Chances are, in today's calorie-conscious times you know of someone who has considered making some changes in their diet. Whether already on the road to eating more nutritiously or just looking for a few ways to get started on a healthier eating regimen, Jane Brody's Good Food Book is a good place to start.
The book begins with basic information on good nutrition, offering some helpful reasons why we should be changing the way we eat. There is a discussion of the shortcomings of our diets, which includes a back-to-basics notion of eating wisely. Brody also addresses our preoccupation with fat, protein, sugar and salt and the need for cutting back on these abused substances.
The main thrust of the book, though, deals with the essentials of high-carbohydrate health and how we can eat more and weigh less. The section "A New Focus on Starchy Foods" discusses fiber, complex carbohydrates (including pasta, potatoes, beans and grains) and recommends nuts and seeds as quality sources of protein. Low-calorie feasts made of vegetables and fruits, ways of curbing a sweet tooth, and sodium-free seasoning mixes to make at home are are all followed up with a variety of hints to get you cooking more wholesomely.