As the end of canning season approaches, and my pantry is full of local ingredients I will use throughout the winter, my thoughts begin to turn toward new and interesting recipes to try. I pull out cookbooks, buy a few new ones, and explore the possibilities.
One of my favorite cookbooks to browse is The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: 200 Recipes That Celebrate the Flavors of Oregon and Washington by Debra Daniels-Zeller. I was first attracted to the book by the enticing cover photo of one of my top food choices–fresh asparagus. Later I had the good fortune to meet the author at a Community Food Co-op event about a year ago. I enjoyed talking with her, and later visited her blog titled “Food Connections: connecting with local foods in the Northwest and beyond.” I’ve been following her work ever since. Continue Reading
Photo by William Warby
For the past decade, US media has carried reports of declining honeybee populations and the impending doom it could mean for food production. I’d seen depressing stories about colony collapse disorder (CCD) where whole hives of bees inexplicably disappear, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus from the library. However, I wanted to know exactly was happening with our fuzzy little friends. Continue Reading
Gardening books interest me, but don’t usually excite me, though I’ve probably enjoyed nearly as many hours reading about gardening as doing it. Recently, though, I came across a book which casts gardening in a whole new perspective. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) is nothing short of paradigm changing. Continue Reading
I was recently asked to review a new book by Rebecca Nab Young called There Is Always Room For One More: Volga German Stories and Recipes. At first I didn’t see the connection with eating local Whatcom County ingredients, the theme of this blog, but then I saw the book’s cover photo. I instantly flashed back to the mid-1950s and my early years in Indiana. The multigenerational family, the hairstyles, the big crowded table–everything reminded me of my grandparents’ midwestern farm and the incredible meals my grandmother and other women in the family used to assemble for extended family get-togethers. Then I got the connection–besides being about local food, my blog is about community and a sense of place. It’s also about taking the time to share good food with friends and family, food prepared with love and care, and food that evokes memories. The book is also about food, family, place, and memories. Continue Reading