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Is Raw Milk the Perfect Food?

For many years milk was called the perfect food by many nutritionists.  Recently, raw milk has been re-introduced into the American diet.  There is much debate as to whether this perfect food will be a welcome addition to our diets or whether it will bring back the bad old days when drinking a glass of raw milk was like playing Russian roulette at breakfast.

Pasteurization was introduced in the 1920’s to combat the outbreaks of various diseases caused by drinking raw milk.  The raw milk movement, being promoted by the proliferation of farmers markets, is convinced that the problem was hygiene in the dairies.  Urban dairies sprung up during the industrial revolution and fed cows things like whiskey mash left over from distilleries, instead of grass.  Cows were milked under filthy conditions, producing contaminated milk.  In typical government fashion, the powers that be opted for pasteurization rather than cleaning up the dairies.  The argument for pasteurization now, is that perfectly healthy cows can have pathogens in their systems.  Pasteurization kills all pathogens.

That’s true, raw milk supporters say, but it also kills the perfect blend of complex, heat sensitive enzymes, probiotics, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that have tremendous health benefits.  Pasteurization is throwing the baby out with the bath water.  The advocates say people are healthier when they have access to food raised the way it is supposed to be raised.  The farmers like it because it cuts out the middleman.

Despite concerns, consumption is definitely on the rise, not just of raw milk, but of cultured foods made from it such as cheeses, crème fraiche, sour cream, kefir, and yogurt.  If you live in one of the thirty-nine states where raw milk is legal, you can choose for yourself.  I think I will look for a farmer who drinks his own milk.

Are you going to try raw milk?


Author Inc. Launches The Cooks Palate Blog!

Our blog has been created to discuss book publishing with Cooks Palate authors.   You can subscribe to this blog with RSS or email by using the links provided in the right column of this page.  In appreciation, subscibers will receive a 20% discount coupon for our online store - just in time for holiday shopping.

It's hard to believe that this month is the anniversary of the demise of Gourmet Magazine.  Many of you were first introduced to us in Gourmet in 1996 in our iconic "Publish Your Own Cookbook" campaign and we still hear from most of you today.  If you are using an early version of Cooks Palate, you should know that these versions have been retired and won't work with current Windows versions.  Take advantage of our November Gourmet anniversay upgrade offer to upgrade to the current version for $19.99.  Simply go to the Author Inc Store and use coupon code CPUgrade upon checkout.  Also, remember that Publisher software customers get updates free.  Open The Publisher software and select 'Check For Updates' in the Help Menu.

Would it surprise you to know that The Cooks Palate software is used globally in U.S. embassies, on aircraft carriers, in resorts, in restaurants and in at least one prison? We have published cookbooks for families, churches, cooking instructors, restaurant chefs, innkeepers, vineyards, corporations, charter boats and more.  As we post updates we will share stories of these authors with you so you can see how others realized their book publishing dream.

Some of you have published your books with us using The Cooks Palate Publishing System.  Our system takes an author from recipe development in The Cooks Palate software to manuscript design in The Publisher software, and lastly, to professionally printed library-quality books, distributed by Amazon and other retail outlets.  We were early in embracing print-on-demand books and self-publishing on the Internet.  It is an affordable, author-friendly way to get authors in print with high quality books sold in bookstores.  Our model supports publishing books in other categories including novels, tech manuals, business books and more.  We appreciate your word of mouth referrals and will share some of these stories with you in future posts.

The self-publishing process continues to be misunderstood, making it difficult for aspiring authors to compare options.  This is where our fourteen year experience comes into play.  This blog will help demystify the available options.  Towards that effort, did you know you can contact us to schedule a free, personal consultation for your book project? Just call us at 1.888.238.8377.

Future topics may include best practices for book development, selecting a printer (yes, you do have choices), the best way to distribute your book and everything in between.  In our next post, we will introduce you to author Kathryn R. Kelly and her book Sip, Sizzle, Serve.

So subscribe, comment and be heard.  And just for fun, take a look at our featured author recipes for innovative ideas.  We look forward to the dialog.