Food brings us together … as families and as communities. So there is no better place to begin creating a healthier and sustainable community than around a shared table.
The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook is a beautifully illustrated collection of 200 unique and delicious vegetarian recipes from the renowned California-based farm, educational retreat center and eco-think tank.
The center has a passionate ethos about eating seasonally, and this book shows readers how to cook based on what is available in the garden. This unique cookbook incorporates ingredients from all seasons, including weeds, flowers, herbs, nuts, fruits, mushrooms and other forages. The recipes also include the quantities and measurements necessary to cook for a crowd, making each dish perfect to cook at home or share at parties, potlucks and community events.
With sample seasonal menus to inspire cooks throughout the year, the cookbook offers a wide range of recipes such as: Carrot and Chamomile Soup, Summer Squash Ribbons with Purple Shiso, Roasted Asparagus and Nettle Risotto with Pea Tendrils, and Pepita-Encrusted Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Mint. There are cold vegetable plates for warm summer picnics, and readers will learn how to create delicious salad dressing recipes for garden-fresh greens, including Loquat Ginger, Golden Tomato Cumin, and Preserved Lemon Brine. There are comfort foods like pots of savory Biodiversity Beans and Winter Sourdough Pizza, and warming snacks like Toasted Hazelnuts with Thyme. Readers can top a plate of veggie sides with a generous dollop of one of the center’s famous sauces and pestos, and learn how to infuse their own Honey Syrups for homemade cocktails. Last but not least, there’s delicious standout desserts like Fresh Fruit Fools, a Dark Roast Winter Squash Tart with Hazelnut Crust, or the Cardamom-Rose-Plum Bars.
This informative cookbook will help gardeners seeking new ways to cook with their vegetables, farmers market shoppers looking to expand their repertoire, home cooks who want to cook healthy for their family or host a big dinner party, chefs in search of inspired recipes using weeds and perennial fruits and vegetables, and community-based organizations who cook for crowds on a regular basis.