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2014 Timberland Reads Together

October 2014


About the author: Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson is a bestselling, investigative journalist who has spent the past 15 years scouring research journals for information on how we can restore vital nutrients to our fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Part of her research involved poring over more than 6,000 scientific studies to uncover the most nutritionally powerful foods available — many of which can be found in supermarkets, farmers' markets, and home gardens.

Robinson’s insights into the benefits of raising animals on pasture have been featured in scores of magazines, newspapers, and radio shows, including Sunset Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Mother Earth News. In addition to researching the health benefits of wild-like fruits and vegetables, Jo has been growing the most exceptional varieties in her garden on Vashon Island. She believes that growing the most nutritious fruits and vegetables in backyard gardens is the wave of the future.

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About the book: Eating on the Wildside

Approximately 10,000 years ago, our ancestors stopped foraging for wild plants and game. They began to domesticate animals and create the very first gardens. Since that time, 400 generations of farmers have continued this practice. Over the centuries, agriculture has caused steep nutrient declines, producing fruits and vegetables that are extra-sweet, large, uniform, blemish-free, but low in flavor, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

The author draws on cutting-edge research to provide advice on the most nutritious varieties of fruits and vegetables to buy, and to plant in home gardens. She talks about how best to prepare, cook, and store produce. Robinson takes us on a journey to learn more about native and created plants. She provides information about which present-day varieties most closely resemble the nutritional values of their wild ancestors, and teaches us how to forage in the grocery store for nutritional bargains.


Eating on the Wildside by Jo Robinson

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