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Organic food is the best food possible. Its synonymous with premium quality, delicious flavor, conscientious farming, and optimum health. Its what we need to feed our kids, its what we deserve to feed ourselves. And thanks in part to Myra Goodman, co-owner and cofounder of Earthbound Farm with her husband, Drew, organic food is now available just about anywhere fresh food is sold, becoming more mainstream every day.
Not only has Myra been growing organic food for over twenty years, she has been cooking with it, too. In Food to Live By she combines her twin food passions, serving up hundreds of recipes, ideas, shopping and cooking tips, health notes, and more. Illustrating the book are full-color photographs throughout that bring readers right into the breathtaking California sunshine.
This is perfect cooking for friends and family, packed with irresistible dishes for weeknight dinners and casual entertaining, festive breakfasts and fall picnics. Recipes are all about the ingredients and their intrinsic qualities, not fancy techniques or time-consuming steps. Marry chicken with three simple accompaniments— rosemary, lemons, and garlic—and its transformed. Heighten the flavor of a springtime fava bean and orzo salad with an unexpected fava bean “pesto.” Combine Meyer lemon juice and soy sauce to create a marinade, tenderizer, and sauce that results in a perfect grilled flank steak.
Food to Live By also includes a wealth of information about organic farming and how to make the wisest food choices; there are full-color Field Guides—to gourmet greens, apples, heirloom tomatoes, winter squash—and Farm Fresh ingredient guides to sorrel, corn, melons, avocados, organic poultry, asparagus, artichokes, ginger, and more, featuring what to look for plus care and handling. The book is a boon to food lovers.
From Earthbound Farm's Myra Goodman and her Farm Stand's Organic Kitchen comes an appealing, casual style of cooking. Easy to prepare, the more than 260 recipes make a deliciously persuasive case for using flavorful, fresh, organic foods as often as possible. Take the Sweet Corn Chowder, which uses not only corn kernels for the soup, but also the stripped cobs to make a rich, herb-scented broth. Or Ginger Carrot Soup, which proves how even familiar vegetables take on a whole new intensity and character when raised organically. From Golden Tomato Gazpacho, Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad, Foggy Day Chili, and Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions to Farm Stand Carrot Cake and Cherry Panna Cotta, these are deep down delicious dishes for everyone who cares about what they eat.
Goodman offers an utterly appealing, new casual style of cooking based on using the best ingredients, organic or otherwise. The dishes are irresistible, plus, throughout are cooking and shopping tips, and health notes.
Organic food is synonymous with premium quality, the deepest, richest taste, conscientious farming, and optimum health. It’s what we need to feed our kids, what we deserve to feed ourselves. And no one is doing more to popularize organic food that Myra Goodman, a mother, a creative cook, and most significantly, co-owner of Earthbound Farm, the world’s largest grower and purveyor of organic produce.
In Food to Live By, a dazzling full-color cookbook, Myra Goodman offers an utterly appealing, new casual style of cooking based on using the best ingredients, organic or otherwise. The dishes are irresistible: Sweet Corn Chowder. Spinach, Feta and Mushroom Quiche. Foggy Day Chili. Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Ginger Lime Salmon. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spiced Orange Sauce. Blue Cheese Smashed Potatoes. Coconut Lemongrass Sorbet. Cherry Panna Cotta. Farm Stand Carrot Cake. Plus, throughout are Farm-Fresh Ingredient boxes—on sorrel, corn, asparagus, artichokes— cooking and shopping tips, and health notes.
Before Myra and her husband, Drew, founded Earthbound Farm, they tended a small organic raspberry patch in Carmel, California—and Myra baked (and sold) amazing Raspberry Corn Muffins, plus jams, and more. Then Earthbound grew to offer organic lettuce mixes to local restaurants, and eventually the rest of the country. When The Organic Kitchen at Earthbound Farm opened, it was yet another venue for Myra, and the café’s chefs, to share delicious recipes and ideas. Now Food to Live By brings this organic revolution to everyone who cares about what they eat.
About the Author
Myra Goodman is the author of Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook and The Earthbound Cook: Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet. She and her husband, Drew, founded Earthbound Farm as a 2½-acre backyard garden in 1984. Today, it is the largest grower of organic produce in North America, with 150 farmers growing organic produce on more than 35,000 acres. Myra and Drew were honored with Global Green USAs Corporate Environmental Leadership Award in 2003 and, in 2008, they received the Organic Trade Associations Organic Leadership Award. Food articles by Linda Holland have appeared in The New York Times, and Gourmet and Hemispheres magazines. She lives in San Francisco.Before working as the consulting chef for Earthbound, Pamela McKinstry owned and operated several restaurants on Nantucket. She lives in Carmel with her husband.
Table of Contents
The Time Is Ripe for Organic! . . ix
The Carmel Valley Farm Stand and Organic Kitchen. . xix
Why Were Committed to Organic Foods and Farming .. xxiii
Chapter 1: It All Began with Raspberries . . . . 3
A delicious recipe tribute to the crop that got Earthbound Farm started. Begin the day with warm Raspberry Corn Muffins spread with fresh Apricot Raspberry Jam, and end it with creamy Raspberry-Lemon Crèmes Brûlées or Red Raspberry Ice Cream. What could be better?
Chapter 2: Soups . . . 25
Enjoy a full array of tempting, innovative soups any time of the year. Choices include Summer Harvest Soup, Sweet Corn Chowder, Golden Tomato Gazpacho, Tuscan White Bean Stew, Roasted Winter Squash Soup, Hearty Cauliflower Bisque, and Simply Chicken Soup.
Chapter 3: Leafy Green Salads . . . 63
Theres nothing like a selection of fresh leafy greens to enhance a meal. And they shine in Spring Mâche Salad with Kohlrabi, Radishes, and Peas; Baby Greens Salad with Grilled Figs and Walnuts; Grilled Caesar Salad; Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad; Farm Stand Greek Salad, and more.
Chapter 4: Meat and Poultry Main Dishes. . 111
Sizzling Steak and the Goodman Family Olive Sauce, Merlot-Braised Short Ribs with Cipollini Onions, Maple- Brined Pork Chops, Lamb Curry with Saffron Couscous, Kathys Rosemary- Roasted Chicken, and Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps are just a small sampling of the surefire winners in this chapter.
Chapter 5: Fish and Shellfish . . . 159
Although there are no USDA standards for organic seafood, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy the health benefits of flavorful fish dishes like Ginger Lime Salmon, Roasted Halibut in Mediterranean Green Sauce, and Seared Tuna with a Fennel-Coriander Crust. And for shellfish lovers, theres Grilled Shrimp with Tropical Salsa, a savory Monterey Cioppino, and more.
Chapter 6: Pasta and Vegetarian Main Dishes. . . 183
Inviting pasta dishes to add to your repertoire include Grilled Vegetable Lasagna, Ziti with Ratatouille, and Creamy Macaroni and Three Cheeses. Plus prepare a luscious “Wild” Mushroom Ragout with Polenta, Stir-Fried Tofu with Green Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms, and a Fresh Tomato Pizza.
Chapter 7: Side Dishes . . 221
Roasted Balsamic Artichokes, Sautéed Ginger Baby Bok Choy, Summer Corn Pudding, Blue Cheese Smashed Potatoes, Garlicky String Beans, Creamed Parmesan Spinach, and Provençal Tomato, Eggplant, and Zucchini Tian— are a few of the sides that are so good, you may just want to make a meal of them.
Chapter 8: Breakfast and Brunch . 277
Great dishes to start the day include Earthbound Farms Famous Maple Almond Granola, Apple Nut Pancakes, Spanish Egg “Soufflé Cake,” a Classic Omelet, and Mama Fries. And