Monday, April 26, 2010

Food to Live By

I love, Love, LOVE this cookbook!! I wish I could cook from it all the time!! But unfortunately, not only is it a library book, but the recipes have lots of ingredients, and have lots of steps!!! The reason there are so many ingredients and steps is because it is an organic cookbook written by the founder of Earthbound Farm, Myra Goodman, who makes everything from scratch. It is an amazing cookbook with beautiful pictures of their farm, produce, family, and farm traditions.

Most recipes have other recipes for the required ingredients, such as making the mango chutney from scratch, herb-flavored oil, sauces, marinara sauce, etc. She makes everything from their very own organic produce. She doesn't cook with artificial ingredients, so when cooking with her cookbook, you have to buy as much as you can cook soon, so produce doesn't go bad.

She gives reasons for growing organic produce, which they began in 1984, before "organic" was a buzz word and something that everyone knew about. The contents of her cookbook is as follows:

It all began with Raspberries


Leafy Green Salads

Meat and Poultry Main Dishes

Fish and Shellfish

Pasta and Vegetarian Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Breakfast and Brunch


Basics (Stocks, sauces, vinegars, staples)

Just to tickle your tastebuds, I will give you a peek of some of her recipes. Their farm started out with their raspberries, so they have a lot of things that they sold at their farmstand such as raspberry corn muffins, raspberry cream scones (to die for!!), raspberry jam, and raspberry-lemon cremes brulees. So yummy!!!

On the menu for this week out of this cookbook is Miso Soup, Quick Grilled Lemon Chicken with Garlic Basil butter, Shrimp Cakes with Lemon-Caper Aioli, and Quick Grilled Vegetables with Basil Oil.

In the past I have tried the Raspberry Cream Sones, Foggy Day Chili, Farm Stand Greek Salad, Spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and basil, Pizza dough, Blue cheese smashed potatoes, and Homemade Chai. They were all GREAT!!! And the scones and chai were great together!!

Someday I hope to make Mexican Albondigas Soup, Baby Greens Salad (with grilled figs and walnuts), Lamb Curry with Saffron Couscous, Curried Chicken Salad, Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Sweet Pea Risotto with Prosciutto, and "Wild" mushroom ragout with creamy polenta.

This is such a great cookbook, I should just go ahead and purchase it!! I have gotten it out of the library so many times!! If you like healthy, fresh ingredients, how-to's about all kinds of produce, and tons of yummy recipes, then try out this cookbook. If you need a trial run before purchasing, check your local library!!! Happy Cooking!!

Stay tuned for pics and results of this weeks recipes!!!

What cookbooks have you found that you just LOVE???

1 comment:

  1. Cooking Light Complete Cookbook - so far everything is delicious, and there are tons of tips throughout the book. And not to be homeschool-ish or missionary-ish, but Extending the Table, an international cookbook, along with More With Less, are great to have as references - but they aren't pretty to look at - no pictures. What's the point of a recipe book with no pictures?