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Beatrice Peltre's La Tartine Gourmand

The first time you pick up Beatrice Peltre’s La Tartine Gourmand: Recipes for an Inspired Life, I’m willing to bet that the adjectives that spring to mind are: "lovely," "elegant," or "delightful." Boston resident and French expat, Beatrice Peltre, is an award-winning master of French cuisine, as well as an accomplished photographer and food stylist – and it shows. See for yourself:
  Some cooks need photos with their recipes, and some don't.  If you're the kind of cook that does, you'll no doubt be entirely impressed, as well as inspired, with the quality of Beatrice Peltre's shots.  The Indigo Blog is pleased to share this piece from Beatrice herself, on her journey with food that led to this cookbook’s creation. *** I grew up in rural France, in a family in love with food. It's assuredly one of our favorite topics of conversation whenever we meet. My mother, grandmothers and aunts all kept vegetable gardens with orchards, so as a young child I spent a lot of time helping them there, during les grandes vacances (summer vacation), when fruit and vegetables were plentiful. My mother always cooked every one of our meals; so somehow, I took for granted that this…

Indigo Recipe Test: Cook This Now

I believe in the virtues of failure. There, I said it. Not every minute of every day because that would be unbearably tragic. But I flounder and fail often in the kitchen - and that's a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I consider myself a good cook and a very good baker but this was accomplished through years of hockey-puck cookies, dry turkeys, bland soups and shellac-like pie crusts. Perhaps it's all the sporty years of yoga and running, but I view obstacles, hiccups and failures as a natural (and necessary) part of the learning process.  "When most people practice they focus on the things they can do effortlessly. Expert practice is different. It entails considerable, specific, and sustained efforts to do something you can't do well - or even at all. Research across domains shows that it is only by working at what you can't do that you turn into the expert you want to become."  - Matthew Syed, Bounce (an excellent book that looks at the underpinnings of genius across multiple disciplines.) I don't want or need to be an expert cook. I want something more elusive: to be a skilled home cook, a Kitchen MacGyver. Kitchen…

Timothy Caulfield's The Cure For Everything!

When it comes to health, not believing everything you read (and perhaps half of what you hear) is probably not a bad idea.  How many times have you had a friend tell you that one food is good for you, and another trusted source tell you that was all wrong? Or conflicting information regarding how to work out, or concerning sleep, or alcohol consumption … the list goes on and on. Timothy Caulfield is here to here to help inform, debunk and educate.  In The Cure for Everything, Caulfield provides data, evidence, as well as thoughtful and humourous analysis, about what we are all told about wellness and fitness.  Caulfield has written a Freakonomics for the health industry – or, the only honest health book published in recent memory.  The one that tells you that there are very few single true answers for all people. But let’s let Timothy tell his own story.  We’re pleased to share this blog from Timothy himself:
When It Comes to Health, the Twist is Everywhere! I’ve been working in the area of health policy my entire academic career – almost two decades of researching everything from genetics to stem cell research to obesity. …
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