a more organic approach. There is no overwhelming 'do it now because you're ruining the planet' approach ... just thoughtful, reasonable information and tools to help you make the transition. VERY well done!
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