Wendy Cook's fascination with nutrition began during her war-time
childhood. In the midst of deprivation and food-rationing, the rich
abundance of her mother's organic garden made a profound
impression. In her twenties, married to Peter Cook, she discovered
the artistic and magical effects that food could have in creating a
convivial atmosphere. During this period she cooked for many
well-known names, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Dudley
Moore, Peter Ustinov and Alan Bennett. But it was only later,
through her daughter falling ill, that she came to study and
understand deeper aspects of nutrition, and in particular the
effects of different foods on human health and consciousness. In
"Foodwise", Wendy Cook presents a remarkable cornucopia of
challenging ideas, advice and commentary, informed by the seminal
work of the scientist Rudolf Steiner. She begins the volume with
biographical glimpses relating to her experience of food and how it
has influenced her life. She then presents an extraordinary
perspective on the journey of human evolution, relating it to
changes in consciousness and the consumption of different foods. In
the following section she considers the importance of agricultural
methods, the nature of the human being, the significance of grasses
and grains, the mystery of human digestion, and the question of
vegetarianism. In the next section she analyses the 'building
blocks' of nutrition, looking in some detail at the nutritional (or
otherwise) qualities of many foodstuffs, including carbohydrates,
minerals, fats and oils, milk and dairy products, herbs and spices,
salt and sweeteners, stimulants, legumes, the nightshade family,
bread, water, and dietary supplements. She ends with practical tips
on cooking, planning menus, children's food, sharing meals, and
some mouth-watering recipes. "Foodwise" presents a treasure of
wisdom and experience for anybody with a concern for the content of
the food they eat or a desire to discover more about the physical,
soul and spiritual aspects of nutrition.
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