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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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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.
I live in an intentional community where we have begun our own garden, and this book has been our primary resource for meals. Regardless of whether you grown your own or not, this book offers great, healthy recipes that can contribute to a well-balanced lifestyle.
These are the reasons I like it so much:
1. It is spiral-bound which makes it open flat and there will be no problem keeping the chosen recipe in sight.
2. The cover is double thick and wipeable.
3. The recipes are arranged by seasons and color-coded.
4. It is very easy to find recipes by season, ingredients and by type (breads, breakfast, soups, salads, sides, main dishes, desserts)
5. Ingredients are not foreign or odd - easily found in your own garden, farmer's markets or well-stocked grocery store produce section.
6. There is a 13 page fruit and vegetable guide which describes each one for you, how to select the best, how to store and handle, how to prepare, serving suggesions plus nutrients found in each.
7. To quote one of the authors: "Woven through the recipe pages of each season are writings, tidbits of information to reflect upon ...." (You will learn how your food choices affect God's creation and other people.)
8. There are menu suggestions for each season.
9. There is a fifth section called "All Seasons"
10.The recipes are submitted and tried by ordinary people - not paid food testers or chefs.
11.There are very, very few processed foods used in these recipes.
12. Meats are used sparingly for those of us not ready to give up meat entirely.
You will not like this cookbook:
If you want fast recipes using processed foods.
If you eat a lot of fish or chicken breasts.
If you are looking for gourmet type recipes- by that I mean complicated and fancy.
If you have sensitivity or allergy to wheat (though most of the recipes don't use wheat)
If you are giving up sugar.(though most of the recipes do not use sugar).
If you are offended by references to God.
If you are vegan or vegetarian.
If you think you must have calorie, protein, carbohydrate and fat information for your recipes.
This quote from the authors tells what this cookbook is all about: "Simply in Season is a community cookbook about good food: foods that are fresh, nutritious, tasty and in rhythm with the seasons."
The book is out of print but I was able to buy it from an Amazon vendor for about half price. I am well satisfied with the service I received from them.