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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866682
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Getty is a writer, TV personality, and organic living expert. She lives in Los Angeles.

Dan Goldberg is a commercial photographer specializing in food and still life. He lives in Chicago.

Director and photographer Ron Hamad has exhibited internationally and resides in Los Angeles.

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Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic is an attractive and inspirational book.
K. Roman
Some personal favs - fried polenta with sauteed wild mushrooms and chipotle cream sauce, baked portobello mushrooms with avacado and pesto, and the sweet potato fries!
Doc Stew
The book is filled with many delicious and easy to prepare recipes, beautiful photographs and interesting tips how to clean out your kitchen for an organic lifestyle.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2010
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I really liked this cookbook from the first read. The primer on organic cooking isn't too long but get's in all the main points I think should be there. The recipes are not terribly cohesive, but they sound delicious and they are not over-worked. Most of them have nicely pared down ingredient lists that won't have you buying obscure spices you never use again (with the exception of some obscure salts, that I replace with, well, salt). I've tried five of them so far and they've been pretty much spot on.

The photography is great. I shouldn't care, but frankly an enticing picture of the finished product is a good motivator for me to try something new. Not every recipe is illustrated but it seemed like the majority had pictures.

The only drawback I can offer you is that the recipes, while actually pretty easy, feel a little on the gourmet side for "weekday dinner" use. This where it becomes apparent that this book was written by an heiress in the Getty family. To some degree that was really a problem in my head I had to get past. At first couldn't see serving "Arugula and strawberry salad with pumpkin seeds" to my pre-school aged kids, but then I realized I've always got strawberries around for them to eat, I can buy pumpkin seeds in bulk, and once I replaced the arugula with something a little less bitter I had a really easy salad my kids devour. Once you get past titles that sound like they would be complicated you get down to a really good "idea" cookbook that can stretch your cooking out a little.

It's hard not to give this cookbook five stars, Getty has managed to bridge a lot of tricky gaps (organic primer + gourmet + practical daily cooking + creative recipes) in a book that's just easy to cook with. Well worth buying.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Storm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
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I read through Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic book and then read through a few of the reviews. It seemed like the reviews were pretty bipolar, but I guess that's to be expected when the book title seems to suggest that it is a guide for both eating and living "green". This book is 80% cookbook, and I think if left with just that, it would easily score a full five stars. However the title suggests that it should be more than just a cookbook but rather a cookbook guiding you to going green.

<--As a Cookbook-->

For those looking for a good cookbook, Easy/Green/Organic is a good and safe bet. The instructions are clear and most (not all) of the recipes have a picture of the finished product so you get an idea of what you're striving for. I would consider the recipes in this book very California cuisine oriented. Lots of fresh veggies, fruits, olive oil with a meat-included dish every five to ten recipes. This is not what I would consider a "Beginner" level book. If you need to know how to slice, chop, mince or have your hand held every step of the way, this book is not quite at that level. If you can understand and accomplish: "Melt the butter in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, scallions and peas and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to burn the shallots. Add the pea tendrils and cook until soft, about 4 minutes" then you'll be fine.

Most of the recipes are vegetarian friendly but not all. There are quite a few calling for meat (chicken/shrimp/beef/scallops) as well as a meat based stock. That being said, for those who are not interested in vegetarian meals, it should be noted that the majority of the recipes are meat-free (not that this is a bad thing, just an FYI).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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Excellent book! Far superior than any other organic cookbook I own. This one is truly "easy green organic". Anna Getty not only gives us a cookbook with 100 outstandingly simple, tasty and organic recipes, she devotes much of the book to environmental safe foods, products, cleaning and excellent tips and hints to becoming greener and healthier for ourselves and our environment. The recipes are amazing...clean, fresh, tasty and gorgeous. Her Double Lemon Chicken Breasts with Fresh Tomato Basil Salsa is outstanding...Simple, tasty and gorgeous. Her Belgian Endive and Fennel Gratin is a new staple dish in my home now. It is replacing mashed potatos in our house! It is so easy..creamy, cheesy..YUM!
Belgia Endive and Fennel Gratin:
6 Belgian endive
3 Fennel Bulbs
1 C Chicken Stock
2 Tbs Salted Butter
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tbs. Sugar
2 Tbs. Heavy Cream
1 C finely grated Swiss Cheese
1/2 C Plain Dry Bread Crumbs.
SO Good!
From starters like German Potato Pancakes to desserts like Amy B's Espresso Chocolate Pudding Cake this book has it all and it is all organic! Wish it had a sprial bound binding, but other than that, no complaints about this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By llscribe VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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I was pleased to receive Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic. I love to cook and am always on the lookout for healthful cookbooks, along the lines of The Moosewood Cookbook, for example. Tips on "going green" and selecting organic foods also seemed very promising.

The book is very pretty. Photographs of delicious looking food and the very slender and beautiful Anna Getty, long flowing locks carefully disarranged, dressed perfectly in bright colors beside artfully placed flowers, vegetables, and her equally beautiful and perfectly dressed daughter -- Goldberg and Hamad, the photographers, know what they are doing.

It is the text that disappoints. The first 46 pages offer an introduction to Getty's life, an explanation of why we should go green and organic, and tips for "greening your kitchen." Sounds good. But the tips range from the obvious to the absurd. "Being a friend to the environment feels really good." For money saving, "Look for items on sale," "Compare prices...," and "Buy larger sizes...prices drop when you buy in bulk." Um, no kidding. (Ironically, the money saving tips have a full page to themselves -- the text itself takes up slightly over a third of the page.) Much of the text in these pages and in nicely colored boxes consists of warnings. These do not seem very useful to the likely audience for a book like this. They read more like a network television special designed to scare than the informative tips that I had expected.

More seriously, there seems a real disconnect between the recipes and the tips. A better cookbook would integrate the essential concepts with the recipes. The recipes are, however, extraordinarily simple. Bordering on simplistic. Put barbecue sauce on a piece of salmon and cook the salmon simple.
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