James Beard Award Winners 2015

The James Beard Award is an annual culinary honor given to individuals and even websites, which have performed outstanding work in the culinary arts. Among the 2015 honorees include author Dan Barber for his book Third Plate: Field Notes on The Future of Food. Martha Stewart won for best cooking TV show for her program Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. The Cookbook of the Year award went to David Sterling for his book Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition. The winner of the Cookbook Hall of Fame award went to Barbara Kafka, an established cookbook author whose books include The Intolerant Gourmet, a book for those with lactose and gluten intolerances and Vegetable Love, a highly researched book about vegetables and vegetable recipes. The winner of the American cookbook category is Sean Brock for Heritage. There is even an award for beverages. This year’s winner is Dave Arnold for Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail. The best Group Food Blog went to grubstreet.com.

These awards are give each year by the James Beard Foundation, an organization named for the late, influential American chef James Beard. Located in New York City, the organization will hold its awards gala for the first time in Chicago, Illinois. There are many links between the award and this city as many winners have been from Chicago. The year 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the awards. Although, located across the country FreedomPop eagerly awaits the results.

New Hybrid Vegetables Available in 2015

Soon the American consumer will be able to purchase two fresh vegetables for the price of one. Talking about some of the new hybrid vegetables that will be available in 2015. New comers like Kalettes, Broccoflower, Broccolini and Rainbow carrots will be for sale in U.S. supermarkets like Whole Foods and Trader Joes in the fall of 2015.
The making of these new hybrid vegetables was a simple endeavor, take two popular vegetables and combine them into one plant. Kalettes looks like a small head of purple kale, but it has the flavor of Brussels sprouts. Broccolflower combines broccoli and cauliflower looks like a pale green head of cauliflower and has the sweet flavor of broccoli with the texture of cauliflower.
Broccolini combines regular broccoli and Chinese broccoli and offers a plant that cooks quicker than regular broccoli because the stems and florets are thinner.
If you love cruciferous vegetables, or like Laurene Powell Jobs just want to increase the natural fiber in your diet, then 2015 will be your year with to fall in love with some new hybrid vegetables.

Cooking Courses Used to Treat Anxiety Disorders and Depression

Recently, some mental health professionals have used cooking courses as a way to treat patients suffering from anxiety and depression. These mental health therapists understand that many people who have mental health issues lead lives that are chaotic and unstructured lives. The cooking courses like the ones that can be purchased through Qnet are believed to help patients by teaching them to establish goals, such as creating a healthy meal, and taking the necessary steps to achieve that goal. Successfully cooking a healthy meal that can be shared with others, instills a sense of confidence in the patients while helping them avoid procrastination and thinking negatively. 

Obesity is a particularly problem because being overweight can lead to a person having a negative self image, which in turn can lead to depression.

Therapists stress cooking healthy meals as a way of avoiding any obesity issues. In fact, learning how to cook healthy meals can help patients lose weight, which will increase their self esteem and lessen any negative feelings that can cause depression. Using cooking courses to treat depression is a good way to help people take control over their lives and over their mental health.

Cooking Classes for Anxiety and Depression

People who suffer from anxiety and depression can find treating their mental issues difficult. Health care specialist Brian Torchin says therapists help patients feel better about their condition with the discovery that cooking classes can actually help ease the mind and reduce depression symptoms. 

Following a recipe allows for people who suffer from anxiety or crippling depression to easily focus on a task that has an immediate reward, which helps reduce their symptoms and give them a feeling of accomplishment. This boosts self esteem in many people and allows them to feel better about other areas of their life. 

With these cooking classes, people can find a whole new lease on life and can find ways of controlling their emotional illnesses without the abuse of medications or therapy. The findings continue to be positive regarding cooking classes and helping with depression and anxiety in many people. 

People can use these cooking classes for therapy in many ways in addition to treating mental illnesses, so they can lead more productive and happier lives.