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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bedside Reading: Obscure Ingredients

Once again we turn to Let's Cook it Right (previous insight).
Vintage Cookbooks

"Only a few enterprising women will make the effort to obtain foods not generally on the market. After they have located a source of supply or the food is put on sale because of their efforts, other families soon use the food, and the health of the community is improved accordingly. Hugh Black has said, "The purpose of life is to serve, not to be served; to give, not to get; to love, not to be loved; and to the giver comes the wonder of it, and the joy."
- Adelle Davis, Let's Cook it Right, c.1947, p. 562

Finding refined-sugar free ingredients is a challenge. When I find a source I want to be able to rely on it. I get frustrated, when a store changes their inventory, for example Bi-Rite Market stopped carrying my core baking staple - Maple Sugar Crystals. Luckily I discovered Rainbow Grocery (right down the street from where we live), who stocks Maple Sugar Crystals in bulk as well as on the shelves.

While local is better, I'm glad we live in the age of the Internet and Amazon.

Why Amazon? Amazon offers door-to-door grocery delivery and a subscription service. So guess what will be delivered monthly to my parents' house? Maple Sugar.

Anyone else have Amazon deliver their groceries? What do you think of the service?

Bon Apetit!
Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for Recipes for the Good Life.

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