Understanding What We Eat and How it Affects Us
The Story of Human Nutrition
"At last here is a book which tells you the whole truth about food! Wendy Cook has brought together an astonishing ensemble of history, culture, aesthetics and recipes related to food. It is a book which unites taste and transcendence." - Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence.
"A rich and sensitive philosophical exploration of approaches to nutrition and the family by a thoughtful woman of our time. A how-to-book with difference - it tells you how to live." - Elisabeth Luard, author of Sacred Food.
"A great testament to one person's struggle to bring meaning to food." - Professor Tim Lang, City University.
"A teaspoon of honey requires 2,000 hours of collecting and transforming by bees. In Foodwise Wendy Cook does the same work of collecting and transforming for us, gathering relevant knowledge about human culture and nutrition that is guided by her wide experience and informed by a love that comes from sharing." - Professor Brian Goodwin, author of How The Leopard Changed Its Spots
Wendy Cook's fascination with nutrition began during her war-time childhood. In the midst of deprivation and food-rationing, the rich abundance of her mother's organic garden made a profound impression. In her twenties, married to Peter Cook, she discovered the artistic and magical effects that food could have in creating a convivial atmosphere. During this period she cooked for many well-known names, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Dudley Moore, Peter Ustinov and Alan Bennett. But it was only later, through her daughter falling ill, that she came to study and understand deeper aspects of nutrition, and in particular the effects of different foods on human health and consciousness.
In Foodwise Wendy Cook presents a remarkable cornucopia of challenging ideas, advice and commentary, informed by the seminal work of the scientist Rudolf Steiner. She begins the volume with biographical glimpses relating to her experience of food and how it has influenced her life. She then presents an extraordinary perspective on the journey of human evolution, relating it to changes in consciousness and the consumption of different foods. In the following section she considers the importance of agricultural methods, the nature of the human being, the significance of grasses and grains, the mystery of human digestion, and the question of vegetarianism. In the next section she analyses the 'building blocks' of nutrition, looking in some detail at the nutritional (or otherwise) qualities of many foodstuffs, including carbohydrates, minerals, fats and oils, milk and dairy products, herbs and spices, salt and sweeteners, stimulants, legumes, the nightshade family, bread, water, and dietary supplements. She ends with practical tips on cooking, planning menus, children's food, sharing meals, and some mouth-watering recipes.
Foodwise presents a treasure of wisdom and experience for anybody with a concern for the content of the food they eat or a desire to discover more about the physical, soul and spiritual aspects of nutrition.
Published in the UK by Clairview Books, May 2003
£18.95; 352pp; 21.5 x 13.5 cm; paperback; ISBN 9781905570232