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Stefan Gates on E Numbers

By Stefan Gates
Stefan Gates
'Stefan Gates on E Numbers' is a myth-busting celebration of 'E's--the additives and preservatives that make up Britain's most feared ingredients. Most of the food we eat has them yet we are hugely suspicious of them and believe that they cause everything from twitchy eyelids to colon cancer. In this book Stefan discusses just how bad our food would taste, how wrong it would look and how potentially lethal it would be if we didn't have E numbers. You may not realize that many of the finest foods on the planet (including caviar, fine hams and wines) rely on E's. And if you think nature is good and Es are bad, you'd be wrong: the natural world is awash with dangerous toxins (apples contain cyanide, potatoes contain toxic solanine), yet E number substances make up 99.99% of every breath you take. Stefan analyzes all 319 Es approved for use in food and also talks about labelling issues (how to understand them), how much you can safely eat and what, if anything, is wrong with cheap food. He also investigates the scare stories, allergies and potential downsides of the multi-billion pound food industry. If you don't like Es you don't have to eat them but you should make that choice based on facs not fear. Without E numbers we would not have supermarkets. Without this book you cannot make an informed decision about what you are buying and eating.
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By Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse
Spoon is the brainchild of chef Alain Ducasse, in partnership with hotelier Ian Schrager. It is the restaurant in London's contemporary hotel, The Sanderson, and this book brings together a selection of the recipes on offer there. With more than 200 recipes drawing on American and Latin influences, the book includes dishes ranging from Ceviche to pork or shrimp ravioli, and then on to Youmkoumg soup. Readers can be as subtle or adventurous as they like, and rather than insisting that its recipes should be slavishly followed, the book deliberately encourages creativity, suggesting only that cooks should adhere to a comparable composition of flavours.
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