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Eli Rogosa

Eli Rogosa

When Eli Rogosa worked with traditional farmers in the Fertile Crescent, she discovered a treasure of robust heritage wheat growing in the stifling heat and drought without chemical intervention, but realized that landrace wheats are on the verge of extinction, not only in the Fertile Crescent but Europe as well. Rogosa established the Heritage Grain Conservancy to preserve rare landrace wheats to ensure that future generations have access to the biodiversity that is disappearing around the world in the face of industrial agriculture. Eli was funded by the European Union to work with gene banks and traditional farmers in Europe, and today shares her decades of experience  restoring heritage wheat and baking with einkorn. In addition to her work in biodiversity preservation, Rogosa manages an artisan einkorn bakery on her farm in Massachusetts. Einkorn, an ancient wheat, has a unique ’diploid’ gluten that can be safely enjoyed by many people with allergies to modern wheat. She farms with her husband, Cr Lawn, and has two children, Noah and Ezra.

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“Restoring Heritage Grains” Eli Rogosa

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  1. Restoring Heritage Grains

    By Eli Rogosa

    Including recipes for baking with Einkorn

    Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and 'wheat belly’.  Modern wheat depends on synthetic fertilizer and herbicides that damage our health, land, water, and environment. Fortunately, heritage ‘landrace' wheats that evolved over millennia in the organic fields of traditional farms do not need bio-chemical intervention to yield  bountifully, are gluten-safe, have rich flavor and high nutrition. Yet the robust, majestic wheats that nourished our ancestors are on the verge of extinction.

    In Restoring Heritage Grains, author Eli Rogosa of the Heritage Grain Conservancy,  invites readers to restore forgotten wheats such as delicious gluten-safe einkorn that nourished the first Neolithic farmers, emmer—the grain of ancient Israel, Egypt, and Rome that is perfect for pasta and flatbreads, rare durums that are drought-tolerant and high in protein, and many more little known wheat species, each of which have a lineage intertwined with the human species and that taste better than any modern wheat.

    Restoring Heritage Grains combines the history of grain growing and society, in-depth practical advice on landrace wheat husbandry, wheat folk traditions and mythology, and guidelines for the Neolithic diet with traditional recipes for rustic bread, pastry and beer. Discover the ancient grains that may be one of the best solutions to hunger today, and provide resilience for our future.

    Paperback $24.95

    PUB DATE July 01, 2016

    PUBLISHER Chelsea Green Publishing