Planet Kitchen Table rests on my belief that the most delicious, healthy meals are made from fresh, seasonal, pesticide-free food supplied by local farmers who are committed to sustainable practices. My goal in creating this book was to provide a readable and entertaining blueprint to help you prepare flavorful dishes “from scratch” ― following food seasons, appreciating nature’s bounty and sharing with family and friends.
What sets Planet Kitchen Table apart from many volumes in this genre are my personal insights and anecdotes drawn from my life-long culinary journey. These stories reflect my dedication to my readers’ health and to the well-being of Planet Earth, and I hope they enhance the credibility of my varied and user-friendly recipes, which include family-oriented one-dish wonders, updated classics, creative gourmet entrees, and fast, fresh, easy meals.
During my three decades of cooking, catering, research and writing, I have developed two key values in preparing fresh food: it must be seasonal and it must be innovative. These are the values that prevail in Planet Kitchen Table.
The book is designed to help you understand the importance of knowing where food comes from and how you can make healthy and sustainable food choices. It also conveys the powerful benefits of serving food that is whole, real, seasonal, local and well-prepared. My purpose is not only to provide excellent recipes but to transform the way you ― and your family and friends ― feel about preparing and eating great-tasting food.
Today’s tremendous renewed interest in traditional cooking with locally produced ingredients makes now the perfect time for Planet Kitchen Table. Thanks to the exploding knowledge and awareness of how diet affects health, millions of Americans are turning away from fast, inexpensive and unhealthy food choices, looking instead for farm-fresh and home-prepared. At the same time, thanks to greater concern for the environment, we are reducing our fast-food indulgences (and their wasteful packaging) in favor of home-cooked meals, served with eco-friendly, china, glass and flatware. Whether shared around your formal dining room table or at your kitchen counter, the meals you cook at home are much more likely to be nutritious and satisfying ― as well as far less taxing on your budget and the environment ― than store-bought, carry-out, drive-thru or prepared food.