Reviewed by Nina L.

The Earthbound Cook book is a wonderful collection of tasty, nutritious recipes and eco-friendly kitchen ideas. Brought together by Myra Goodman, co-founder of Earthbound Farms, the country’s largest producer of organic produce, this book contains 250 recipes from starters to sides, meat dishes to breads, salads to deserts, and many more.

Besides the recipes, Goodman also poses questions to enhance the reader’s knowledge of the green kitchen. What does USDA Organic Certification means? How can we better understand Eco-Labels for Meat? What are the benefits of choosing organic dairy products? Should we use the microwave or the stove to heat leftovers? Through her simplified explanations, Goodman shows how little changes made in the kitchen can truly impact the world around us.

Great idea aside, the test of any good recipe book is the recipes. These range from simple to complex. The Butternut, White Bean and Chard Soup is a hearty bit of comfort on a cold fall day. One of my current favorites is the Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Breakfast Squares; I made this recipe for the office and no one would believe that it was a breakfast food and nutritious. The squares went quick! This book has allowed me to learn new uses for less than ordinary fruits and vegetables in combination. The Italian Sausage with Fennel and Grapes is a wonderful amalgamation of flavors and is very satisfying during the cold autumnal months.

[amazonify]0761156348[/amazonify]In her introduction, Myra Goodman explains her intentions for The Earthbound Cook: it is a cookbook with 250 recipes, it is a reference guide of cooking tips, and it is an informative introduction to mindful cooking choices. The essays on eco-friendly options are succinct and instructive without being preachy. Often, Goodman plays devil’s advocate to her own ideas as she ponders the benefits and detriments of such topics as frozen versus canned vegetables and fruits when the fresh varieties are out of season. However, the true value of a cookbook is in its recipes, and The Earthbound Cookbook is sure to please in its variety, nutrition, simplicity, and deliciousness.

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Workman Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.