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“The Homesteader’s Kitchen” by Robin Burnside contains recipes focused on whole foods that can be grown at home or found at the farmers market. Not all the ingredients are easily found at the farmers market (see MNN’s style blogger Siel’s review of the cookbook for her thoughts on a lack of local ingredients), but there are plenty of recipes in this book that use basic, easy-to-find ingredients.

Recipes in “The Homesteader’s Kitchen” are divided into basic categories: Beverages; Morning Meals; Soups, Sauces and Gravies; Salads and Salad Dressings; Vegetarian Entrees; Fish, Poultry, and Meat Entrees; Embellishments; Breads; and Desserts. The recipes are as simple as how to make Perfect Oatmeal (apparently I’ve been doing it incorrectly) or as involved as Veggie Loaf.

The book also contains advice on stocking a pantry and which basic kitchen tools are necessities as well as a glossary of foods and items that might be unfamiliar.

If you’ve been cooking with natural, organic and whole foods for a while but have been sticking with ingredients you're comfortable with, this cookbook can help you take the next step by encouraging you to add ingredients like ghee (butter with milk solids removed), tempeh (a cultured soy food that can be a meat substitute), or sucanat (a natural sugar).

Since this review is part of the Green Books Campaign, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the book’s green cred. It’s printed on paper produced from sustainable PEFC-certified forest/controlled wood source.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Green Books campaign: The Homesteader's Kitchen
Wholesome recipes and motherly advice in a responsibly-printed cookbook.