Low-waste living and healthy eating are high on most people’s bucket list. Now that we have more time at home, these books have some excellent guidance on how to achieve this. Learn how to be efficient and effective with leftovers. Get cracking on that garden you started in the warmer months. Reevaluate your relationship with rubbish and recycling.
These books will help you make the little changes you need to start living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Sarah Wilson says “you can’t be healthy if you can’t cook for yourself”. But you won’t cook for yourself if you don’t know how, or if it takes too long and costs too much. So Sarah has found a solution, and, happily, it fits right in with her other abiding obsession: how to cut down food waste and thereby save the planet.
In I Quit Sugar: Simplicious Flow Sarah blends the kitchen wisdom of generations past with her own stunningly fresh vision of how to be a conductor of
good health and zero waste for every single meal you make. Flowing is about having a ‘perpetual kitchen’, where we launch not from a recipe, but from what’s available, cheap, and/or in the fridge. This book is full of imaginative ways to seamlessly weave cooking and prepping food that nurtures the body without destroying the planet. Read a free excerpt from this incredible book here.
For Paul West, a meaningful life is one built around food and community. In The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide, Paul shows you how easy it is to grow and cook some of your own food, no matter how much space you have. You can get three free recipes right here.
Paul shares practical gardening advice, with guides on building a no-dig garden, composting and keeping chooks, and an A-Z guide of the veggies that are easiest to grow. There are also more than 50 of Paul’s favourite family recipes – simple, produce-driven dishes that are bursting with freshness and flavour. And then there are ideas for fun food activities to do with your community, whether it’s hosting a pickle party or passata day, brewing beer with some mates or whipping up a batch of homemade sausages.
Magdalena’s food in Happy and Whole is simple, nutritious and delicious, with recipes based on ‘foods with a function’ that not only taste great but also have great health benefits. It’s about focusing on what’s in season, tastes the best and then enjoying every moment of what we make! It’s about being more mindful about what we feed ourselves and our loved ones.
The recipes are divided into chapters based on the weather and the kinds of foods we crave in those environments – sushi, seafood and cooling sorbets in humid weather; soups, stews and warm desserts in cool weather. Scattered between the recipes are ideas on living as naturally as possible, covering everything from Magdalena’s food philosophy to DIY beauty tips, simple decorating ideas for special occasions and natural cleaning products.
With Rebecca Lindamood‘s approach to bread, making a tasty loaf or two couldn’t be easier. Simply master twelve basic dough recipes. Bakers of all levels will be equipped to make a variety of bakery-quality breads. One-hour dough and a variety of quick breads mean that you can whip up tasty bread even on a tight schedule. Beginning bread bakers will be amazed at the limitless options available with each dough base. Basic pizza dough can be transformed into Buffalo Garlic Knots or Chicken and Cheese Calzones.
Semolina bread dough is perfect for Jalapeno Cheddar Bubble Bread or Pesto Pinwheels. Whether you are looking for the perfect bread to accompany dinner or dinner itself, you’ll find exactly what you need among Rebecca’s recipes.
Matt and Lentil Purbrick are bloggers, farmers and educators who love nothing more than to share their skills. Grown & Gathered, their first book, is a gorgeous and comprehensive guide to traditional living made modern, showing you how to incorporate the very best aspects of the way your grandparents lived into your 21st century life.
The first part of the book is Matt and Lentil’s guide to producing your own food. The information, advice and projects can be used whether you have a 3-acre block or a courtyard with planter boxes. The second part of the book features over 100 delicious, nourishing and creative wholefood recipes. There’s a host of staples, from how to prepare grains in a traditional way to making your own sourdough culture. Then use it to make a long-ferment wholegrain sourdough loaf or even so… And get your three free recipes from Grown & Gathered right here!
Family, Food and Feelings charts the ebb and flow of family life around the four school terms. You’ll find recipes, activities and stories to keep you inspired throughout the year. Author (and founder of Lunch Lady) Kate Berry shares all of her family’s favourite simple seasonal recipes, such as barbecued lamb with tabouli for sweltering summer nights.
Help your kids learn to cook, too, with weekend breakfast-making ideas and simple after-school snacks they can make themselves. From negotiating blended families and navigating motherhood to talking to your kids about the really big questions. This is a relatable and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny look at modern family life.
Family, Food and Feelings is a guide to having fun and really connecting with your kids and joining them wholeheartedly in adventures big and small.
Baking is an act of love. Love of good ingredients, love for those you bake for, and love for yourself. As there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the fruits of your labour come out of the oven. And sharing them with those you care for the most! In Love, Laugh, Bake! passionate home- cook and self-taught baker Silvia Colloca unlocks the secrets of baking and shares more than 120 treasured recipes.
For new and experienced bakers alike, Silvia’s baking is simple, traditional, homely. It is imbued with that unique Italian sense of joy and abundance. It will inspire you to gather family and friends and enjoy what life has to offer with open arms. Plus, get two free recipes from this book right here.