THE FOOD SLEUTH HANDBOOK by Sandra K. & Heidi S. Hurwitz Friday


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Unintimidating nutritional advice, supported by recipes, aimed at the average ""gatekeeper"" of the family kitchen. The authors, who publish a regular Food Sleuth newsletter, summarize the recommendations of the US Senate Dietary Goals--and apprise those still uninformed of the health hazards associated with too much fat, salt, sugar, and additives, and too little complex carbohydrate. They suggest changes in everyday family rituals (cookies for comfort, steak houses for outings) that convey ""food messages"" to children; they guide readers through the jungle of food labels and food label laws; they list the sugar, salt, and fat content of a number of familiar prepared foods; and they make specific suggestions for gradually reducing intake of these ingredients and for replacing convenience foods with staples. The recipes--for a shake 'n' bake substitute, hamburger skillet supper, sloppy Joes, cheese spreads, and shakes, with a few bean dishes smuggled in--are designed so that people accustomed to supermarket convenience foods won't notice the change in taste or preparation time; and there are cooking tips that result in cutting the fat content of familiar dishes. The writing style (""switchin' in the kitchen,"" ""put less deli in your belly"") is about one step up from ""Dear Heloise""--which no doubt reflects the authors' aim of reaching those statistical masses who continue to respond to catchy ads and packages while ignoring more zealous messages of enlightenment.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1982
Publisher: Atheneum