Why: What a very interesting film! I don't know if you've seen the movie “Food Inc.,” but the creators of that film are also behind “A Place at the Table.” It offers a view of food issues in America that most foodies ignore and is certainly worth a look if you're interested at all in the foods we eat.
How it works: From the film company: “50 million people in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.”
Where to buy: www.Amazon.com (after June 25)
•Calorie Bargain: “Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Cookbook,” by editors of Better Homes & Gardens magazine
Why: This beautiful book includes 300 fantastic recipes with gorgeous color photos along with nutritional information. I have a bit of a “thing” about healthy recipe books providing nutritional information — not just calories, but the entire profile.
How it works: From the publisher: “As the farm-to-table movement grows, more people every day are choosing to cook healthier meals using fresh local foods. 'Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Cookbook' presents 300 easy and creative recipes for getting the most out of your area's seasonal produce. No matter where you live, this book shows you how to prepare simple, delicious meals using the very best fresh ingredients available to you.
“You'll find recipes for snacks and appetizers, breakfast, salads, soups, casseroles, main dishes, meatless meals, sides and desserts. Plus, you'll find super-simple one-pan recipes, as well as a detailed, illustrated produce guide to help you pick the freshest and most delicious fruits and vegetables in your area.”
Price: $21.38 (on www.Amazon.com)
Where to buy: www.Amazon.com or www.BN.com
Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate and founder of DietDetective.com.