Considering how many young people in Pune work in the IT sector, Food 2.0 should be a best seller here. The cookbook is written by Charlie Ayers, who introduces himself as "The Chef who Fed Google" and thats a mighty savvy introduction.For who is not in awe of that group of bright young people who founded one of the most important tools of our time? Obviously whatever was feeding their brains was something good.
"Those Google guys...were curious and adventurous, and wanted exciting flavors. They were from all parts of the country, and all over the world. They were young, most of them recently out of school, and they worked all the time...they barely had time to shower, much less worry about what to eat."
Charlie grew with Google and with them his ideas about food- " I came to believe that we can all eat delicious, clean fast cuisine that is good for us, good for the community, and good for the Earth. "
Fast, Raw and Organic is his mantra and I like it. It works. His tips are great -about keeping fruit cut and ready for use, vegetables cleaned and chopped for snacking or cooking, using different oils for everyday variations in flavour, how to cook pasta well with additions to make it fast and tasty,...every page has a trick you can use right away.
Even for people who are not rushed off their feet the basic advice Charlie Ayers gives, about eating healthy and eating well, is sound.
There are irresistable features like - "Kitchen Essentials",i.e. what you absolutely need in your kitchen, "The easiest meal, ever" i.e.something fast and furious, and "Pick me Up" i.e fantastic breakfast ideas . Plus a host of very useable recipes, from Khmer Spring Rolls to Lamb Korma. There is enough variety here to satisfy the fussiest eater. For those ingredients we cannot get here, like turkey, blue cheese or rye bread , substitutions can be made with other readily available foods such as chicken, baramati cheese or ragi bread.
Here is a taste of Food 2.0. This, for a power packed, filling and healthy breakfast that lasts the whole morning.
(BTW notes in brackets are mine.)
Quick Apple Oaty Thing
3/4 cup rolled oats ( I use Bagry's or Quaker)
1 1/2 cups apple cider or water ( apple juice is good too)
1 small apple, cored and diced
2 tbsp of your favourite dried fruits, chopped if necessary.( I use kismis and pista)
1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp flaxseed oil ( I grind up a tbsp of flaxseeds in a mortar and add it immediately)
Wild blossom honey ( any honey is fine)
A large spoonful of thick plain or vanilla yogurt. ( homemade dahi is good too)
Combine the oats, apple cider or water, apple, dried fruits, and pumpkin seeds in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring until thick and the oats are cooked, about 5 minutes. The apple should have some texture to it. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes
Stir in the flax oil and sweeten to taste with honey. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with the yogurt. Drizzle a little more honey over the top if you want a sweeter finish.
Charlie's gyan- " Oats slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, providing a steady release of energy".
My gyan "- ...Which is why it is good for people with diabetes as well as those with high cholesterol. The flax seed oil is another cholesterol fighter."
This is one practical book that can be put to use immediately by all those hungry young things who have never entered the kitchen at home and are now on their own two feet and dying to feed themselves as nutritiously as Mama always did.
If you are one of that tribe, and even if you aren't, pick up this book . You wont regret it.