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My Favorite Food Books: Foraging, Cooking, and Preserving

| 4/16/2018 9:46:00 AM

For an avid gardener, good books on keeping and using the harvest are a necessity. Even if you don't grow your own food, I'm confident you'll appreciate these books that top my list.

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Look at all the pages I've marked! Photo by Carole Coates

Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson

The quest which led Watson to this book was her desire to slow global warming, cook from scratch, and eat nutritiously and organically—all on a food stamp budget. In other words, to make the world a better place one plate at a time. As she says, the head-on collision of the philosophy and the politics of food was her wake-up call. She started by choosing menus and groceries based on what’s in season. Planning meals around inexpensive food staples such as dried beans and grains further achieved her goals.

More than a cookbook, this is the tale of a journey to deeper understanding and better living. It also offers a year’s worth of menus by season, along with the cost of each, making it an excellent guide for folks new to making their own way in the world—or for anyone who wants to eat well for less.

For me, this book was worth the purchase price for one very flexible recipe alone: noodles in spicy peanut sauce with seasonal vegetables (page 175). The genius of this recipe is that you can prepare it so many ways, changing out spring’s sugar snaps for fall’s broccoli, for instance. And it takes less than twenty minutes’ preparation time from start to finish. Can’t beat that.

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