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Get a jump on your spring garden by taking advantage of Eliot Coleman’s innovative strategies for successful growing in cold weather. Eliot’s book, The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses, will show you everything you need to grow your own clean organic produce all year long.
Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, The Winter Harvest Handbook, focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized, unheated or minimally heated, moveable plastic greenhouses.
Some of the most expensive and delicious gourmet mushrooms on the market are shiitakes, which also are credited in Asia with healthful properties such as lowering cholesterol and improving immunity to cancer. They are simple to grow in logs and take about 6 to 18 months to emerge. R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting, explains how.
Refrigerators are one of the largest energy consumers in your home. There are great steps you could take to reduce the energy consumption of your fridge, buy why not take advantage of the dropping (or already low) temperatures outside to build your own carbon-free refrigerator?
Stephen and Rebekah Hren, authors of The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit, will show you how.
Kale, a cousin of wild cabbage, is a wonder veggie. We love it for its nutrient saturation, that it is available all year, and it grows sweeter in the winter. Cookbook author Didi Emmons gives us another reason to sing our kale praises with a warm, hearty salad from her book Wild Flavors. Brimming with apples, raisins, feta and toasted walnuts, this salad can be served as a side or enjoyed as a healthy main course.
Wild Flavors follows a year at Eva’s Garden through the seasons. It showcases Emmons’s creative talents, featuring herbs (African basil, calaminth, lovage) and wild foods (autumn olives, wild roses, Japanese knotweed). The wide-ranging recipes reflect the shifting seasonal harvest and are easy to follow, but best of all, Emmons shows us how these herbs, greens, and wild foods improve and transform the flavors in our food.
There are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint by changing WHAT you cook for dinner: eat less meat, use local vegetables, grow your own, etc. But there are also many ways to decrease your carbon footprint by changing HOW you cook your dinner.
Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert, authors of Energy: Use Less-Save More, devote an entire section of their book to reducing energy usage in the kitchen. Here are some of their suggestions.
Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, tells you the four things you need to know about buying cheese.Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar’s unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco’s worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.
A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his way into his cheese job knowing almost nothing, but quickly discovered a whole world of amazing artisan cheeses. There he developed a deep understanding and respect for the styles, producers, animals, and techniques that go into making great cheese.
The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.
While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practival information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more.
Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Some common plants like Plantain have a large range of medincianal uses. Take a look at this excerpt to get the low down.
In their newest issue Herb Companion magazine writes about the recent tour of Peg’s herb farm (and includes an excerpt). It sounds like they had a wonderful visit: