Go Green with Earth-Friendly Cookbooks

A new crop of cookbooks promoting sustainable fare has recently hit the shelves. In honor of Earth Day, I encourage you to seek them out at your local bookstore.

True Food: 8 Simple Steps to a Healthier You by Annie B. Bond, Melissa Breyer, and Wendy Gordon (National Geographic Books, 2010). Straddling the spheres of health, eco-consciousness, and practical cooking, this 320 page volume is packed with useful information on how to shop greener, prepare fresher meals, and eat economically. Though it has no photos, the writing is clear and fluid, and numerous sidebars and tips provide abundant data in easy-to-understand lingo.

In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, 2010). Waters, the doyenne of the local, sustainable food movement for decades, continues to lead the charge for seasonal, earth-friendly cuisine. Her new volume celebrates 30 of her chef colleagues, from Dan Barber to Deborah Madison to Rick Bayless, with beautiful portraiture by Christopher Hirsheimer. This technique-driven book, which covers everything from poaching eggs to roasting meat, offers 50 recipes that rely on common, easy-to-find ingredients. The two page photo spread of colorful fruits on pages 128 and 129 is worth the purchase price alone.

Sustainably Delicious: Making the World a Better Place, One Recipe at a Time by Michel Nischan (Rodale Books, 2010). Though I haven’t yet seen Nischan’s newest book, which was just released last week, advance materials confirm that it’s devoted to celebrating, and safeguarding, the earth’s natural culinary resources.    Nischan co-founded the Connecticut-based restaurant Dressing Room: A Homegrown Restaurant with Paul Newman, and is also CEO of Wholesome Wave Foundation, an organization dedicated to advocating for healthier food systems nationwide. The book includes stories from farmers and chefs, plus over 100 recipes. (As an aside, New Yorkers should check out Nischan at the Fresh Union Square flagship store on Earth Day from noon to 4:00pm, where he’ll offer tastings from the book.)

For those committed to celebrating Earth Day both outside and in the kitchen, these three resources should provide plenty of culinary inspiration.



Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.





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