Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Good Food Reads

If your eyes are gazing upon these words, most likely you've arrived at them because you are a food lover. In between this reading material and others, I would love to suggest some of my favorites:

First and foremost, if you have a passion for real food and its limitless good news for lasting health and eating pleasure, become a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation to receive their quarterly journal "Wise Traditions." It is priceless material. For science majors, agricultural devotees, family planners and lay readers alike. From cover to cover, I always learn something new, and am encouraged to keep a firm grasp on personal health by way of traditional eating.

Second, explore cookbooks. There is a vast world of material published by individuals passionate about food. My favorites include: Nourishing Traditions, The Silver Palate, The New Basics, Extending the Table, The More With Less Cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and anything random or vintage.

Third, subscribe to SAVEUR. It is fabulous.

Finally, recipes from grandmothers are as good as it gets. I cherish the hand written tablet scribbled with my grandmother-in-law's recipes for homemade pickles to sweet potato pie.

Collect, browse, dogear pages, highlight, and begin a signature recipe box. Cooking real food at home instantly bonds us with generations past, strengthens family ties, and above all else, nourishes health each savory bite at a time.



  1. Thanks, as always, for the tips, Rachel! I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration.

    Since I still consider myself a novice cook, two of my standbys are How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.


  2. Oh yes. Recipes from older relatives are real treasures. I remember when I discovered a "cookbook" made by my great aunt Dee Dee's class. It has typed recipes for everything (well, mostly desserts) and real Ohio style. I love looking through that. I also love making anything that my mom makes that was taught to her by her favorite grandmother Clara. Just the other day, Mom was whipping something up and bragging on her grandmother. In a society that is so very fragmented and pretty disconnected from family, tradition, our ancestors, and, heck, even the places we live, it is surely a very nourishing practice to learn and use recipes from our kinfolk. Keep the spirit alive, Rach!

  3. Do all grandmother's handwriting look alike? I would have thought that was my grandma Esther's for sure!