Eating on the Wild Side

Eating on the Wild Side

By Jo Robinson

  • Release Date : 2013-06-04
  • Genre : Social Science
  • FIle Size : 4.34 MB
Score: 4.5
From 32 Ratings
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Eating on the Wild Side Winner of the 2014 IACP Cookbook Award in the category of "Food Matters."

The next stage in the food revolution--a radical way to select fruits and vegetables and reclaim the flavor and nutrients we've lost.

Ever since farmers first planted seeds 10,000 years ago, humans have been destroying the nutritional value of their fruits and vegetables. Unwittingly, we've been selecting plants that are high in starch and sugar and low in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants for more than 400 generations.

EATING ON THE WILD SIDE reveals the solution--choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants but that also please the modern palate. Jo Robinson explains that many of these newly identified varieties can be found in supermarkets and farmer's market, and introduces simple, scientifically proven methods of preparation that enhance their flavor and nutrition. Based on years of scientific research and filled with food history and practical advice, EATING ON THE WILD SIDE will forever change the way we think about food.


  • Good source of recent nutritional information

    By RachelGatti
    This book offers a comprehensive look at the history of fruits and vegetables, their nutritional content then & now, how to choose the most nutritious varieties, and how to preserve and cook them. The book felt long-winded halfway through, but it is a good book overall. The only thing I can’t understand is why plants in the squash family weren’t covered: pumpkin, squash, zucchini, etc. Maybe there hasn’t been as much research done on them as the other foods mentioned in the book. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in nutrition, health, or gardening.
  • Great, green info!

    By MonicaRae3
    Love the educational journey through the history of real food this book takes you on!
  • Very interesting, but...

    By tjcrebs
    I'm about halfway through the book, and enjoying her focus on nutrition and what veggie varieties to plant in my suburban garden. I've been planting F1 Juliet tomatoes for years, and agree with that tomato recommendation. However, in the section on asparagus & avocados she wrote that inulin is a probiotic. It isn't, it's a "prebiotic" -- a starch that feeds many of our probiotic bacteria and fungus gut flora. Yeah, it's a minor editing error, but it annoyed me that she missed it.
  • Eating on the Wild Side

    By Virginia Hill
    This is one of the most useful books I have ever read. I'm buying copies for all my relatives!
  • So interesting!

    By GutsyGirl57
    Such a fascinating read! I'm not even half way through the book and have made changes to my diet and how I prepare my food. Not a "diet" book, but a book about how to get the most out of what we eat. Has given me much more respect for our food sources too. Read it if you want to improve your health.