‘Natural Foods Cookbook’ author Beatrice Trum Hunter dies
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.”