I am coming up on my last week here in South India and one of things I value is the simplicity in South Indian cooking. At Amma's they get fresh milk everyday. She first boils the milk and then removes the foam from the top of the milk and freezes that to make cream. If you don't want cream you can add some curd and let it form butter or then make it into ghee. One product, four ways to produce edible food! The same with coconuts, there is no waste! The coconut's oil is drained and placed aside for cooking, the flesh of the coconut is grounded for cooking and lastly the shell is used for fuel. I sat with Amma when I first arrived, all she needed to do was to buy the vegetables, she makes all of her own spices including plucking curry leaves off the tree in the backyard. This is my vegetarian experience but regarding meat, it is killed and cooked that day so you get fresh, local meat. I always thought I ate relatively healthy eating alot of raw foods, but with my time here I have learned the value in cooked, local foods that are natural in their purest form, served at room to temperature and chopped finely and seasoned with the correct balance of spices to ensure proper digestion. Bon Appetite!