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About Linda Ly
As the voice behind the award-winning blog gardenbetty.com, Linda Ly has been sharing her experiences and expertise in edible gardening, food preserving, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring with a global audience since 2010. Her love for food is inspired by her modern homestead in Central Oregon, where she grows hundreds of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, raises a flock of chickens, and attempts to craft a more sustainable and "simple" life, though anyone who tends a homestead knows it's anything but simple!
Garden Betty was honored as the "Best Gardening Blog" by Country Living and a "Top 10 Gardening Blog" by Better Homes and Gardens. Linda, her blog, and her books have been featured in Time, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart.
Her bestselling books include The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook, The Backyard Fire Cookbook, The New Camp Cookbook, and The CSA Cookbook. The New Camp Cookbook was hailed as Amazon's "Best Book of the Month" and PureWow's "Best Book of the Year" and continues to be an Amazon Editor's Pick, five years in a row.
Linda lives in Bend with her photographer husband and their adventurous kiddos. Beyond the homestead, the outdoor-loving family enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, canoeing, and camping and hiking all over the Pacific Northwest.
Follow @gardenbetty on social media to keep up with the latest news on her blog and books.
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There's nothing quite like waking up in the woods and making breakfast in the open air, or gathering with friends around a fire after a long day of hiking.
Good food makes for great camping! The two can and should go hand in hand, and the recipes and tips in this book will guide you along the way. This is a book for day trippers, adventurers, campers, and anyone who enjoys cooking outdoors. You'll find organizational advice and cooking techniques, from planning your meals, packing a cooler, and stocking a camp pantry to building a fire, grilling in foil packs, and maintaining heat in a dutch oven. The recipes are presented by meal: breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweets, and all-out feasts. You can choose your own adventure for each occasion, with recipes as easy as Mexican Street Corn Salad and Tin Foil Seafood Boil to more involved dishes like Korean Flank Steak with Sriracha-Pickled Cucumbers and Dutch Oven Deep-Dish Soppressata and Fennel Pizza. All recipes use a standard set of cookware to streamline your cooking in camp, and are marked with icons to help you quickly find a suitable recipe for your cooking style.
Whether you're an aspiring camp chef or a seasoned Scout, you'll find plenty of inspiration in these pages for getting outside and eating well under the open sky.
There’s no denying the thrill of cooking outdoors and the sense of community it brings when people gather around a fire, and in this book, author Linda Ly will teach you how to master the flames. For the adventurous, start by building a home fire pit. It’s easier than it sounds and requires minimal investment of time and space. If you’d rather not, that’s okay! There are plenty of other options, from vessel fire pits to tabletop grills. Even a charcoal kettle grill will give you more flavor than cooking with gas. Ly also covers everything you need to know about fuel sources (hardwood, hardwood lump charcoal, and smoking wood), her go-to grilling tools and accessories, secrets for stocking an indoor and outdoor pantry, fire making, fire safety, and tips and tricks for grilling more efficiently.
You can choose your own adventure with over 70 recipes for ember roasting, wood-fired cooking, charcoal grilling, and foil pack meals. Next-level techniques like dutch oven cooking, grilling a la plancha, and plank grilling are all part of the fun, too. With modern twists on classics and globally-inspired meals like Smoky Ember-Roasted Eggplant Dip, Thai Chicken Pizza with Sweet Chili Sauce, Grilled Oysters with Kimchi Butter, Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf on a Plank, and Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Feta Stuffed Flank Steak, you’ll find a recipe for almost every occasion. This is not a book about low-and-slow barbecue, and you won’t find overnight marinades or complicated recipes, either. Ly aims to encourage easy, accessible grilling that you look forward to doing on a weeknight because, quite simply, food just tastes better outside.
Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a novice on the grill, The Backyard Fire Cookbook will help you make the backyard your new kitchen.
Make the most of your CSA membership—or your garden harvest—with simple yet bold, inventive yet nourishing meals from acclaimed blogger Linda Ly.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have connected farms to consumers and made people more in tune with where their food comes from, but still leave many stumped beyond the conventional uses for their produce. How many times has a CSA share arrived with things you've never seen before or not known what to do with?
The CSA Cookbook will help you cook your way through a CSA box (or farmers' market or backyard bounty) with 105 seasonal recipes that utilize every edible part of the plant, from leaves and flowers to stems and seeds. Think of it as a nose-to-tail approach—for vegetables!
With innovative ideas for preparing the lesser-known but no-less-delicious parts of plants, tips for using the odds and ends of vegetables, and easy preservation techniques, Linda Ly helps you get from farm to table without a fuss. Chapters include tomatoes and peppers, leafy greens, peas and beans, bulbs and stems, roots and tubers, melons and gourds, and flowers and herbs. You'll find globally-inspired, vegetable-focused recipes that turn a single plant into several meals—take squash, for instance. This year-round vegetable brings a variety of tastes and textures to the table: Squash Blossom and Roasted Poblano Tacos, Sicilian Squash Shoot Soup, Autumn Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale, Cranberries, and Walnuts, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. If you grow your own food at home, you might be surprised to learn you can eat the leaves from your pepper plants, or pickle the seed pods from your radishes.
The CSA Cookbook aims to inspire curiosity in the garden and creativity in the kitchen. You'll look at vegetables in a whole new way and think twice before you discard your kitchen "scraps"!
"One of my favorite sayings is, 'Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.' What appeals to me about this phrase is the idea that everything is useful. And that's why I like The CSA Cookbook so much. Many of Linda's dishes utilize the oft-discarded parts of vegetables such as tomato leaves, radish greens, and carrot tops. More than just being efficient, these recipes encourage us to explore the flavors and uses of every edible part of a plant. This book will completely change the way you look at vegetables." —P. Allen Smith, author of P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes from the Garden
"The CSA Cookbook shows you how to use everything your vegetables offer, whether they come from your CSA or your garden. After all, why throw away what's edible when it can offer so much in the kitchen?" —Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom
The No Waste Vegetable Cookbook will help you cook your way through greens, beans, roots, and herbs with seasonal recipes that utilize every edible part of the plant. Author Linda Ly shares a wide variety of recipes and techniques from her popular CSA Cookbook, from creative pickling (think watermelon rind) to perfect pestos. Chapters and recipes include:
- Tomatoes and Peppers: Spicy Minty Tomato Sauce Infused with Tomato Leaves, Spicy Fermented Summer Salsa, Ginger-Spiced Chicken Soup with Wilted Pepper Leaves, Blistered Padron Peppers and White Onions
- Leafy Greens: Kale Stem Pesto Spring Bulgur Salad with Kale Buds, Stuffed Collard Greens, Potlikker Noodles with Collard Greens, Broccoli Green and Baked Falafel Wrap
- Peas and Beans: Pea Shoot Salad with Radish and Carrot, Pan-Charred Beans with Bean Leaf Pesto, Yardlong Bean Curry with Wilted Spinach, Fava Leaf Salad with Citrus, Feta, and Walnuts, Charred Fava Pods with Parmesean
- Bulbs and Stems: Fennel Front and Ginger Pesto, Kohlrabi Home Fries with Thyme Aioli, Leek Green, Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini, Scallion Soup, Green Onion Pancake with Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce
- Roots and Tubers: Carrot Top Salsa, Beetza Beetza, Quick-Pickled Sweet 'n Spicy Radish Pods, Savory Sweet Potato Hummus, Creamy Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Syrup, Hasselback Potatoes, Vietnamese Carrot and Daikon Pickles
- Melons and Gourds: Watermelon Rind Kimchi, Stir-Fried Watermelon Rind, Gingered Butternut Bisque, Four Ways to Toast Pumpkin Seeds, Sicilian Squash Shoot Soup, Drunken Pumpkin Chili, Pan-Fried Cucumber in Honey Sesame Sauce
- Flowers and Herbs: Chive Blossom Vinegar, Nasturtium Pesto, Cilantro Pepita Pesto, Chimichurri, Marinated Feta with a Mess of Herbs, and "All In" Herb Dressing
Get outside, cook, and make the outdoors your kitchen!
In The Ultimate Outdoor Cookbook, you will learn how to cook every meal of the day outside, from breakfast to dessert with drinks in between, using live fire, grills, foil packs, cast iron pans, dutch ovens, planchas, and some with a smoker. Whether you are cooking in your backyard, at a local park, or camping deep in the woods, there is a recipe and technique for you.
Enjoy over 100 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes for all tastes and diets curated from author Linda Ly's best-selling The New Camp Cookbook and its successful follow-up, The Backyard Fire Cookbook, including:
- Blueberry Skillet Scones with Lemon Glaze
- Peppercorn-Crusted Caveman Steak with Horseradish Cream
- Foil Pack French Dip Cast Iron Clambake
- Thai Chicken Pizza with Sweet Chili Sauce
- Spicy Grilled Shrimp on Avocado Toast
- Planked Figs with Prosciutto and Goat Cheese
- Dutch Oven Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Mimosa Sangria
The Ultimate Outdoor Cookbook also provides practical guidance on how to build and work with different types of fires.
Whether you are a seasoned home cook or a novice of the flame, these techniques and recipes will have you in love with your new kitchen—the great outdoors.