I had a lovely exchange recently with one of my followers, a UC Berkeley alum (Go bears!), who asked me why I didn’t include the calorie count, or any form of nutritional analysis for that matter, on Cuisinicity. It was an excellent question and one I would like to spell out here.
As a trained scientist, and wife of a nutrition expert, I like to know the nutritional analysis of my recipes. In fact, a few years ago, when I co-wrote a couple books with my husband, I did just that. Everyone of my recipes was analyzed in detail, including calories, protein, sodium, fiber, healthy fat, cholesterol etc. to meet David’s high nutritional standard.
So, indeed, I have been there, done that! But as I was thinking about creating Cuisinicity, in accord with David, I deliberately decided not to bring that “to the table”, quite literally! I decided to focus instead on the way we, as a family, made it work for us all these years.
The formula is simple: “just eat good food” and the rest will take care of itself (get regular physical activity is crucial to this equation but not addressed here). By good food, I mean not only nutritious but also delicious. These two attributes have to go hand in hand so that a person, a family, can sustain eating well without needing to obsess over it.
We know (and actually can all agree on) this very simple premise: The diet that will help us over a lifetime consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and wholegrains – with or without seafood, lean meat, dairy or eggs. THAT’S what you’ll find in my recipes. You can decide how to combine the dishes to fit your own preference, be it vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or omnivorous (you won’t find red meat here because we just don’t eat it in the Katz family–a topic for another day, but grass-fed organic meat is also OK in moderation).
The emphasis in Cuisinicity is about wholesome foods that I put together intentionally to control satiety–using lots of fiber, volume, non-competing flavors stimulating the appetite center in the brain (I elaborated on this in one of my blogs, entitled “Simplify”) so that the end point is feeling full on fewer calories, without having to worry about counting calories per se.
In other words, I want the emphasis in Cuisinicity to be about the unencumbered pleasure of good food that one will love AND will love one back!
I am updating this post to include a presentation I just did at the 2016 22nd Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference at UMass, Amherst where the theme was FOOD IS MEDICINE, FOOD IS LOVE!
I have so much more to say on this topic, so here are some posts of mine that I think will also be helpful: