Eating organic foods is by far one of the most important things you can do to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, colorings and waxes all of which have negative impact on healthy, immunity, brain function while increasing the risk of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and many cancers. Particularly vulnerable to toxic exposures are are pregnant women, the fetus in the womb, and young children.
Here is a great post with some of the BEST Organic Cookbooks from Your Daily Thread. We know it can be a jungle out there—a jungle of healthy and organic cookbooks, that is. With some saying to eat local and shop organic and others telling you to give up animal products or grow your own food, the choices can leave you dizzy. So what is a conscious eater suppose to do? We say, stock your kitchen with this selection of our favorite food guides and you’ll be a green gourmand in no time. Whether you’recooking for a vegetarian friend, looking to navigate the farmers market or simply want to incorporate more seasonal foods into your routine, this batch of books will guide you on your merry foodie way. Happy cooking!
- Classic: The Organic Cook’s Bible With over 40 years growing and cooking his own ingredients, Jeff Cox is the authority if you’re looking to make sense of the organic food world from seed to harvest and everything in between. Part recipe book, part encyclopedia of all things edible, if you are going to keep one book on hand in the kitchen, let this be it.
- Simple: Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients Perhaps you often stock up on vegetables and fruits, but you’re still puzzled by when to buy what. Asparagus in November? Persimmons in June? In comes this book, a back-to-basics approach to organic cooking that divides the year into eight harvest seasons so that ripe ingredients will make it from your shopping basket to your plate every day of the week.
- Local: Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets While there is no shortage of farmers markets across the country, not all of them are entirely organic. Local Flavors will help you find the best of the best and then teach you how to whip up your finds into delicious dishes at home.
- Vegetarian: The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet Whether you’re a vegetarian or just ready to take a break from your animal-derived staples, Alicia Silverstone’s vegan cookbook is the best guide for eating cruelty-free as it is filled with both solid advice about giving up meat and yummy, balancedrecipes for everyday.
- Sweet: Baby Cakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery Don’t let the title deceive you—this book is 100% sweet and worth picking up even if you’re a staunch cookie purist or a butter loyalist. From lemon-poppy teacakes to cherry cobbler, you may just find that BabyCakes’ spin on dessert is even better than your traditional favorites. Also keep your eyes peeled in April for the second book,BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles .
You may also like: Recipe For Life, by Susan Dopart, R.D