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Culinate Newsletter October 13 10

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 What a person eats in a day might seem like a dull topic to that person — but to the rest of the world, a diet is a window into a life.

  What I Eat, the new book by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, opens lots of those windows. Together this husband-and-wife team cataloged the daily diets of 80 people from around the world. It's an impressive feat that makes for an engaging book — which itself can lead to great conversations.

 This week, check out Deborah Madison's interview with Faith D'Aluisio about the nuts and bolts of putting such a book together. 

 Happily, we're giving away three copies of What I Eat. In the spirit of the book, we're asking you to leave a comment with everything you ate yesterday over on our contest page. We'll pick three winners from all comments received.

 Your comment might be long, but no shortcuts, people! Here's what I had yesterday, for example: Two cups of coffee with 2 percent milk. Oatmeal with dried cherries and hazelnuts, maple syrup, and a splash more milk; a couple of bites of whole wheat toast; and a glass of cranberry juice.

 Mid-morning, I ate a sweet peanutty bar (that one of these days will go on Culinate). For lunch I had leftovers: steamed potatoes and chanterelles cooked in butter — and the last peach of the season. Mid-afternoon I munched on a few raspberries (also the last of summer), a couple of handfuls of almonds, and a piece of dark chocolate.

 Then it was dinner time: Fresh cranberry beans combined with bits of bacon and sautéed kale and a glass of Pinot Grigio. I think there was a carrot stick too, and I'm probably forgetting a few other bites, since I tend to nibble away mindlessly when I cook. (Sound familiar?)

 I have zero sense of how many calories I ate, and it would take me a long time to figure it out. Calorie counts are just one of the amazing things about What I Eat.

 I'm looking forward to getting a glimpse into your day — via your diet. And I hope each and everyone of you can check out this book, for a glimpse into the lives of others that might tell you more about your own.

 Kim Carlson
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