Craig Fear and His New Book!

October 27th, 2015 by

Craig FeCFar, Clinic’s own digestive health specialist is here to talk to us about his new book “Fearless Broths and Soups.” I see a lot of photos online of Craig posting his delicious meals– and by the looks of it, this man can cook! I’m very excited that he has put all his best recipes into a cookbook. Let’s chat!

 

Hi Craig, This is so cool, you’re second book! Tell me about it!

Fearless Broths and Soups coverIt’s called Fearless Broths and Soups and the tagline is Ditch the Boxes and Cans with Simple Recipes for Real People on Real Budgets.  It’s all about teaching people to make bone broths in the traditional manner, like their grandmothers used to make.  Bone broth is a very trendy food right now but I don’t think it’s trendy in that it’s just a fad.  It’s definitely here to stay.  It’s only been in the past 50 years or so that it’s disappeared from our diets and people have been using these fake canned versions which are heavily flavored with chemicals.  Real bone broth is a staple food in almost every culture on the planet.  So because a lot of folks are new to it, especially younger people, I help demystify the process of making it.  And then I have dozens of simple 3-step soup recipes which use broth as a base.
When did your book come out?

Late August of this year.  Perhaps not the best time to launch a book about hot broth and soup.  Haha!  But it was well received and it’s doing pretty well.
That’s great. It always gets cold again in New England. I know you are a wealth of knowledge for your clients. How did you get into this? How have incorporating bone broths affected your personal health?

Well I had digestive issues for many years.  I didn’t even know what a bone broth was until I encountered the traditional food movement, which helped me understand better what to eat and why.  So bone broth is an essential part of that movement and while I can’t say it was the only thing that helped heal my gut, I think it was a big part of it.  Bone broths, made the right way, slowly simmered, leach out a lot of gut healing nutrients like minerals, amino acids and gelatin. And then I just started using them a lot more because they’re just so practical to incorporate on a regular basis.
Practical? How?

Well it takes just as much time to make a quart of bone broth as it does, say, 20 quarts.  I make broth in large batches, freeze a lot of it, and then usually make one big pot of broth-based soup per week that I use throughout the week for simple, reheatable meals.  It seriously reduces the amount of time I spend in the kitchen, prepping, cooking and of course, washing the dishes.

That makes sense. I tend to eat better when I cook in bulk, and it does make meals quicker when the prep is already done. My animals are always lurking about when I’m in the kitchen. Could you use these broths for our pets for their health?

Absolutely!  I give Lipton, my roommate’s golden retriever, a little broth with her food too.  Dried dog food (especially the grain-based brands) is really not the ideal food for a dog.  Ideally, they should eat a raw diet of raw bones, raw meat and even some veggies.  That’s their natural diet.  Of course, that’s not inexpensive or easy to do so I do the best I can for Lipton and supplement with things like bone broth.  I wrote a series of blogs on this topic if anyone is interested.  The first one is at http://fearlesseating.net/stop-feeding-your-dog-commercial-dog-food/

I also have a fun Youtube vid where I show people how to make some free dog treats from bone broth:

Who would benefit from this ?

For starters, people with digestive health issues!  Many people are now doing Paleo-esque healing diets like GAPS, AIP, Whole 30 and others which promote bone broth as an essential part of the diet.  But of course, so many people, especially those age 40 and under, never grew up making bone broth.  So my book teaches you how to do it and then how to take those broths and make dozens of simple soups.

And then just anyone who wants to expand their repertoire of soup recipes.  I have 5 chapters with different types of soups – asian noodle, creamy vegetable, simple sausage and meatball soups, seafood soups (which use fish broth) and broth for breakfast recipes.

Would bone broths be a way to transition away from medication or chronic digestive issues?

It’s certainly a part of that transition.  Again, they’re easily digestible and have so many healing properties to them. But that being said, there’s more to healing our gut than just incorporating bone broth.  Removing harmful foods like heavily processed foods, sugary foods, foods you may be unaware are harming you (gluten, dairy, soy, etc) and incorporating other gut-healing foods like good quality fats and fermented foods is part of it too.  That’s what I help people do in my private practice.

Do you have a favorite recipe from the book?

Oooooh, tough question!  I have so many favorites – a hearty sweet potato coconut soup, an Italian meatball soup that’s to die for and a cioppino that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.   But I have an entire chapter for Asian noodle soups and they’re probably my favorite recipes. When I was in Burma I fell in love with a traditional noodle soup called mohinga. I’d say that’s probably my favorite.  It has all those quintessential southeast Asian flavors that which are so amazing when they all meld together in a bowl of soup – lemongrass, banana stem, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, lime, chilies, cilantro.  It’s just sooooooooo good!

What else is in the book?

It’s a 4-part book.  Part I kind of sets the stage for the recipes.  I explain why bone broth comes from REAL markets and not supermarkets.  Boxed and canned broths, even the organic ones, are a far cry in both flavor and nutritional quality from real broths made at home.

Part II delves into the 5 most basic broths to make at home.  Part III is broth for breakfast recipes with chapters on simple broth and egg recipes, congee recipes and savory oatmeal recipes.  And then part IV are the rest of the chapters with the soup recipes I mentioned previously.

Anything else you would like to share?

Yes, I have print copies for sale at Clinic.  And of course, you can find it on Amazon right here: http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-Broths-Soups-Recipes-Budgets/dp/1516962346

 

Go get it! It’s definitely a good book to have in your collection. Thanks Craig for taking some time to share!

 


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