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A perfect and irresistible idea: A cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget—and a cookbook with a strong charitable component.
While studying food policy as a master’s candidate at New York University, Leanne Brown asked a simple yet critical question: How well can a person eat on the $4 a day given by SNAP, the U.S. government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (informally known as food stamps)? The answer is surprisingly well: Broiled Tilapia with Lime, Spicy Pulled Pork, Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadillas, Vegetable Jambalaya, Beet and Chickpea Salad—even desserts like Coconut Chocolate Cookies and Peach Coffee Cake. In addition to creating nutritious recipes that maximize every ingredient and use economical cooking methods, Brown gives tips on shopping; on creating pantry basics; on mastering certain staples—pizza dough, flour tortillas—and saucy extras that make everything taste better, such as spice oil and tzatziki; and how to make fundamentally smart, healthful food choices.
The idea for Good and Cheap is already proving itself. The author launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish and fund the buy one/give one model. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched her video and donated $145,000, and national media are paying attention. Even high-profile chefs and food writers have taken note—like Mark Bittman, who retweeted the link to the campaign; Francis Lam, who called it “Terrific!”; and Michael Pollan, who cited it as a “cool kickstarter.” In the same way that TOMS turned inexpensive, stylish shoes into a larger do-good movement, Good and Cheap is poised to become a cookbook that every food lover with a conscience will embrace.
Good Berry Bad Berry is the authoritative one-stop guide to the beautiful world of wild berries, with clear descriptions and full color photographs of 40 of the most noteworthy and widely available berries in North America (as well as a separate listing of berries found only in certain regions).
With a distinctly modern sensibility, chef Alice Hart revamps traditional vegetarian cooking for how we eat today: clean, but never deprived; thoughtful, but not over complex. In Good Veg, she shares 200 recipes that surprise and thrill through contrasts: hot and cool, crisp and soft, spicy yet herbal. These recipes appeal to the basic desires of everyone’s taste buds. Hart also includes options for vegan, low-sugar, gluten-free, and raw diets. Finally: a pioneering, healthy cookbook, full of recipes for giving pleasure.
The Grit Cookbook Package includes: Lard, Comfort Food Cookbook, and Bread. All of these cookbooks contain recipes that have been collected from the archives of long-running country lifestyle magazine Grit (as well as sister publication Mother Earth News). You’ll never have to ask the question, “What should we have for dinner?” again, thanks to the hundreds of recipes compiled into these three cookbooks. Whether you’re wanting to make homemade bread, craving the comfort of homemade soup, or wanting to branch out and use new ingredients, these cookbooks have you covered.
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Grocery Gardening includes garden planning, planting, preparing, preserving and nutritional information for each of the more than twenty selected edibles. In addition to tips on when to harvest home grown vegetables, the authors offer advice on how to select the freshest produce at the local market, and select complementary ingredients to combine with your home-grown edibles. Jean Ann Van Krevelen, together with her team of food and gardening experts and their community of readers, encourage gardeners and non-gardeners alike to plan meals based on what is in season. Whether you buy local or grow your own, the recipes will delight your family with seasonal freshness. Also included is a chapter on preserving your harvest, with tips for freezing, drying, canning and preserving.
In Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, Groves provides 23 specially tailored garden plans for addressing the most common health needs, along with simple recipes for using each group of herbs. Whether the need is for headache relief, immune support, stress relief, or a daily tonic, readers will learn the three to six herbs that are most effective and how to plant, harvest, and care for each one.
In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short Northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see anyone through the dark days of winter. Providing helpful hints and a wise gardening philosophy for a productive food garden, Watts begins at ground level with instruction on how to use compost and manure to create fertile soil that will lend its life to plants. A variety of seed options and planting methods are presented — including start times and placement — taking into account microclimates that occur in each garden as well as the benefits of companion planting. Additionally, plants that are easily grown in Zone 2 and 3 are listed with concise how-to-grow information. Watts provides full chapters on garden maintenance and harvesting, as well as tips on cooking and preserving the bounty with great recipes that focus on eating seasonally.
Interest in local, sustainable food is at an all-time high. Devotees of farmers market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, backyard homesteaders, and community gardeners all want to know more (much more) about how our food is raised. Now, seventh-generation farmer and author Forrest Pritchard introduces us to 18 heroes of the sustainable food movement.
Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. Fred Demara's revised how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
Reap the benefits of all-natural hydrosols, and learn how to distill them yourself, with Harvest to Hydrosol. Learn the medicinal and therapeutic uses of flowers, herbs, and even weeds, and how valuable they can be to our bodies and spirits. Hydrosols are the condensate water produced during the distillation process. They can be ingested for medicinal purposes; used for aromatherapy; incorporated into cooking and drinking water; integrated into cleaning and purifying your home; used as a perfume, linen spray, facial mist, or nasal decongestant; and more. With this guide, author and botanist Ann Harman will teach you the act of hydro-distillation and the uses of hydrosols. Learn the technical process of hydro-distillation in detail, covering everything from equipment and safety to care and storage.
This guide includes a plant reference complete with plant information and photographs, so you can easily identify which plants to use for what ailment. Try distilling coriander for its detoxifying, digestive, and antimicrobial properties. Use fennel as an expectorant or carminative. Distill lavender for an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory medicine. With 150 photos, diagrams, and tables, this book will walk you through the complete process of hydro-distillation. Live a healthy, organic life through these all-natural hydrosols with the help of Harvest to Hydrosol.
Heal Local Basic Home Healthcare Kit has everything you need to start making electuaries in your own kitchen! This kit includes Dawn Combs’ book, Heal Local, as well as four different Mockingbird Meadow Herbal products (Allergency Herbal Honey Booster, Universal Herbal Balm, Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea and Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters) that will help ease whichever ailment comes your way. This kit has everything you need to learn about, taste, and create your very own electuaries!
Heal Local book is about understanding the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile health care" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
Allergency Herbal Honey Booster provides supreme support for allergy sufferers, regardless of what ails them: dust, mold, pet, pollen, or food allergies. Designed to be stirred into honey, herbal honey boosters are a combination of powdered medicinal herbs specially formulated to help ease a variety of common ailments.
Universal Herbal Balm provides relief for small cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, and bites. Unlike commercial preparations, this Universal Balm is safe for young children and animals because it’s even safe to ingest.
Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea, the herbs in the tea have a long and successful history of cooling down a fever that rages too high or too long. Leaf Tea is first aid for your skin, whether you drink it or add a cold, soaked tea cloth to your burn. For best results, serve hot for fever and cold for heat stress.
Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters 2 oz. bottles provide a simple and safe way to improve digestion. Gentian Bitters are a unique twist on the classic bitter plant, Gentiana lutea. We recommend adding them to a salad dressing! Bitters can help balance the digestive system and curb sugar cravings.
These products are formulated by Dawn Combs, a trained herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher, and long-time contributor to Mother Earth News and Mother Earth Living.
This statement has not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. These products aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.