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Simply In Season: Recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods in the spirit of More-with-Less (A World Community Cookbook) Spiral-bound – June 17, 2005

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"This cookbook reflects a commitment to eat what is in season. Enjoy the flavors and gifts of this book." -- Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet)

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Simply in Season is the third cookbook in the World Community Cookbook Series. The two previous cookbooks, More-with-Less and Extending the Table each offer unique recipes and writings to assist readers in raising awareness about world food issues and the interconnectedness of our global community.

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  • Spiral-bound: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press; 1st edition (June 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836192974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836192971
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
I've always liked the idea of living more simply. My copy of the Mennonites' MORE-WITH-LESS COOKBOOK that I've cooked with for more than 25 years is tattered and a little burned on the edges. (Note to self: don't leave your cookbook close to a burner). So I was delighted to see Herald Press add SIMPLY IN SEASON to their cookbook line. It offers a diverse selection of interesting recipes while helping raise awareness of eating more responsibly.

The focus is to eat simply. Eat a diversity of food. Eat foods that are in season. Why? It's better for us, the economy...and better for the Earth.

I live in the Chicago suburbs, where my pocket handkerchief-sized yard and small vegetable garden means I buy most of my produce and all of my meat from the supermarkets. I'm always dithering. Should I buy organic? Family farm-produced? Is the cheapest chicken the best buy? With this in mind, I found that the best portion of the cookbook were the short essays sprinkled through the pages that urge readers to think carefully about their food choices. What is genetically-modified food? How can we eat more locally? What does it look like to use food to build community?

SIMPLY IN SEASON answers these questions and more. It offers both practical steps and short inspiring testimonials that will help us think more about our grocery shopping. Support locally-owned grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives. Buy fairly traded coffee, chocolate, and tea. If you garden, share vegetables with a neighbor. Participate in a community kitchen program in which groups cook meals together, saving money and time.

The comb-bound cookbook is formatted in five sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and All Seasons.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on May 8, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Please don't race to the kitchen with this cookbook. First, sit down and enjoy reading Simply in Season. Within its pages you will find philosophy, an ingrained dependence on God, wonderful ideas, a challenging new way of considering food, and, of course, a lot of tasty, tempting recipes which will feed the body and spirit with nutritious food.

How can one cookbook do all this? Begin with the preface which introduces this as a community (meaning both local and world-wide) cookbook, looking at both cooking and the complexities involved in getting our food. A section about the basics of storing fresh foods, from apples through to winter squash, with a special page for herbs comes next. Only then do we meet the recipes, classified by the four seasons and the foods pertaining to those seasons. Each recipe has a bit of extra wisdom. Under Maple Walnut Scones you meet a discussion about the philosophy of early spring maple sugar making. Accompanying Curried Beans and Potatoes you read about the Gunthorps and their happy, naturally raised hogs, ducks, and chickens. Vegetarian Groundnut Stew brings you a short quote about the joys of eating according to the seasons; and Sunflower Chip Cookies introduces the thought: eating is a moral act.

Your imagination and appetite will be piqued with fresh herbs and spices, seasonal vegetables and fruits, international ways of cooking. Wide assortments of grains and dairy products are introduced. Foods such as tofu, tempeh, venison, seitan, and bulgur all have delicious, very workable recipes. There are hints for equivalents and substitutes, ideas for becoming an active participant in furthering the fresh food movement, and suggestions for further reading.

The authors bring us these recipes from wide backgrounds.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on August 12, 2005
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This is the cookbook I have been looking for for some time! I am not a gardener and not very knowledgeable about which produce is in season when, but since becoming a vegetarian I have been searching for a cookbook that would help me plan my meals according to what fruits and vegetables are in season at various times of the year. This cookbook does exactly that, and in an incredibly well-organized and easy-to-follow manner!

The opening of the book includes a colorful description of various fruits and vegetables, discussing when they are in season, what to look for when purchasing them, how to store them, and even simple ways to cook them. The rest of the cookbook is color-coded by season, with wonderful (and mostly quite manageable) recipes including the various produce items that are in season during that time of year. The recipes focus on fresh and healthy ingredients and range from breakfast foods to desserts. I will certainly look forward to every season of the year now and the bounty of foods that each season brings.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Meadows on July 11, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
"Simply in Season" is the third "World Community Cookbook" produced by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The others were "The More-with-Less Cookbook" (emphasis on economical recipes) and "Extending the Table" (recipes from around the world). "Simply in Season", as you will guess from the title, is wholly about cooking and eating seasonal - and therefore at least potentially local - foods.

After an initial 'Fruit and Vegetable Guide', the book is arranged by season, and each season has recipes for:

* Breads and Breakfast

* Soups

* Salads

* Sides

* Main Dishes

* Desserts

* Extras

After the spring, summer, autumn and winter sections, there's an "all seasons" section with some useful all-year recipes (pie crusts and the like).

This is not a vegetarian cookbook as it includes seasonal meat (lamb in spring) and other meats, but many of the recipes do not call for meat. Basically, it's how to use the fruits of your garden or other local and seasonal foods (maybe bought from a farmstand, farmers market, or CSA). It's the best cookbook of this type that I have ever read - and they've got the seasons right. I hate it when I read an ostensibly seasonal recipe that includes, for example, fresh peas plus fresh tomatoes. At least in my neck of the woods, the two are definitely not happening at once. But 'Simply in Season' is actually accurate about what foods are in season when.

The recipes emphasize healthful cooking and healthful foods. Recipes were sent in by contributors, then each recipe was tested at least two (and usually more) times by testers.
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