June 2010

Finally Thin!

Kim Bensen knows what it’s like to be fat. At 350 pounds, she has been there with so many people who struggle with their weight, year after year. In her book, Finally Thin! How I Lost 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off—and How You Can, Too, Bensen describes so many humbling, embarrassing, and telltale moments that those of us who’ve struggled with our weight can groan or gasp or nod with and say, “Yeah, I’ve been there! That is me.” Bensen’s bravery in sharing these stories helps create a bond between her and the reader right off the bat.

What To Eat, by Marion Nestle

Is it a cookbook in the sense that it has recipes with amounts measured out and instructions on how to make dishes? No. But to cook you need ingredients, and to cook well you need good ingredients. The beauty of this book is that it doesn’t tell you what to make, it simply tells you what to use whenever you make whatever you make. That’s valuable. You’ve probably heard of Michael Pollan by now, the journalist who has become somewhat famous for his books about our food system, leading to a set of speaking engagements where he has become a leader in the slow food and organic movements.

On the very top of the cover, it reads: “Absolutely Indispensable.” – Michael Pollan.

So, there’s that.