Ever wonder why your stomach restaged the Battle of Bull Run just after a lovely home cooked meal? Or what went wrong with your favorite dish at that much loved restaurant? A new book says those issues suggest a bigger-picture question: Is the food supply really safe?
According to authors Claudia Del Vecchio and Barry Grey, the answer is: not even close. Public health data back up the authors’ contention that food-borne ambushes can come at any meal. Chew on this unsettling little factoid from the Centers for Disease Control: each year, one of every six Americans gets food poisoning. That’s forty-eight million people!
It’s no stretch that sooner or later, you’ll be a statistic too, becoming mildly or majorly ill. Worse, food poisoning isn’t always one-and-done. Some cases lead to devastating, chronic, sometimes fatal illnesses. Protecting yourself from gastro-harm is the whole point of “Eat Clean, Eat Safe: Dodging Food Dangers and Learning to Shop for, Prepare and Love Healthful Meals Anytime, Anywhere You Go!”
The new book, by Los Angeles-based nutritionist Claudia Del Vecchio and writing partner Barry M. Grey stirs in a heaping, healthy helping of humor to what could otherwise be a pretty dull subject.
“I wanted to write the kind of book that I personally would want to read,” Grey told the 50 Plus Report in an interview. “So that meant a minimum of Latin jargon and clinical med-speak, and as much light humor as I could get away with. “But in doing so, we never shortchange readers on stuff they absolutely need to know to avoid food poisoning-type illnesses. And some are more than mere temporary pests—some can kill, while others can cause permanent paralysis and many other maladies that can destroy a person’s quality of life forever.”
And it’s true that “Eat Clean, Eat Safe” is more than a savvy, authoritative guide—it’s also a rollicking good read. Using everyday language and real-world examples, the book demystifies myriad perils to the palate. But the diet and nutritional guide goes far beyond just describing what it calls “microbial miscreants, scary superbugs and other gastronomical gross-outs.” The 158-page paperback also dishes up smart, practical, easy-to-follow advice and valuable checklists to ensure safe dining anywhere you go.
“It’s the handy helper you keep in the kitchen,” co-author Del Vecchio chimed in during the interview. “You can also stow a copy in the car console for dine-out nights. Or, stash one in a travel bag for easy reference when you’re on the road. It’s especially useful when you’re staring down a mystery meal in some exotic place overseas.”
Well, it’s probably easier and cheaper to simply buy the Kindle version just once and keep it on your phone.
Del Vecchio is certified dietitian, nutritionist and ACE certified fitness trainer and a recognized, credentialed food safety instructor associated with the National Restaurant Association. She has been honored with the Role Model Project Award from Methodist University-Reeves Business School for her entrepreneurial efforts.
Grey, who has turned author after thirty years as nonfiction TV writer-producer, is a twice Emmy-nominated former newsman. He credits an easygoing writing style to the eleven years he spent making television programs for E! Entertainment Television.
“Eat Clean, Eat Safe” also covers food safety for infants and pets, and contains solid advice on shopping, cooking and eating smart at the holidays. The book also tells readers what to watch for at farmers markets, fairs and food trucks. There are valuable tips for beach goers, road and air travelers and “Eat Clean, Eat Safe” practically is a primer on how to “eat clean,” the whole foods philosophy that’s practically a cottage (but not cottage cheese) industry.
The book is breezy, with irreverently entertaining film references and outrageously funny footnotes. For example, the authors describe how a “little rasp” (file) can be used to grate fresh nutmeg, a source of vital nutrients to lower blood pressure and boost good health in other ways. Then in a footnote, the authors add: “For a bigger rasp, Rod Stewart’s music is available via download and CD.” It’s that kind of silliness that makes the book a surprisingly fun read.
“Eat Clean, Eat Safe” is available for $13.95 through Amazon.com
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT