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For more than 10,000 years, grains have been the staples of Western civilization. The stored energy of grain allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering and build settled communities—even great cities. Though most bread now comes from factory bakeries, the symbolism of wheat and bread—amber waves of grain, the staff of life—still carries great meaning.
Today, bread and beer are once again building community as a new band of farmers, bakers, millers, and maltsters work to reinvent local grain systems. The New Bread Basket tells their stories and reveals the village that stands behind every loaf and every pint.
While eating locally grown crops like heirloom tomatoes has become almost a cliché, grains are late in arriving to local tables, because growing them requires a lot of land and equipment. Milling, malting and marketing take both tools and cooperation. The New Bread Basket reveals the bones of that cooperation, profiling the seed breeders, agronomists and grassroots food activists who are collaborating with farmers, millers, bakers and other local producers.
Take Andrea and Christian Stanley, a couple who taught themselves the craft of malting and opened the first malthouse in New England in 100 years. Outside Ithaca, New York, bread from a farmer-miller-baker partnership has become an emblem in the battle against shale gas fracking. And in the Pacific Northwest, people are shifting grain markets from commodity exports to regional feed, food and alcohol production. Such pioneering grain projects give consumers an alternative to industrial bread and beer, and return their production to a scale that respects people, local communities and the health of the environment.
Many Americans today avoid gluten and carbohydrates. Yet, our shared history with grains—from the village baker to Wonder Bread—suggests that modern changes in farming and processing could be the real reason that grains have become suspect in popular nutrition. The people profiled in The New Bread Basket are returning to traditional methods like long sourdough fermentations that might address the dietary ills attributed to wheat. Their work and lives make our foundational crops visible, and vital, again.
Author: Amy Halloran
with The New Cast-Iron Cookbook, you'll whip up hundreds of modern, mouthwatering plates that will leave your dinner guests in awe. Featuring more than 200 recipes for the world's most indestructible skillet, you'll learn how easy it is to create delicious dishes from scratch and finally ditch that nonstick pan.
Author: Adams Media
The old-fashioned pressure cooker is now a must-have tool in the modern busy cook's kitchen. As easy as a slow cooker, but without the all-day wait, the pressure cooker makes crafting healthy and delicious meals effortless! The New Pressure Cooker Cookbook has it all! Complete with step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs, this cookbook takes what once was old and makes it new again with tasty recipes you won't be able to resist! Slow cooked taste in no time!
Wild foods are increasingly popular, as evidenced by the number of new books about identifying plants and foraging ingredients, as well as those written by chefs about culinary creations that incorporate wild ingredients. The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, however, goes well beyond both of these genres to deeply explore the flavors of local terroir, combining the research and knowledge of plants and landscape that chefs often lack with the fascinating and innovative techniques of a master food preserver and self-described “culinary alchemist.”
Author: PASCAL BAUDAR
From the heart of the Non-GMO movement comes a collection of recipes and advice for healthy living. Here in the United States, unlabeled GMOs (genetically modified organisms) contaminate as much as 80 percent of the packaged food supply. These novel organisms have never undergone long-term human safety tests, and are labeled or banned in more than 60 countries around the world. The Non-GMO Cookbook is an invaluable resource for the growing number of Americans who are looking to opt out of the GMO experiment.
For this unique cookbook, Megan Westgate and Courtney Pineau of the Non-GMO Project collected a delicious assortment of treasured recipes from friends and allies in the non-GMO community. From classic favorites to bold innovations, you'll find simple recipes for every meal and occasion. Complete with tips for non-GMO shopping, and featuring lots of gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergy-friendly selections, The Non-GMO Cookbook is your complete guide to safe, healthy, non-GMO living.
Author: M. Westgate & C. Pineau
A traditional foods diet celebrates unrefined, whole and natural foods while avoiding modern, refined ones; it also seeks to prepare them in the same manner as our ancestors, before the industrialization of food. The traditional foods diet, based on the findings of Dr. Weston A. Price's anthropological data from the 1930s, suggests that cultures who subsist on native, unrefined, traditionally prepared foods enjoy better health (with lower rates of infertility, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease) than those who consume a diet of processed foods. This cookbook offers a beautifully illustrated treatment of this nutrient-dense cooking style, with wholesome, time-tested recipes, including restorative bone broths, revitalizing kombuchas and tonics, and hearty and economical bean and lentil dishes. Contrary to nearly all of today's trendy diets, the traditional foods diet is not a restrictive eating style--it focuses on eating diversely and seasonally. It is more inclusive than the paleo diet and shares the environmental and ethical principles of the farm-to-table movement. Practical sidebars include tutorials on infusing honey, making homemade almond flour, preparing a sourdough starter, and rendering poultry fat. Beyond recipes, The Nourished Kitchen also addresses the larger issues of how modern convenience food bypasses traditional culinary wisdom and the critical importance of how food is sourced and prepared for optimal nutrition.
Author: Jennifer McGruther
Created by cooks who are cookbook collectors, The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook is the perfect kitchen companion, featuring more than 425 recipes tested and updated for today's healthful tastes and busy times. This new 352-page cookbook includes timeless hints and tips, illustrations, and full-color photographs.
“I want to tell you how much I enjoy my Everyday Cookbook. I tried yet another delicious recipe from it this weekend. I made the baked scallops, which is a very simple recipe with a delicious outcome. As my husband said, ‘Restaurant Quality.’”—Kathy Ann R.
Like the Almanac, the Everyday Cookbook promises to be new, useful and entertaining, every day.
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An easy-to-follow guide to cooking with eggs, including all the basic techniques and information on buying and storing.
Author: Alex Barker
The urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant our communities would be if 30 million acres of lawns were made productive again. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems; making growing fruits, vegetables and livestock easier and more sustainable.
The Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households and neighborhoods, complemented by extensive case studies of three successful farmsteads and market gardens. This comprehensive manual casts garden farming as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living well with less money. It shows how, by mimicking the intelligence of nature and applying appropriate technologies such as solar and environmental design, permaculture can:
Author: Peter Bane
The Prepper's Guide to Foraging is not a plant identification guide in the traditional sense. It is instead a guide to using plants to supplement other means of food production and subsistence living. Author David Nash believes that there is not enough land available to support a large-scale return to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the event of a large-scale disaster, but that botanical knowledge does provide an edge to the well prepared.
This book advocates the acquisition of knowledge to allow its reader to safely identify, harvest, and use common North American plants. Wild plants can provide shelter, material, medicine, and food to help the reader extend stored food as well as create items that may be otherwise unavailable during a crisis.
Twenty-five easily identified plants common to the United States are described and illustrated with notations for their common usage. Each plant described in this book comes with one recipe for food as well as detailed instructions for at least one alternative use. Additional instructions for the preparation of standard medicinal items like tinctures, creams, and infusions are included, as well as botanical guides to help identify other plants. Special emphasis has been added for North American trees.
Author: DAVID NASH
No longer is the pressure cooker a relic of your grandmother’s kitchen. Today, this powerful pot has become one of the most essential cooking tools in America. In this hectic, fast-paced life, with many hungry mouths to feed, a hodgepodge of ingredients in the fridge, and too many rules on how to cook one’s food, the pressure cooker emerges as the answer to all unnecessary problems. With her expertise on practical living, Kate Rowinski has put together an indispensable cookbook that introduces the fundamentals of pressure cooking: the best equipment, how to use your tools, safety practices, and cooking time charts for different ingredients. That’s followed by more than 80 recipes that utilize the pressure cooker for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even all-day snacks. Learn to cook beloved meals in a third to half the normal cooking time. This book’s delicious.
Author: Kate Rowinski
Probiotics can also improve a host of other conditions, from allergies to arthritis, depression to obesity … they have even been shown to inhibit cancer and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Now Michelle Schoffro Cook shares this groundbreaking research, demonstrating the link between gastrointestinal health and overall well-being. She offers concrete ways for you to use this extraordinary information, explaining how to use probiotics to address a range of medical issues.
Author: Michelle Schoffro Cook