I have lots of thoughts floating around in my head about eating. I’m sure they’ll come out eventually in some coherent way. But, in the meantime, I’d like to make a recommendation. If you’re interested in eating more sustainably, in thinking about how the choices we make about food can impact our world, or simply are looking for a really good cookbook, then buy this:
It’s my favorite cookbook. I go to it regularly. The recipes are generally easy and don’t require many hard-to-find ingredients. The beauty of the cookbook is that it is arranged by season. So you won’t find summer ingredients in the winter section, for example. It’s an easy way for me to find recipes that are tailored to what is available at the right time of year. So you could challenge yourself to cook as much as possible from the Winter section in winter, etc. I do find that some of the autumn and winter recipes overlap some. Also, because we froze so many vegetables in the summer, I’m able to make some summer recipes from the bounty of our freezer. So there’s certainly some flexibility there.
You should buy this cookbook! Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go to support the work of the Mennonite Central Committee, which “seeks to demonstrate God’s love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster.” (See their website for more information about what they do.)
In the event that you already have this cookbook, or decide to buy it, here are some of my favorite recipes from the Autumn and Winter sections (mostly from Autumn, now that I think about it):
Nutty Pumpkin Bread, p. 178 (We make this a lot – it’s very moist, full of fiber, and very good)
Butternut Bisque, p. 184
Butternut Harvest Stew, p. 187
Butternut Sage Orzo, p. 200 (REALLY good and super, super easy. We loved this!)
Chard Utopia, p. 205 (this is like spanikopita but with chard. And actually, I don’t really follow the recipe but just make it the way Tina taught me to but just use chard instead of spinach. Regardless, I’m sure this recipe is good too!)
Vegetarian Groundnut Stew, p. 207
Pumpkin Sausage Pasta, p. 212
Golden Carrot Bake, p. 249
Marrakesh Lamb Stew, p. 267
Part of the fun of this cookbook is getting to return to a new section after being away from it for a few months!