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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761138994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761138990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Organic food is synonymous with premium quality, the deepest, richest taste, conscientious farming, and optimum health. It’s what we need to feed our kids, what we deserve to feed ourselves. And no one is doing more to popularize organic food that Myra Goodman, a mother, a creative cook, and most significantly, co-owner of Earthbound Farm, the world’s largest grower and purveyor of organic produce.

In Food to Live By, a dazzling full-color cookbook, Myra Goodman offers an utterly appealing, new casual style of cooking based on using the best ingredients, organic or otherwise. The dishes are irresistible: Sweet Corn Chowder. Spinach, Feta and Mushroom Quiche. Foggy Day Chili. Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Ginger Lime Salmon. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spiced Orange Sauce. Blue Cheese Smashed Potatoes. Coconut Lemongrass Sorbet. Cherry Panna Cotta. Farm Stand Carrot Cake. Plus, throughout are Farm-Fresh Ingredient boxes—on sorrel, corn, asparagus, artichokes— cooking and shopping tips, and health notes.

Before Myra and her husband, Drew, founded Earthbound Farm, they tended a small organic raspberry patch in Carmel, California—and Myra baked (and sold) amazing Raspberry Corn Muffins, plus jams, and more. Then Earthbound grew to offer organic lettuce mixes to local restaurants, and eventually the rest of the country. When The Organic Kitchen at Earthbound Farm opened, it was yet another venue for Myra, and the café’s chefs, to share delicious recipes and ideas. Now Food to Live By brings this organic revolution to everyone who cares about what they eat.

From the Back Cover

From Earthbound Farm's Myra Goodman and her Farm Stand's Organic Kitchen comes an appealing, casual style of cooking. Easy to prepare, the more than 260 recipes make a deliciously persuasive case for using flavorful, fresh, organic foods as often as possible. Take the Sweet Corn Chowder, which uses not only corn kernels for the soup, but also the stripped cobs to make a rich, herb-scented broth. Or Ginger Carrot Soup, which proves how even familiar vegetables take on a whole new intensity and character when raised organically. From Golden Tomato Gazpacho, Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad, Foggy Day Chili, and Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions to Farm Stand Carrot Cake and Cherry Panna Cotta, these are deep down delicious dishes for everyone who cares about what they eat.

More About the Author

Myra Goodman and her husband, Drew, originally "city kids" from Manhattan, founded Earthbound Farm in their 2 1/2 acre backyard garden in Carmel Valley, CA in 1984. They originally farmed heirloom raspberries, and then added herbs, baby lettuces, and gourmet greens. Myra and Drew were the first to successfully market pre-washed salads for retail sale, and Earthbound Farm soon grew to become the largest grower of organic produce in North America. Myra fell in love with organic farming and cooking at the same time. Her inspiration has always been the bountiful seasonal harvest. She is very excited that her newest cookbook was created in collaboration with her daughter Marea, who grew up on the founding farm where Drew and Myra still live today.

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Every recipe I've tried has been delicious and easy to prepare.
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The book is attractively designed and nicely illustrated with photos, there are helpful hints throughout, and the recipes are well laid out and easy to follow.
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My favorite recipe from this chapter would be the Raspberry corn Muffins.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Trudy on January 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The beautiful cover of this cookbook caught my eye but the personal story of Earthbound Farms beginnings and the fantastic recipes have held me captive and peaked my enthusiasm for organics and healthy cooking. Since buying this delightful cookbook I feel a bit obsessed with trying recipe after recipe. I was especially happy to see the meat recipes as I have wanted to incorporate more organic meat dishes into my family's diet, especially with 2 teenagers, but felt I lacked experience in buying and preparing meat. What a hit they have been with my family and unexpected surprise in this cookbook. The Sizzling Steak with Olive Sauce had everyone applauding mom's new found culinary skills and the Merlot Braised Shortribs elevated my status to "chef Mom".

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.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Wickes on March 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Myra Goodman and her husband, over 20 years ago, began their farm by offering passers-by a taste of their organic raspberries. Today, they own and operate the world's largest grower of organic produce. Food to Live By encourages readers to embark on a healthier way of life. Through organic food, people can live a cleaner life. This is not confined to only vegetarianism, but to meat, produce, wine and more. Packed with color photos of Earthbound Farm, as well as the recipes, this book teases the reader into trying easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes that packed with originality. If you are pressed for time, Goodman offers shortcuts by using organic packaged products, so you can have the flavor and health without the guilt. Included in this book are guides to greens, squash and more. Similar to The Organic Cook's Bible (by Jeff Cox, Wiley, April 2006, ISBN: 0471445789), but with more recipes. Delicious encounters within this book are: Chicken Piccata, Pumpkin Pecan Muffins, Portuguese Kale Soup, and Apricot and Almond Tart.
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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 17, 2007
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`Food to Live By' by Earthbound Farm co-founder, Myra Goodman and culinary `accomplices' Linda Holland and Pamela McKinstry announces itself as a cookbook for organic ingredients, and yet except for an emphasis on cooking with fruit, this is largely a brightly illustrated and joyfully assembled general purpose cookbook, I'm certain that the publisher, Workman, has a lot to do with the sidebar intensive style and better than average illustrations and snaps, but I also suspect much is owed to the great pleasure the author had in realizing this book.

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).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B WHO U R on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have made a study of healthful foods and learned so many new things in this recipe book (besides some of the best recipes I've ever tried). I love that Myra uses not only organic veggies & fruits (which I try to do whenever I can), she incorporates using wholegrains in baked goods (often), olive oil & other healthful oils, and nothing processed. I had stopped using butter years ago and now recognize that substituting margarine was not only unhealthful, it's absolutely inferior in cooking!I just made the peach cobbler (with frozen peaches due to the season)this past weekend, best I or my company had ever tasted!The chocolate cake recipe is the only one that disappointed me. Excellent side dish recipes also--we loved the 3-cheese macaroni! It brings back good tasting food by using real food!! Weird sounding, but true!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Marks VINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
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OK, so I admit that I own something like 100 cookbooks, and most of them I swear are the best of the best, out of thousands of published cookbooks.

I just ordered two more of the hardbound version of this cookbook, at Amazon's truly amazing low price, because this IS one of a handful of cookbooks that I would never want to be without!

Beautiful design, gorgeous pictures (did I say "beautiful design" already?), unexcelled recipes and amazing writing AND editing!

I second the comment by another reviewer, who said that this cookbook stands alone as a great cookbook, even WITHOUT the organic ambience, but even the organic food comments & preferences (and explanations) are spot-on and accurately written. This is simply a one of a kind, exquisite cookbook....
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