‘Nat­u­ral Foods Cook­book’ au­thor Beatrice Trum Hunter dies

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Beatrice Trum Hunter, who wrote “The Nat­u­ral Foods Cook­book’’ in 1961, long be­fore or­ganic foods be­came a sta­ple at su­per­mar­kets, and who took an early stance against pes­ti­cide ex­po­sure, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with “Silent Spring’’ au­thor Rachel Car­son, has died. She was 98.

Fam­ily mem­bers said Trum Hunter, died Wed­nes­day night in hospice care in Hills­bor­ough, New Hamp­shire.

Trum Hunter “was writ­ing and ed­u­cat­ing Amer­i­cans about whole, or­ganic foods decades be­fore the farm-to-ta­ble move­ment took the coun­try by storm,’’ said Vita Pal­adino, di­rec­tor of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Re­search Cen­ter at Bos­ton Univer­sity, which has a col­lec­tion of her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional pa­pers.

“Her quiet de­ter­mi­na­tion for­ever changed Amer­ica’s re­la­tion­ship with food and nu­tri­tion; we are proud to safe­guard her re­mark­able legacy,’’ Pal­adino said.

A na­tive of New York City’s Brook­lyn bor­ough, Trum Hunter and her hus­band, John Hunter, bought prop­erty in Deering, New Hamp­shire. They turned their home into an inn in the sum­mer that ex­posed city dwellers to or­ganic and nat­u­ral foods. Trum Hunter made her own muffins, bread and soups.

In all, Trum Hunter wrote 38 books and nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles and col­umns. Some of her other works in­clude “Gar­den­ing With­out Poi­sons,’’ ‘’The Great Nu­tri­tion Rob­bery,” ‘’Our Toxic Legacy,” and ‘’The Sugar Trap and How to Avoid It.”

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