Food Reporting Syllabus
Assignments 55 through 60

Craig Claiborne's The New York Times Food Encyclopedia
compiled by Joan Whitman
published by Times Books, New York

Review Forthcoming


Bonus 67:
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking
by Craig Claiborne
published by Times Books, New York
© 1987
Review Forthcoming

Bonus 68:
The Chicken Soup Cookbook
by Janet Hazen
Chronicle Books
© 1994

This is the only book that actually jumped into this mix. If for no other reason, consider it a medical text.

Bonus 69:
The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat:
Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance
by Thomas McNamee
Free Press
© 2012

Review Pending

Fasting as a Way of Life
Everything You Need To Know About Fasting
by Allan Cott, M. D,
With Jerome Agel and Eugene Boe
Bantam Book
© 1977 by Jerome Agel

The leading line for chapter 20, The Joys of Fasting... fasting is easier than any diet.

This book needs to be updated and re-issued by Bantam Books.


Bonus 70:
Good Food from a Small Kitchen
by Moira Hodgson
Prentice Hall Trade
© 1989

Review Pending

Bonus 71:
Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens
by Jennifer Schaerti
© 2010

Content Pending

Star Bonus 8:
I Hate To Cook Book
by Peg Bracken
Fawcett Publications
© 1960

Review Pending

  Grump reading about Fasting 'bout this... Mahatma Gandhi threatened a fast-to-the-death when he wanted to free his India from the yoke of British domination... in his era of the recent century that was called civil disobedience...Gandhi was revered in India as the Father of the Nation...he was jailed many times and with each incarceration he passed on any food other than water... he was vegetarian all his life for both religious and health reasons... Gandhi was assonated 30 January 1948, gunned down by Hindu fanatic. An irony? Yes.

Wikipedia on Ghandi

When class is called to order: A screening of the
1982 film Gandhi with Ben Kingsley in the star role.

Fasting Information: Email Fasting Center International, or by phone, 818-590-2536 between
10 a.m. and 4 p.m. California time; Director Dennis Paulson.
5 a day
The Health Cookbook
Savor the Flavor of Fruits and Vegetables
by Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka and Barbara Berry
© 2002

A notice up front: This book is intended as a reference volume only, not as a medical manual.

That is a wide departure from the book above, Book 56.

A reviewer's suggestion: Page 162, Scandinavian baked halibut dinner, 30 minutes or less.

The reviewer's advisory: Pass on Page 152, Sesame chicken kebabs.


Bonus 72:
Vegan With a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Da Capo Press
© 2005

Today Vegans are a force and must/should be served. While Vegans have yet to be fully served in the public tough, many continue to serve themselves by cooking at home.

Pending expansion in the public sector, a tested and known Vegan authority, Isa Chandra Moskowitz's 284-pager may be the answer... and a quick source for food writers.
(Credit Inspiration: Mary Rathké)

Pleasures of the Good Earth

Review pending


Bonus 73:
The Vegetarian Handbook
Eating Right For Total Health
by Gary Null
St. Martin's Press
© 1987

This is the product of a lengthy research. In the preface one gets a list of audiences the author wants to reach:

People with food allergies
Health professionals
Researchers and journalists

This scholarly work was chosen for this syllabus by a member of the last... a journalist who practices vegetarianism at least one day a week. That one-day diet consists of whole grain cereal, a modest pour of whole milk, a banana or peaches in season, sink food all day such as grapes or cherries in season, vegetables, fruit juices and hot PG Tips tea with honey and lime juice. This approach is for health reasons, not political.

Advisory: For whatever position you have relating to Vegetarianism, best to flip open this book and begin with Page 114 -- Chapter 15, Reverence for Life. The first two paragraphs may set the tone for doing the entire 259 pages followed by a comprehensive index.

An extended review is forthcoming.

The Meatball Cookbook Bible
Mouth-Watering Variations on One of the
World's Best-Loved Foods
by Ellen Brown
Cider Mill Press
© 2009

Restaurant critics should never comment on meatballs. A reviewer, yes, provided he sticks to exactness of ingredients, never deviating from the recipe as provided by the cook and certified by two members of the family owning the joint. Otherwise...

Ellen Brown begs to differ. Here, she has provided 3.2 pounds worth in 500-plus pages.

An extended review is forthcoming.

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
by Robert C. Atkins, M. D.
Avon Books
© 1992

Here's the famed and hotly discussed Atkins Diet in more than 400 pages. It is suggested reading because of the controversy created in 1972. Dr. Atkins fought weight problems all his life. He read a research paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association and later said that was his inspiration to create a diet to lose weight. When he published his plan it was his personal low-carbohydrate diet.

Millions bought his two books. More millions bought into the diet-related products sold under his name. Without comment it is suggested as a course study for any food writer. For all debating material needed, go to Wikipedia and scroll down to References. Numbers 17 through 25 tell the story. Titles such as... Jury Still Out On Low-Carbohydrate Diets and... to the business angle of Atkins empire... Atkins Bankruptcy a Boon for Pasta Makers tell his story from start-up to collapse. Therein is another story waiting for movie treatment.

Editorial Comment: In his 400-page New Diet pitch. Atkins waited until page 256 to pen this line: "Since I thrive on controversy, I haven't mentioned exercise." The huckstering doc scammed his readers for those first 255 pages.

He never read Richard Simmons or Jane Fonda.

The Atkins Nutritional Approach on Wikipedia


Bonus 74:
Breaking the Fat Pattern: The Diet Detective's Plan to End the Cycle of Yo-Yo Dieting
by Charles Stuart Platkin
published by Plume
© 2005
Review Forthcoming

Bonus 75:
Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America's Low-Carb Craze
by Michael Greger, M.D.
Lantern Books
© 2005

Content Pending

Bonus 76:
The Starch Solution:
Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health and Lose the Weight for Good
by John A. McDougall M.D
Rodale Press
© 2012

Review Pending