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The Earthbound Cook: 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet Paperback – August 26, 2010
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There are plenty of meat dishes, along with tasty vegetable based recipes (check out the interesting salads and dressing). There are clever uses of whole grains, delicious breakfasts, breads, desserts and drinks. Every recipe I've tried is wholesome yet full of flavor.
Along the side of many of the pages there are green tips and information about how what we eat effects the environment. There are also many helpful kitchen tips. In the section "Pantry Basics" we can learn about "cleaning green," "freezing fresh produce" (who knew?) and how to live more ecologically minded. I did not feel knocked over the head with "go green or else." Interesting information was presented here in a friendly, useful, unobtrusive way. I have even learned some surprising things (microwave ovens can an times be an "eco hero"?!).
Most importantly, the food is fantastic. In my house, many of the recipes are instant classics. Here are some of my favorites:
I am addicted to the Yam and Winter Squash Casserole (p.233- which I also like eating cold as leftovers); Buffalo Shepherd's Pie (p.87-really, give it a try!); the Stuffed Cabbage (p.81--I actually like the brown rice and ground turkey version/option even better than the beef, although it needs to cook for a little longer. FYI this recipe gives you so many stuffed cabbages you can throw a big dinner party or freeze some for another time).
The Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Breakfast Squares (p.392) have changed our lives.Read more ›
The recipes range from Myra Goodman's Mother Edith's Stuffed Cabbage recipe to Vietnamese Shrimp and Bok Choy Curry. Myra also gives a very good explanation of Southeast Asian cooking and various types of green and red curry recipes. There is also a vegetarian section with unique and easy to make side dishes and entrees.
Again, this is such a good cookbook. She even has an entire section on how to cut herbs and what kind of knives are most effective.
I really look forward to reading again tomorrow morning as I drink my 6:00 a.m. coffee. Earthbound Cook is not just a cookbook, it's an educational tool that can teach me how to make better choices as a consumer and a person who feels responsibility to the earth.
But there's so much more to this book you won't find anyplace else: The field guide to salad greens (brilliant idea), the guide to making eco friendly meat choices. Lots of great photos and easy to follow.
You also feel like you're a guest at Myra Goodman's house (again my dream).
The absolute most perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves food, loves to cook, or is learning to cook.
And what a story! Myra, the co-founder of Earthbound Farm (EBF) along with her husband Drew, started EBF on several acres in their backyard in 1984, and today, their once-small garden has grown to more than 150 farmers growing organic produce on 37,000 acres, making EBF the largest grower/producer of organic produce and related products in the U.S.
In reality, there is nothing earthbound about Myra--more like heavenly in my view!--and her new book is chock full of out-of-this-world recipes accompanied by mouth-watering photos of delectable dishes made from organic food, straight from the garden.
Myra's passion for organic food comes alive in recipes like Curried Garnet Yam Soup, Roasted Cauliflower Tart, and Whole Wheat Crepes filled with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients. Each and every recipe inspires even the most reluctant cook to action, and the accompanying photos are a veritable feast for the eyes.
Adding to the value of this beautiful book is the information Myra offers on a wealth of food related topics: responsible living and eating; preserving our precious resources; avoiding harmful pesticides; cage free v. nest fresh eggs; wild or farmed salmon; carbon footprint measures; energy saving cooking tips; clarification of oft-confusing terms such as grass fed, pasture forage or free range; the environmental benefits of organic farming, and more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WOW! I'm just so excited to have this book in my collection! Have had so much success with it's recipes that it's usually the first go to source.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I live in the Pacific NW, in a smallish town about halfway between two major cities, surrounded by farms and orchards, and close to the water. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. Mountford
I didn't really use this book. A little unrealistic for my lifestyle. Well written and beautiful pictures.Published 10 months ago by Sherry Lee
Excellent for anyone wanting to make a more natural change in cooking.Published 17 months ago by Marta I. Wright
The bounding of the book is not very good. I have not used the book all that much and it is already falling apart. Read morePublished 19 months ago by E. Krumova
I'd used this cookbook at someone else's house so ordered it for myself. Lots of good, healthy, easy recipes and general advice on healthy cooking.Published 23 months ago by karen