I grew up in Dorchester, England, and every Wednesday I accompanied my Mum to our local outdoor market. We visited the butcher and the fishmonger, the vegetable hawker, and the fruit man. I helped her shop for our family of six. We had a tight budget, but somehow she made it work and cooked up lovely meals of fresh meat and two veg (as we say in England) every night of the week. Because we were shopping at community markets and our food was coming from local fishermen, ranchers, and farmers, we were in essence eating a sustainable diet consisting of seasonal and locally raised meats, fruits, and vegetables. Did we know it? Of course not. It’s just how it was, and how I grew up. We, as a planet, need to go back to these basics. In this website, my TV work and my new book, I’ll offer ways...More+
We need to go back to these basics. In PLANETOPLATE, I'll offer ways people can make choices to make a positive impact. Eating sustainably doesn't necessarily mean buying organic all the time. It doesn't even mean always eating locally raised foods. It means making the smartest choices on a consistent basis, given the various factors at play–just like my mum did. Think of sustainability as a hand of cards. With every new hand, the cards change–just like ingredients change all the time depending on the season, the market where you're shopping, and the part of the country where you live. Based on your hand, you make the best decisions that are within the realm of reasonability. You assess the situation. You contemplate your options. You play the hand you're dealt.