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Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook Paperback – October 20, 2006
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In addition to expanding my repertoire of meals this cookbook has given me healthier versions of some family favorites. The Maple Walnut Muffins thrilled me with the small amount of sugar and no butter! Using a 1/4 cup of heart healthy canola oil instead of the 2 sticks of butter I was using in The Barefoot Contessa's Banana Crunch Muffins showed me how easy to eliminate fat and not sacrifice taste. My kids adored them as well as all 30 of the recipes I have tried to date.
This is a cookbook I highly recommend and bought for many family and friends. Its interesting tips and facts as well as beautiful, inspiring photos have made cooking 24/7 for my family a delight and pleasure.
The fact that the book does not quite fill its billing as a `healthy foods' book tempted me to give it only four stars. Two facts changed my mind. First, the hefty (402 pages) book lists for a scant $21.95 US. Second, the last Chapter 10 on `Basics' has excellent advice on making stocks. It may not be on the great reflective level of Deborah Madison or as finicky as the Culinary Institute of America textbook, but for a budget priced book, it is very good indeed.
I would still have demoted it to four stars if the general level of recipes was weak, but they are not. All of the traditional stuff is entirely up to snuff. For example, the pastry crust recipe hits all the right notes. The only caveat is that this and other recipes call for whole-wheat pastry flour, which I have not seen in my local megamart (Wegmans). On the other hand, I have seen lots and lots of `Earthbound Farm Organic' products in my very same Wegmans and the story of how Drew and Myra Goodman established their little business that could almost sounds too good to be true.
This story takes up the first 24 pages (the Roman numeraled ones in the introduction) of the book (which means that 402 pages are all recipes, no fluff).Read more ›
I like that there is an introduction from author Myra Goodman, co-founder of Earthbound, that describes their humble beginnings as a roadside stand, and how their determination to avoid chemicals and pesticides led to them bringing organics into the mainstream (THANK YOU EARTHBOUND!!!). In 2003 they openned the esteemed Organic Kitchen in Carmel Valley, California (one of only three certified organic food establishments). This book brings recipies from the Organic Kitchen and others.
To be sure, Food To Live By is definitely more of a cookbook than a diet or "health book", although it does use ingredients and provide some little tid bits that encourage us to eat organic, whole foods. While the recipes are wholesome, they don't compromise on taste. There are also cooking tips and ideas as sidebars throughout.
Food To Live By is broken up into chapters starting with the Introduction, followed by a chapter on Raspberry recipes (honoring raspberries, the crop that got Earthbound Started). Then there is a chapter on Soups, Leafy Green Salads, Meat and Poultry Main Dishes, Fish and Shellfish, Pasta and Vegetarian Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Breakfast and Brunch, Desserts, and Basics, such as homemade stocks and sauces.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite and best loved cookbooks. Many recipes I have made multiple times since I received this book as a gift last year. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NatureGirl
Great recipes. Not difficult to make with very good flavors. Pamila McKinstry is a favorite restaurant owner from many years ago. So happy to discover Myra Goodman's book.Published 12 months ago by Book Hunter
One of my favorite and most used cookbooks. The recipes are delicious and made with real ingredients.Published 13 months ago by M. Fisk
Will keep referring to this book as I change my eating routine for better health!Published 14 months ago by Terry Koglin
Organic foods are finally on the rise in this country.Learning to use them is not rocket science,one just needs to realize the importance of eliminating chemicals that are... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Mahan
This cookbook is an education in all things organic. It's easy to follow, delicious recipes have been enjoyed by my family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary L. Brown
Wonderful recipes and inspirations for the health conscious gardener or farmers market customers. Best garden cookbook on my shelf! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer