Taste the GOOD in food!
Industrialized food has brought more than historical profits to the food industry. Documentaries and media coverage link it to the sad fact that 78.8 million people in the U.S. are obese (and growing in industrial nations worldwide), with the current generation of adolescents—who will not live to be older than their parents for the first time in history—paying the biggest price.
Personal chef and cookbook author, Elaine Good, believes that the media coverage addressing the dietary crisis skirt the main problem while targeting part of the issues. The $80 billion diet food industry hasn't worked so far, because diet food plans do not teach how to change a lifestyle, but rather hook participants on their gimmick.
While working at hotels, hospitals and celebrity events in Los Angeles, Elaine (born allergic to dairy developed hypoglycemia in her teens and most recently developed a gluten intolerance), began to develop gluten, dairy, sugar and salt-free recipes for herself. Even fellow chefs responded with "What's left?"
Not surprisingly she found that once you remove the bread, cream, cheese, sugar and salt from food you can actually taste it!
As a personal chef at market research facilities—in addition to creating organic meals for her corporate clients—Elaine conducted taste tests for everything from fruit to hotdogs. Her gluten, dairy, sugar-free meals were so well developed that she tried them out at the office to see if these dishes could pass her clients' high standards; it’s one thing to think you’re eating ‘diet food’ and another to compare it to what we think of as classic comfort food and fine dinning. When these dishes were met with unsolicited rave reviews she felt confident enough to use her recipes as a personal chef preparing calorie-based meals for a celebrity client whose movie roles required quick changes to his build. This added another level of demands to her skill-set, one that Bradley Cooper, a self-proclaimed foodie, greatly appreciated six times a day.
As she was getting more and more demands for her specialty recipes, Elaine decided to build a website: www.good2eat4U.com as the foundation for a lifestyle that is better in every way: better for you; better tasting; better energy; and with or without food sensitivities, what ‘we’ eat is better.
Exasperated with the "I don't like that" response when her grandchildren looked at vegetables on a plate while filling up on cheese, bread and salty snacks, Elaine got creative in a whole new way. Appreciating the demands of food sensitivities to her rule of ‘what we eat is better’ she added ‘more fun’. That is how her new cookbook series for children, Let’s Play With Food happened.
Let’s Play With Food – Celebrate the Seasons is Elaine Good’s first in a cookbook series for children, aimed at 2-8 year olds (and their caretakers). By encouraging children to help prepare their own meals, which are fun cartoons on a plate, the child learns the smell, texture, sound and flavor of real food instead of packaged foods. By serving steamed and raw foods to young children, their palate is developed to prefer the healthy natural flavors of produce and proteins instead of the salt/sugar masked flavors of snack, fast and junk foods. Handling the food into well-balanced plates of inspired images puts food into the natural category of nutritional servings: by their color. As children read easy-to-follow recipes they are encouraged to tell stories of the characters they are making on their plate. This bonding experience at mealtime cannot be replaced by eating in a car.