Monday, November 5, 2007

SIMPLY IN SEASON- A World Community Cookbook

The recipes in this book offer a taste of how yummy your table can be cooking in season and buying locally. But it is so much more than a cookbook! It is filled with relevant facts and inspirational stories of people who are trying to live more simply, frugally and locally. It is exciting to read that these are people from all over the country and the globe.

From metropolitan areas as big as NYC to Amish country, you will find encouragement that you too can eat locally, with or without a big farm next door. Eating locally is one of the best ways to cut down on carbon emissions. The organic food grown in Argentina is more harmful to our environment than the non-organic food grown locally because of the fossil fuels burned to transport it to your local grocery store. Farmer's Markets have popped up every where, and aren't reserved just for Europeans anymore! You may live in an area, like me, that closes down in October. Don't worry, your grocery store will carry in season produce.

This cookbook is a great for someone like me who has never cut a butternut squash up, much less knows what to do with it. Very reader and user friendly. If you are a gardener, this will be a great resource as well to help give you ideas for new things to do with your bounty. I love trying out new things, and most are fairly family friendly. I haven't been able to use it for a whole weeks' worth of menu ideas, but at least one or two a week have worked out well. If you are the frugal type, you will love this book as well as others from this series, because it also helps you to buy what is in season, which is always the cheapest at the grocery store anyhow. Included are tips on picking ripe veggies and fruits, and how to cook them. Every season is color coded for you and divided into Breakfast, Sides, Main Dishes and Desserts. This week I am planning to make Butternut Squash Soup from the Autumn section. Mmmmm!

1 comment:

Deborah said...

I like the review you wrote for the SIS book. It is a wonderful resource. I am starting a study group at my church in January using this cookbook.