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Dec 30, 2017

The Conscious Kitchen


Edited: Dec 31, 2017


· The Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu (‘92). Who of my former students might have written a book? Maybe Lexy Zissu. I googled her name, and indeed she had written several. The Conscious Kitchen could serve as a bible to anyone who values ethical and healthful eating. And like that other bible, it will make you feel guilty. It’s hard to be good, but here are a few take-aways that we all can do: shop at the farmers’ market, at the supermarket, shop the periphery and not the inside packaged lanes, and buy organic. This book raises awareness about what is in our food, what habits could injure the environment, and what kitchen utensils are hazardous. Never preachy, Lexy is categorical on fast food. I felt the brimstone on that one. This book is well-researched and informative. Our marketing behavior can influence the food industry to do a better job of protecting the public (particularly children) and the environment from harm. This book could go a long way in galvanizing shoppers and cooks. I’m the cook for a family of four, and I pledge to do a better job. Food produced closer to home is better; I am sure Lexy will be pleased to know that right now my mangoes and avocados are coming in, and you can eat them right off the tree.


Lexy Zissu
Jan 25, 2018

What a treat to read! I am jealous of your mangos and avocados. I'm so touched you took the time to write this up. I think so fondly of my time with you and Louis Souris and your amazing puppets that got me actively speaking French. Did you know I went on to major in French in college? I worked a bit with Rassias in college and thought of you -- getting people up and actively speaking was something he was focussed on, too. A language is living; you certainly brought it alive. I may not be using my French on a daily basis, but the way I shop and eat, consider my farmers, and feed my family feels somewhat French to me. Or so I like to think. I hope this finds you well. I send you all my best!

Jan 26, 2018

Mais c'est excellent! Yes, I am in Florida. So haooy to hear from you!

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