Tuesday, October 01, 2013

On the Same Page - Cookbooks

Check out these cookbooks for recipes using sustainable and fresh ingredients.

Bryant Terry is a self-described “chef and food justice activist”. His third cookbook, The Inspired Vegan is a colorful and thoughtful book designed to help you broaden your culinary improvisation.  Whether you’re looking to strengthen your own cooking foundations or simply wish to meander through spontaneous food adventures, this book of art, stories, and recipes will leave you satisfied.

Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli is a vegan cookbook, by a former winner of Cupcake Wars, with a variety of delicious recipes. The best part about this cookbook is the easy and approachable style. Featuring lots of pictures, there are simple recipes that come together quickly and leave you satisfied. If you are new to vegan or vegetarian cooking, be sure to give this one a try!

True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure by Andrew Weil and Sam Fox is one of those rare cookbooks that can talk you into trying new foods and embracing the unfamiliar. The recipes blend Mediterranean and Asian influences to create seasonal and sustainable dishes. There are a few head scratcher ingredients here, but certainly nothing like the list of Franken-ingredients popular in most processed and fast foods. The authors work hard to give you hints on where to find the more exotic ones and the innovative flavor combinations are worth the extra effort!

Another great resource for the latest news on restaurants and seasonally-focused food trends is the library’s digital magazine collection. With Zinio, magazines such as Eating Well, Eating Light, Saveur, Vegetarian Times and Better Homes and Gardens 30 Minute Dinners are literally at your fingertips. Grab your tablet, head to the kitchen, put on that apron, and check out Zinio to find what to cook now! For information about getting started with this free library service, go to http://www.vbgov.com/magazines.

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