Walter and Dorota Trupp, Victory Books (MUP), $34.99
UH, OH. For those who’ve felt a little self-satisfied throwing a bag of millet or buckwheat flour into the supermarket trolley, along come the Trupps to spoil the party by telling us we really should invest in our own grain mill and ”flaker”. Launching their Prahran cooking school last year, Mr Trupp, world-renowned chef, and Mrs Trupp, nutritionist, have pooled their collective talents again, this time producing a great take-home resource for those wanting ”optimal nutrition” from their diet. Mostly a cookbook with tasty-looking recipes resplendent with wholegrains, pulses, organic fruit and vegetables, it’s also a bilingual dictionary that pits food manufacturers’ use of words such as ”natural” against a nutritionist’s translation. Ever wondered what ingredient E953 was? If you would prefer not to know, this might not be the book for you. The highlight is the chapter on fruit and vegetables. The only criticism? Wondering at times whether it was actually an ad for Le Creuset.
February 21, 2012