Natural Family Friday- 1/22/15

Natural Family Friday - weekly linkup and blog hop for natural and real food bloggers

Welcome!

Welcome to Natural Family Friday where we feature information, how-to articles, and recipes that help our families live a bit more intentionally. Our goal is to help every family take steps toward creating a natural, Eco-friendly home, utilizing natural remedies, eating healthy foods, and practicing positive, attachment based parenting. If you're a blogger, we invite you to share one of your articles or recipes that will help readers and fellow bloggers.

Your Hosts

The following blogs host Natural Family Friday every week. You are welcome to linkup at any of these blogs each week. If you linkup at one blog, your link will be displayed on all blogs!

This Week's Featured Articles:

Every week we feature the top 3 posts from the previous week's linkup. Make sure you vote for your favorites this week! 1. Homemade Hot Sauce by Little Fall Creek
Homemade Hot Sauce by Little Fall Creek - Featured at Natural Family Friday
  2. Millet Porridge by Natural Fit Foodie
Millet Porridge by Natural Fit Foodie - featured at Natural Family Friday
  3. Flourless Energy Cookies for Lactating Mamas by Vintage Kids | Modern World
Flourless Energy Cookies for Lactating Mamas by Vintage Kids | Modern World - featured at Natural Family Friday
 

Natural Family Friday Linkup

Here's what to link to...
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Natural / Green Living Tips
  • Attachment Parenting Info
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • Natural Health and Remedies

Natural Family Friday Rules:

  1. Please only link to posts that are relevant to natural living. No giveaways, product promotions, diets, religious posts, etc! These will be automatically deleted.
  2. Recipes must contain only real food ingredients. No artificial sweeteners, food additives, etc.
  3. Please update your post with a link back to this post (not our homepage). Something like "This post is featured at Natural Family Friday" will suffice.
  4. Please link to a blog post, not your blogís homepage.
One more thingFollow us on Pinterest where we will pin our favorite submissions to the Natural Family Friday pin board.
Don't forget to spread the word :)

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Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes (Book Review)

Be sure and check out our GIVEAWAY while you're here.


I've been a huge fan of Jennifer McLagan's ever since I first discovered her fantastic book, Odd Bits a few years back. One thing I particularly love about her writing style is that every book she writes is not only a collection of masterful recipes, but it is an entire education in the history, lore, and science of whatever edible subject McLagan has chosen to tackle.  

With her latest book, Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes, McLagan does not disappoint. Because of my love for her other books, I eagerly awaited the arrival of this one. I incessantly checked my mail box... Needless to say, my anticipation was well worth the energy. This book did not disappoint. True to form, McLagan has again composed a work of art. 

As the cover hints, the book is stunningly photographed, and I almost want to get a second copy just so I can rip some of the pictures out and frame them in my house! (I'm not even joking....) 

But, not only is the book gorgeous, it is, like all McLagan's books, truly educational. I learned so much from this book, not just about how to cook with bitter foods, but just random, fascinating information that any true food geek would enjoy. 

Here are just a few examples of things I learned: 

  • Children have a natural aversion to bitter foods as a survival mechanism against toxic substances
  • Artichoke is a thistle
  • Most "dandelion" you find at market is actually chicories
  • Horseradish has nothing to do with a horse and comes from the term harsh or strong
  • Grapefruit is relatively new to the citrus family-- an accidental cross between an orange and a pomelo
  • Japan has more than 400 words to describe food texture, English has a mere seventy-seven
  • Food has less taste in an noisy environment
Fascinating, right? That's why I love Jennifer McLagan's books so much! You learn so much about so many different things. 

And as far as the recipes go? I have a long list of ones I am excited to try, but I know I am definitely going to be making my own tonic water here pretty soon! I also want to try, among other recipes, the Turnip and Fava Bean Stew, Olive Oil and Orange Pound Cake, anything with cardoon once I can find some, Lamb with Dark Chocolate Pepper Sauce. The list could go on, but you get the idea. 

If you like food, if you like food history, and if you like learning random, fascinating tidbits about both, I cannot recommend highly enough all of Jennifer McLagan's books.

Also by Jennifer McLagan






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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Natural Family Friday - 1/16/15

Natural Family Friday - weekly linkup and blog hop for natural and real food bloggers

Welcome!

Welcome to Natural Family Friday where we feature information, how-to articles, and recipes that help our families live a bit more intentionally. Our goal is to help every family take steps toward creating a natural, Eco friendly home, utilizing natural remedies, eating healthy foods, and practicing positive, attachment based parenting. If you'e a blogger, we invite you to share one of your articles or recipes that will help readers and fellow bloggers.

Your Hosts

The following blogs host Natural Family Friday every week. You are welcome to linkup at any of these blogs each week. If you linkup at one blog, your link will be displayed on all blogs!

This Week's Featured Articles:

Every week we feature the top 3 posts from the previous week's linkup. Make sure you vote for your favorites this week! 1. Immune Boosting Chia Seed Drink Recipe by Lady Lee's Home
Immune Boosting Chia Seed Drink Recipe by Lady Lee's Home - Featured at Natural Family Friday
  2. GAPS Diet Story by Purposeful Nutrition
GAPS Diet Story by Purposeful Nutrition - featured at Natural Family Friday
  3. Slow Cooker Rosemary Roast by Raia's Recipes
Slow Cooker Rosemary Roast by Raia's Recipes - featured at Natural Family Friday
 

Natural Family Friday Linkup

Here's what to link to...
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Natural / Green Living Tips
  • Attachment Parenting Info
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • Natural Health and Remedies

Natural Family Friday Rules:

  1. Please only link to posts that are relevant to natural living. No giveaways, product promotions, diets, religious posts, etc! These will be automatically deleted.
  2. Recipes must contain only real food ingredients. No†artificial sweeteners, food additives, etc.
  3. Please update your post with a link back to this post†(not our homepage). Something like ìThis post is featured at Natural Family Fridayî will suffice.
  4. Please link to a blog post, not your blogís homepage.
One more thingFollow us on Pinterest where we will pin our favorite submissions to the Natural Family Friday pin board.
Don't forget to spread the word :)

Pin it:

Natural Family Friday - weekly linkup and blog hop for natural and real food bloggers

Now for the Links!