Promoting frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.
Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 recipes for homestyle favorites and everyday feasts by Molly Katzen
How to Cook Everything - revised edition by Mark Bittman – This is a new cookbook for me. I use it mostly for ideas for cooking meat from our beef share. After investing in good quality beef from a local farm in Shelton, I don’t want anything to go to waste!
Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents by Cynthia Lair – A primer on the benefits of eating whole grains and vegetables. I was inspired to switch from buying canned beans to bulk dried beans. This is a great resource for making your own delicious baby food easily, without everyone else going hungry! Conversely, your growing baby doesn’t have to eat from a jar as the rest of the family gets to eat delicious homemade food. As my children get older, I still use recipes from this book, especially for healthier lunchbox ideas.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison - Everyone can stand to eat more veggies these days. This is a great handbook for not only cooking, but learning about vegetables, herbs and grains. Some of my favorite recipes are actually for using grains such as oatmeal, muffins, coffee cake and other sweet breads. There are great recipes for veggies that we already have on our regular list: carrots, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, kale and green beans. Vegetables that I hope to incorporate to my family’s regular list of meals are beets and chard.
While you are getting to know this book, Take the Veggie Pledge! This is a townwide initiative by the PTA Council Standing Committee, Fuel for Learning Partnership. Have each person in your family make a pledge online at www.veggiepledge.org. My youngest child pledges to eat more broccoli. My pledge is to learn how to cook a variety of veggies in delicious and creative ways. Deborah Madison’s cookbooks are sure to help me do just that!
Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet–All on $5 a Day or Less- by Linda Watson - As she says in her book, it’s easy to think that the words “organic” and “sustainable” are code words for “too expensive.” How much is your health worth? To help you budget, download the “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15” list. I love how she shares her journey into cooking. Check her website, Cook for Good – find out how cooking organic, in-season veggies in delicious ways is affordable for you and the planet.