Posts tagged ‘cookbooks’
It’s been a while since I shared what I’ve been reading. Here is a selection from the last little while.
- I bought Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko because I was tired of searching high and low on the Internet for green smoothie recipes that are palette pleasing. I’ve made several recipes from the book and I have been very surprised by several of the recipes so far. This book also contains some good summaries on the health benefits of different greens and why it is important to switch up your greens.
- Clean Food by Terry Walters is a cookbook that I thought I would test-drive from the library. I am becoming quite frantic as the due date approaches. I’ve bookmarked more recipes than I usually ever do. The banana-coconut-carob cookies are a favourite and the miso dressing has been the star of my salad all week. I think I might have to buy this one.
- Green Crafts for Children by Emma Harding is full of inspiring craft projects for kids. However, it isn’t as green as I had hoped it would be. I was looking more for craft projects that use objects taken from nature and the focus here is more on recycled materials. Nevertheless, I copied a few of the craft projects in this book for future projects with my daughter before I returned it to the library.
- Farm by Elisha Cooper is a great children’s book. It tells a story about a farm; plain and simple just like the title. The illustrations are beautiful and, I would think that any child that has visited a farm could relate to this book. For those who haven’t, this book will give them a realistic vision of how a farm operates.
- I am still reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I started this well researched book last summer. I had to put it down after the author visited the pig farm. Every now and again I pick it up and read another chapter, but it is slow going. Unfortunately I am a visual learner and I can picture far too much of what he is describing. This book will change what you buy and what you eat. Trust me.
- The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is a delightful tale of a little boy who starts a garden on abandoned railroad tracks and how his garden transforms an otherwise bleak city. This children’s book is inspiring and a good approach to early understandings of nature in the city and human-environment relations.
What are you reading?
Every year I like to give my daughter’s daycare teachers something special at Christmas. They work hard and they truly love what they do (or at least they never show when they are having a bad day). Two years ago I put a small collection of cookie recipes together for them and self published it along with some pictures of my daughter at Lulu.com. This past year, I took it one step further and self-published a small collection of vegetarian recipes that I cooked up all by myself that were inspired by our small vegetable garden (even though its first year was a bit dismal). This time around I used Blurb. It was a fun project and if you would like to purchase a copy you can. I wasn’t going to put it up for sale, but the healthy goodness in this book should be shared… that and a couple people have asked me if they could buy a copy, so I thought I would go for it.
A recent contest on the You Grow Girl blog asked what book is inspiring us lately. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one book. Here’s what is inspiring me right now, all by Canadian authors, which was not my intention. Not listed in any inspirational order:
Locavore by Sarah Elton (2010). What a treat this book has been and what an inspiration. I want to quit my job and start an urban garden… right now. But in the face of reality, I will continue to source out local foods at the many farmers’ markets in town and nearby. For example, a recent trip to Morden’s Organic Farm Store has been providing us with local, naturally raised meats.
Ripe from Around Here by Jae Steele (2010). This is a great vegan cookbook featuring locally purchased foods. I’m not vegan myself but I love the way Jae approaches local food in this book. I made her Rawsberry Cheesecake on the weekend (I made a different crust) and it was fabulous. Next up: watermelon juice – so simple, but I would never have thought of it, and it will be refreshing in this heat wave we are experiencing in southern Ontario.
Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail (2010). This book is very inspirational for the home gardener. I just wish Gayla made house calls – I’m not too sure my vegetable garden is going to make it. The recipes in this book are also a bonus! If you purchase this book, you might also like Gayla’s other book: You Grow Girl.
The most inspiring thing about all of these books for me is that they are written by Canadian women – we have so much talent here!