Farmers’ Markets, Urban Agriculture and Your Table
Thinking about joining a farm share/CSA, or getting your produce, meat and eggs from the local farmers’ market instead of the grocery store?
These books will help you cook and think your way through all the options:
by Amy Cotler
Where to find local foods, how to eat locally on a budget, what questions to ask at the farmers’ market, and even how to grow your own food. Also offers savvy shopping tips, simple guides to preparing whatever is in season, ideas for bringing out the best flavors in farm-fresh foods, and strategies to make the harvest last.
by Deborah Madison
350 full-flavored recipes and accompanying menus include dishes as diverse as Pea and Spinach Soup with Coconut Milk; Rustic Onion Tart with Walnuts; Risotto with Sorrel; Mustard Greens Braised with Ginger, Cilantro, and Rice; Poached Chicken with Leeks and Salsa Verde; Soy Glazed Sweet Potatoes; Cherry Apricot Crisp; and Plum Kuchen with Crushed Walnut Topping.
by Jessie Price and the editors of EatingWell
Divided by season, 100+ recipes celebrate the freshest ingredients. Also includes tips on how to freeze and preserve bumper crops; techniques for roasting peppers, peeling mangoes, and other ways to preserve your farm finds.
foreword by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney ; edited by Annie Rigg
Aimed at everyone who cares about the environment, and is happy to eat vegetarian one day a week but needs inspiration and guidance to do so. Includes menus for each of the 52 weeks of the year – two main recipes, plus four other ideas for each meal of the day.
by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon
Smith and MacKinnon were trying to live more lightly on the planet; meanwhile, their “SUV diet” was producing greenhouse gases and smog at an unparalleled rate. So they decided on an experiment: for one year they would eat only food produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver home.
by Tracie McMillan
Shopping at Farmers’ Markets and eating local can be prohibitively expensive. In 2009, award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan embarked on an undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.
by Nikki McClure
Follows a mother and son to the weekly market in this picture book. As they check off items on their shopping list, the reader learns how each particular food was grown or produced.
by Darrin Nordahl
A contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement in shaping food policy. In “municipal agriculture,” elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers, and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, city squares, parking lots, as well as the grounds around libraries, schools, government offices, and even jails) to grow food.
* Reason #3 from 8 Reasons Awesome Girls Should Learn to Cook, on SummerTomato.com:
“Junk food creates spikes and dips in blood sugar that make you tired and kill your ability to concentrate. Cooking healthier food at home will give you the focus to stay sharp all day.”