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Exclusive: Mariel Hemingway Chats With Ecorazzi About New Cookbook

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marielskitchen2Get out your noisemakers – it’s an Ecorazzi Exclusive!

Mariel Hemingway and I met just a few weeks back when I hosted a live interview with the star at the Go Green Expo here in NYC. Long story short: we rocked the house something silly!

And so, because we were such a great team at the Expo, I thought, “ Why not give our readers a little bit of the Hemingway/DuDell saucey sauce?”

Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life is Hemingway’s new book and available for pre-order TODAY! Learn a little bit more about the author in our exclusive interview below and share your thoughts!

Ecorazzi: Most people know Mariel Hemingway as an actress and model. How did you first get interested in green living?

Mariel Hemingway: I grew up in Idaho and nature was always a part of my life. It’s where I felt most comfortable and connected to myself. I’ve always loved the outdoors, so becoming an ecologically conscious person was a natural segue.

E: What would you say is the first step to becoming a more environmentally aware person?

MH: For me, the first step is to take care of your body and focus on what you eat and where your food comes from. It starts with making sacred space on the inside and letting it bleed into your daily existence. Then you can create sacred healthy space on the outside.

E: The answer to so many of the world’s largest problems revolves around this little word called “health.” Define, in the most comprehensive way, what the word “health” means to you.

MH: Health is consciousness. It’s how you show up in the world — how you move, eat, breath and feel about who you are as a human being. It’s more than whether you have a cold or a disease. It’s about an attitude of awareness and how you feel deep inside as a human being.

E: Mariel’s Kitchen is available for pre-order today. What made you decide to publish a cookbook?

MH: “Healthy Living From The Inside Out” was a huge success as a lifetstyle book. It had a comprehensive program that detailed the importance of food, movement, home and silence. People were asking to have more recipes after reading it. And since I’m crazy about real and simple food I thought it would be fun. And IT WAS!

E: What would you say is your favorite recipe in the book?

MH: One of my core recipes is for Blisscuits — which are gluten-free, sugar-free, DELICIOUS, healthy cookies that serve as the base for many other fun, easy snacks and desserts in the book. I’m also marketing them through Target under the brand name “Mariel’s Kitchen.”

E: While your book isn’t vegan, you do advocate plenty of plant-based foods. What are your thoughts on how diet relates to environmentalism?

MH: My belief is that one needs to make better choices for, not only one’s health, but also for the health and well-being of animals. So although I am no longer vegan, I encourage getting a majority of your nutrients from a plant-based diet. I believe we should eat meat, poultry and fish less frequently than we do now and make sure it’s local, wild-caught, organic and free range. I believe in balance and in making conscious, kind and compassionate choices for all beings.

E: In some of your other books you’ve expressed the importance of moderation. Describe how moderation plays a role in a healthy diet.

MH: We live in a society that preaches, “more is better” and praises the idea of over-consumption. Now that we are in a recession it’s time to pull back a little. The key to a more healthy life is finding a place where unhealthy or indulgent foods become the exception, not the rule. It would be great if fruit, veggies and fat were our staples and the indulgent foods were merely guilty pleasures. I think that reducing our consumption is so important on many levels.

E: You and I both have something in common – we’re big supporters of Farm Sanctuary. You recently donated an experience package for the organization to auction off on charitybuzz. How did you choose to get involved with rescue animal work?

MH: Like I mentioned before, how we treat animals is critical to how we show up in the world. To be loving and compassionate to all creatures is the right thing to do. I believe that animals can be raised on small farms for consumption if they are treated well.

I grew up on a farm and the way the chickens, goats and cows were treated made me feel so good about being alive. I had a connection to these critters and we need more of that.

The small local farmer who truly loves his stock and cares for its well-being is a positive shift towards animal compassion. Not to mention the price that eating red meat has on our environment is alone worth stopping the horrible factory farming! As a society I don’t think we can continue treating animals with such cruelty and not pay a HEAVY price for it.

I love Farm Sanctuary because of their passion for making farms a place for loving animals and not just a place to produce food at the cost of our humanity. Again, my cookbook has animal foods, but I recommend that people buy them with an awareness of where they come from and how the animals are treated. It makes you more aware as an eater, a human and a citizen of the world.

A big thanks to Mariel Hemingway for taking time out of her busy schedule to sit down for a chat. Don’t forget, Mariel’s Kitchen is available for pre-order today!

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