Monday, September 22, 2014

Word on the Street books for foodies

Do you love to read cookbooks or books about health and diets and healthy living?  Then you should have spent the day at Word on the Street this past Sunday around Queen's Park in Toronto.

I sat in on a full afternoon at the Penguin Random House Living Well Tent.  
I missed a couple of sessions and caught the tale end of Tosca Reno's talk and I walked in just as she was talking about going to the bathroom but hey it's all about your health and that's a big part of it. Tosca has written many books about Clean Eating and is an expert fitness trainer.

The weather cleared up in Toronto just in time for the Word on the Street Festival to start for the day and it the blue sky and beautiful warm weather stayed throughout the whole time of the festival.  God must have been a reader or mother nature wanted some time sitting in the sun with a good book.

The day was moderated by host Gillian Deacon, she is one of Canada's best-known environmental writers, an award-winning broadcaster and host of Here & Now (Toronto) on CBC Radio One. She is the author of the bestsellers There's Lead in Your Lipstick and Green for Life. Her most recent book is a memoir, Naked Imperfection, about her experience with breast cancer. Gillian lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.

Tosca Reno is an internationally known nutritionist, weight loss specialist, fitness trainer, motivational speaker and bestselling author. Her Eat-Clean Diet book series has sold more than two million copies worldwide. Tosca speaks approximately ten times per month all across North America, and appears at book and health events, bookstore signings and school events several times a year

Julie Daniluk is the bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation, and the co-host of Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Julie has appeared on The Dr. Oz Showand is a resident expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and Reader’s

Julie and Peggy spoke about food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies and the boom of gluten free diets and how they both got into their respective fields.

Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching real health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. Peggy spent many years as an investor, and then realized her passion for nutrition and healthy eating was her true calling. Peggy is dedicated to promoting long-term health and vitality. And she’s on a mission ... to make REAL health mainstream! @bevibranthealth  Her Book is Kitchen Cures


Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer, and the creator of, an award-winning blog with a focus on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. In previous iterations of her so-called career, she’s been a record store shift supervisor, a scrawler of “happy birthday” on bakery cakes, an art therapist and a technology reporter. She likes her current gig—the one where she wakes up and cooks whatever she feels like that day— the best. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is her first book. Deb lives in New York City with her husband and delicious baby son.   

Deb demonstrated spaghetti squash tacos while answering questions from the audience and speaking about her new apartment move and cooking for her family.

David Sax is a freelance writer specializing in business and food. His writing appears regularly in the New York TimesBloomberg BusinessweekSaveurThe Grid and other publications. His first book,Save the Deli, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and won a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. He lives in Toronto with his family, and looks forward to many cupcakes, or Cronuts, or whatever food trend comes next  His current book is Tastemakers.

David spoke about the food trends that catch on because of culture or marketing.  He spoke about the trend in the 80's for muffins compared to the current trend of cupcakes and the New York success of the Cronut that was copied throughout the world.   Foods come and go in their popularity over generations, like the 70's popularity of fondue and current trends for popups and chefs that are trying to push food further or if someone creates something new they become the expert that people begin to copy.

It was an interesting afternoon listening to all of their perspectives about the food industry and health and trends.  

I realized after attending these panels that i already have a lot of their books.   The only one I didn't have a book for was Peggy who was new to me but her book Kitchen Cures looks very interesting.

I have David Sax's book on audio so I was able to listen to the whole book but still working on going through the other books.  I am much slower to read through everything as I am usually busy working on this blog for you to read.  If you have some time and interest pick up some of their books and learn a thing or two about food and maybe try a few good recipes too.

1 comment:

  1. The only person I've heard of is Julie Daniluk and Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, but I do not have any of their cookbooks. I still manage to eat pretty healthy without spending money on all the pricey cookbooks however. The only person I really was interested in checking out was Deb Perelman but I couldn't go to "Word on the Street" as I had to go to the airport and pick up my mom.


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