Book Review: Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook

Category : Book and Movie Reviews

Northwest Vegetarian CookbookAs 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

Slow Cookers Make Home Cooking Easy

Category : Book and Movie Reviews, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Best of Bridge Slow Cooker CookbookEating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) means you’ll be preparing meals at home most of the time. It also means those meals will be prepared mostly from scratch (i.e., no processed foods). Most people, I think, agree that eating at home would be better for their health, but some balk at the amount of time they think they’ll have to spend in the kitchen.Now, I could make a pretty good science-based argument that a lifestyle so hectic you don’t have time to ensure you eat well has other inherent health risks (stress effects on hormones, for example). However, it’s even easier to demonstrate that spending a lot of time in the kitchen in order to prepare healthy meals is totally unnecessary. Continue Reading