The Liberation Wellness Home Cooking
Available from www.liberationswellness
This video makes a very good companion to the Liberation Diet book which was reviewed in these pages in September 2009 and given a thumbs up.
Having read the book and learned the value of good fats and the dangers of too many starches, many people are often flummoxed as to how to put together a meal that incorporates these principles. And these are the people who already know how to cook whole foods from scratch! Add to them the legions who have never done more than microwave or order take out and you have an enormous audience who will benefit from this video.
In a clear and easy going manner Maureen Diaz shows us how to prepare complete, satisfying meals without undue demand on our time or budgets. One of my favorites is the broccoli fritatta. An entire meal in one bowl, taking minutes to assemble, it is offered as a breakfast option, but could well be served for lunch or dinner. After eating a portion of this, I feel confident that the dubious will realize that they do not need to load up on bread or potatoes to be satisfied.
This is not to say the video demonizes carbohydrates. In fact, there is a demonstration for properly preparing porridge. Maureen merely shows us how to dine beautifully with somewhat fewer starches and how to replace those calories with more nutrient dense ones from good quality fat.
Most of the basic WAP principle foods, such as bone broths and cultured dairy are included. Organ meats are hidden in a meat loaf. It is all there, without a lot of fuss or bother.
There were a few mentions of other recipes, such as one for homemade ketchup, that had clearly not made the final cut. This was only slightly disconcerting; a minor editing flaw that could be easily avoided in future episodes, which I hope will be forthcoming. Because once this one has been fully digested, I am sure the viewer will want more. THUMBS UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2010.