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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.
Author: Leanne Brown
BackHome Magazine praised the Made at Home series for its "uncomplicated and easy-to-understand format that is designed to encourage rather than intimidate the reader." Continuing that format, Cheese and Dairy shows how shoppers can avoid the dairy cooler and make their own creamy products.
The book contains six sections, beginning with guidance on how to set up a dairy in a home kitchen for cooking, airing, drying and aging, the equipment needed, and using starter cultures.
Two sections, Milk and Cream, cover the types of milk (cow, sheep, goat, buffalo), cooking, souring and storage. Simple instructions show how to make sour cream, crème fraîche and more, and recipes include Portuguese Custard Tarts, Spinach Soup and Strawberry Milkshake.
Butter provides instruction on making salted and unsalted butters, clarified butter, ghee, buttermilk, and butter sauces, as well as how to cook with butter. Recipes include Granny's Buttermilk Pancakes and Lemon Sole with Beurre Noisette.
Yogurt demonstrates how easy it is to make the incredibly popular and healthy treat at home, such as Basic Yogurt, Greek-style and Kefir, with tasty recipes that include Gourmet and Frozen Yogurts.
Cheese includes essential methods for Cottage Cheese, Whey Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Mascarpone, Goat Cheese, Feta, Halloumi, Mozzarella, Semisoft Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Waxed Cheeses, and Blue Cheese, as well as Serving, Tasting and Wine Pairing.
Presented in a simple format with clear pictures and nontechnical instructions, the Made at Home series is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to take control of their food in terms of both quality and taste.
Author: Dick & James Strawbridge
Do you daydream of that classic cheddar in your sandwich or creamy melted mozzarella on your pizza? There are so many reasons why people don't eat dairy. Whatever it may be for you, this kit is here to give you delicious dairy-free options, including classic cheddar, smoked cheddar, and sharp white cheddar, as well as two varieties of mozzarella and two of ricotta. Now you can enjoy all your favorite dishes again!
The Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo and Allergy-Friendly Cheddar, Mozzarella and Ricotta Kit includes these carefully selected and tested supplies:
This kit has no soy, grains, gluten, or carrageenan, and if you have a nut allergy, you can use seeds or beans. There are no nuts in the kit. Simply add your choice of nuts, seeds, veggies, or even white beans, as well as a healthy oil, optional spices, and herbs. In less than an hour, you can behold and enjoy and your own homemade, delicious, totally plant-based wheel of cheese! The kit makes 10 combined batches of the various cheeses. A batch yields 1 to 1.5 cups of cheese, depending on your chosen ingredients. There is no aging or culturing required, but you can choose to add fermented foods for great flavor. The kit shelf life is two years. The shapes, textures, flavors, and processes are inspired by Urban Cheesecraft’s traditional cheesemaking experience, to give you an artisanal cheese treat. You won't believe your taste buds, and you’ll have a ton of fun as a new dairy-free cheesemaker!
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Why does food taste better when you know where it comes from? Because history-ecological, cultural, even personal-flavors every bite we eat. Whether it's the volatile chemical compounds that a plant absorbs from the soil or the stories and memories of places that are evoked by taste, layers of flavor await those willing to delve into the roots of real food. In this landmark book, Gary Paul Nabhan takes us on a personal trip into the southwestern borderlands to discover the terroir-the taste of the place-that makes this desert so delicious.
To savor the terroir of the borderlands, Nabhan presents a cornucopia of local foods-Mexican oregano, mesquite-flour tortillas, grass-fed beef, the popular Mexican dessert capirotada, and corvina (croaker or drum fish) among them-as well as food experiences that range from the foraging of Cabeza de Vaca and his shipwrecked companions to a modern-day camping expedition on the Rio Grande. Nabhan explores everything from the biochemical agents that create taste in these foods to their history and dispersion around the world. Through his field adventures and humorous stories, we learn why Mexican oregano is most potent when gathered at the most arid margins of its range-and why foods found in the remote regions of the borderlands have surprising connections to foods found by his ancestors in the deserts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. By the end of his movable feast, Nabhan convinces us that the roots of this fascinating terroir must be anchored in our imaginations as well as in our shifting soils.
Author: Gary Nabhan
This comprehensive book is a reflection of the groundswell of enthusiasm for healthy eating … leafy greens in particular. Kale led the charge and now consumers are looking for new alternatives among these inexpensive, nutritious and versatile ingredients.
Dozens of varieties of leafy greens are featured (67 to be exact), each with a photograph for easy identification. They range from the well-known (spinach) to the trendy (kale and collards) to the obscure (items that mizuna and purslane). With the world growing smaller every day and our grocery store selections expanding, it's probably just a matter of time before you see these at your local grocers.
All the greens are listed alphabetically, and each listing contains:
Award-winning food writer Susan Sampson has created 250 outstanding vegan recipes, a wide and wonderful variety that can be enjoyed as main dishes, sides and even breakfast. Smoothies are the perfect way to incorporate more greens into your diet. The humble Brussels sprouts rise to a whole new level in Brussels and Yukon Hash, dandelion takes a dandy turn in Penne Boscaiola, and Napa simply shines in Grilled Kimcheese Sandwiches. Explore greens from other parts of the world that are now grown in North America: Yu Choy in Yu Choy with Saucy Shiitakes and Baby Corn, or taro leaves that perfectly complete the recipe for West Indies Pepper Pot Soup.
So stretch beyond your typical cooking routine and tap into a healthier, more interesting way of eating by simply incorporating more greens into your kitchen.
Author: Susan Sampson
Reboost your health with hundreds of tips from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Super Herbs. Inside this 96-page guide you’ll learn more about elderberry, turmeric, ginger, thyme, and more herbs for good health. Learn about the top six medicinal essential oils; natural dental and allergy remedies; herbs and nutrients for a better night’s rest; gardening for medicinal health, emotional well-being, and improved digestion; growing ginger and turmeric; and more.
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Maintaining a healthy home and healthy family is, for the most part, everyone’s goal; however, achieving that goal may be a challenge. With the third edition of Guide to Family Health, Mother Earth News offers more than 215 tips for natural wellness as well as several popular articles featured in Mother Earth News on healthy and natural living.
Read how to have a healthy home by learning how common household problems can be solved without resorting to harsh chemicals. Discover how to make simple soaps with the easy and unique herbal homemade soap recipes found in this guide. If you are a new parent, learn home remedies for ear infections, stretch marks, colic and more. Six doctors share their favorite recipes to help naturally boost your family’s immunity – no drugstore needed. Find out how to make your backyard more productive and save money, increase your garden’s yield and maximize its resources.
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Comeback Farms takes up where Judy's previous book, No Risk Ranching ended. Here, he shows how to add sheep, goats, and pigs to existing cattle operations. He details fencing and water systems that build on existing infrastructure set up for Management-Intensive Grazing. Sharing his firsthand experience (the mistakes as well as successes), Judy takes graziers to the next level. He shows how high density grazing (HDG) on his own farm and those he leases can revitalize hayed-out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grow both green grass and greenbacks.
Author: Greg Judy
We have just compiled 10 years of GRIT, bringing you all the best information to help you get the most out of living out where the pavement ends, and utilizing your backyard in town—delivered on a thumb drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Questions about backyard chickens? No problem, use our search function to bring up all of GRIT’s relevant content! Whether cooking, crafting, woodwork, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered!
Format: USB Flash Drive
Dreading the weekly lawn mow? Need to whack the weeds in your orchard? Cringing at the drudgery and incessant blare of the mower? Imagine instead long sweeps of an elegant scythe cutting your grass and pesky weeds in blissful, meditative silence.
That is the power of the "scythe revolution" sweeping North America.
Written by a master of the scythe, professionally trained in Austria, and drawing deeply on research into original German texts, The Scything Handbook brings centuries-old scything techniques into the 21st century.
Detailed illustrations cover scythe assembly, perfecting the stroke, blade selection, honing, peening, and aftercare, as well as background on how scythes are forged. Also covered are the basics of making hay and mulch by hand, and how to grow and harvest grains at the home and homestead scale for self-sufficiency.
Scything promotes health, flexibility, mind-body connection, and a meditative contemplation of the natural world while producing beautiful lawns and luscious mulch for the modern gardener and homesteader. This is truly an heirloom tool to master.
Join the scythe revolution!
Author: Ian Miller
Also known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” or Ling-Chi, there are a few species of Reishi mushrooms native to temperate climates, and this is the prettiest we have found. This mushroom is beautifully lacquered with brilliant yellow new growth and white tips, like the sun setting perfectly, this mushroom is living art. A potent medicinal mushroom, Reishi's powers range from sugar regulation for diabetics to cancer fighting properties. This strain is proving to be a potent natural antibiotic as well, exhibiting inhibition against Strep and Staph, making it useful for throat sprays and soaps or cosmetics. Outdoors this mushroom grows on oak, cherry and maple logs, half buried the best, but can adapt to other hardwoods. We also fruit this one indoors very easily on sterilized sawdust, fruiting in 14-21 days! This mushroom is corky and bitter, so we prefer to dry them fresh and grind them up in a blender to make a fluffy fiber, then make extracts.
This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.
Author: Mushroom Mountain
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Vermont-based master butcher Cole Ward delivers a comprehensive guide to whole-animal butchery that goes beyond conventional "do-it-yourself" books and takes readers inside the world of truly sustainable meat production. The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat demystifies the process of getting meat to the table, and its wide scope will be welcome to those who not only wish to learn the rudiments of butchery, but also want to understand how meat animals are raised, slaughtered and marketed in a holistic system that honors both animals and consumers.
Written in Ward's unique voice of humor and simplicity, the book celebrates the traditional art of culinary butchery, introducing readers to stand-out butchers in America and Europe as well as a diverse group of farmers committed to raising the very best animals with respect.
The many methods of raising and finishing meat animals are clearly and thoroughly explained and compared, and sensitive issues like hormone and antibiotic use in meat production are assessed. Readers will learn all the terminology associated with meat and butchery, as well as the complexities of meat grading, carcass yield, marbling scores, and issues with inspection.
Also included are recipes, a detailed glossary, and more information on:
History buffs will delight in the chapter that traces the roots of butchery from pre-history to modern times, and meat shoppers will welcome Ward's description of what goes on behind the scenes at meat markets large and small. And new or aspiring butchers will find a well-illustrated slideshow on CD (included in the back of the book) with more than 800 images on cutting up a side of beef, a side of pork, and whole lamb and chicken in more detail than is offered in any other book on the subject. Sure to be the ultimate resource on the subject of gourmet butchery, this book will change the conversation and help bring back a traditional art that is in jeopardy, but increasingly important in the local-food and ecological agriculture movement.
Author: Cole Ward, Karen Coshof