Eating for Beginners

Eating for Beginners is a book about food, farming and the world’s most stubborn child. It covers the year I spent working in the kitchen at a small restaurant in Brooklyn called applewood, which gets most of its food from small, local farms. There was sweat, there was fire, there was even some pretty good food thanks to the tutelage of Chef David Shea. My kitchen education was punctuated by trips to work on many of the farms that supply the restaurant, where I did things like milk goats, pick spinach, make cheese, and spend almost an entire day on a fishing boat throwing up. While all of this was happening, my older son basically refused to eat anything. And when I say anything, I mean items like bread, pasta, and any kind of meat. He did like yogurt and peanut butter, which is why he’s still alive at the age of 5. It’s a book about learning how to eat and why, whether organic matters more than local, and and that even idealistic farmers take their kids to McDonald’s on car trips. There are also recipes, so you can cook some of the things I made, hopefully without singing off all your arm hair over a commercial stove in the process.

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