Book Giveaway: Cool Cuisine

by Sarah Henry on December 30, 2009 · 46 comments

in food book giveaways,food politics

Here’s a concept: Eat well and help prevent climate change at the same time.

That’s the premise behind Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, an easy-to-digest account about our overheating planet that focuses on solutions to the problem and includes culinary tips and techniques designed to mitigate global warming.  Written by environmental activist and chef Laura Stec, with climate change scientist Eugene Cordero, Cool Cuisine could come in handy for folks who want to begin the new year by eating better and impacting the earth less.

The guide (think manifesto rather than cookbook) includes recipes of the “eat more plants” variety, such as Grilled Persimmon Salad with Maple-Spiced Walnuts, Spinach, & Frisee and Spring Barley Risotto with Asparagus, Dill, & Fresh Artichoke. Each chapter includes a practical page with ideas designed to trigger discussion for book club or potluck purposes, along with field trip suggestions, film and book recommendations, and tips for taking small steps towards eating and cooking in a more environmentally-friendly manner.

Cool Cuisine also has helpful hints on making a basic sauce, stocking a condiment plate with lesser known items (gomashio and umeboshi vinegar for starters), selecting salts, and cooking with whole grains you may not have heard of like hato mugi (Job’s tears) and emmer (farro).

Read a review here.

It’s naive to think changing your diet can stop global warming, of course. But limiting or cutting out beef consumption, buying local, seasonal, organic produce, drinking tap versus bottled water, reducing food waste, and increasing food-scrap composting can help lower your food-related carbon footprint — and is better for you to boot, say the authors.

Tell me one thing you do on the food front to help fight global warming to be in the running to win a copy of Cool Cuisine.

Submit your entry by 10 p.m. PST on Wednesday, January 6, and I’ll pick a winner at random from the suggestions shared below.

Full disclosure: Lots of chatter in the blogosphere of late about freebies, and even rules and regulations on accepting swag from the FTC.

So here’s my ad hoc policy on such matters, in case you were wondering: I give away books because I’m an avid reader and firmly believe in the good karma inherent in sharing the printed word with others.

Some books come my way as comps from publicists or agents, some I buy, some are gifts from author friends. For a book to meet my giveaway criteria it needs to be a terrific read, explore a compelling concept, and/or offer innovative recipes.  In short, I only offer contests for titles I think my readers (that’s you) may find useful, entertaining, or both.

Oh, and my bias, if I have one: You’re unlikely to see bestsellers in the giveaway mix, since you can find those tomes easily enough yourself and I prefer to showcase writers who may fall under the radar.

That work for you? Thought so, feel free to enter below.

Update: Sorry to keep you all waiting, been a busy couple of days. Loads of great comments by folks doing their bit to help the environment. A copy of Cool Cuisine, chosen at random, goes to Sue Hutchison.  Sue I’ll email you to get your snail mail details.  Check back later this month for more from author Laura Stec and another book giveaway. Thanks to all for playing — and for your excellent ideas.

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Amber G December 31, 2009 at 8:56 am

I make an effort to go to the farmers’ market a few times a month (when it’s open) and buy local and organically grown food whenever possible to cut down on emissions from transporting food across the country and around the world.

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susan varney December 31, 2009 at 9:02 am

One thing we gave up on: Bottled water, tap only for water now.

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Janice Wright December 31, 2009 at 9:04 am

I buy veggies from nearby farmers’ markets. It saves on transportation which is good for Mother Earth.

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Alicia Webster December 31, 2009 at 10:08 am

I’m a vegan. And so are my three kids. Still working on my hubby though…He is a seemingly committed carnivore.

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Shannon Baas December 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I go to the farmers’ market in the summer.

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Barbara Batt December 31, 2009 at 3:46 pm

You certainly ate at the very best place in Port Macquarie – Fusion 7 is real food done very well. I love the concept of eating food produced within 100 km radius and although I frequent the farmers’ markets its not always possible to adhere to this rule.

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Jessica January 1, 2010 at 12:24 am

My husband and I just started a compost bucket. We’re going to have fresh all natural fertilizer when it’s time to plant our garden in spring!

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Carol January 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I go to my local farmers’ markets for my produce.

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dorothy l January 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I buy from the local farmer during the summer.

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Rosie January 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I rarely buy bottled water. I think it’s an absolute waste of money unless you’re out and forgot to bring water from home. I also love farmers’ markets and prefer to buy food there over supermarkets or even large corporate chains like Whole Foods.

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Kathy D January 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I go to the farmers’ market in the summer. I also try to grow a nice garden of my own to share and eat. Our church has a community garden so people who can no longer garden or are in need can have fresh items.

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Nicole D. January 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I am a vegetarian, I buy produce from a local farmers’ market, and buy only cage-free eggs.

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Judith (from Israel) January 3, 2010 at 4:52 am

We eat raw vegetables (carrot salad, cabbage salad, etc.) at least twice a day.

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Marina January 3, 2010 at 9:12 am

In my family we carry a reusable sack for groceries when we shop at our local farmers’ market. This is often the first step of many seeking to go green, and for good reason – it’s easy, inexpensive and really makes a difference. Both plastic and paper bags are bad for the environment, so I bought a stylish canvas bag like this: http://www.ecobags.com/Canvas-Shopping-Tote-Bag-Recycled-Cotton?sc=2&category=4

Also, we practice the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Reduce – I usually cook small portions, to reduce the amount of leftovers

Reuse – In case we have leftovers, I serve them in a day or two or freeze for future use

Recycle – I use the leftovers in another dish and make a totally different dish out of it

This is what my parents taught me to do. This is how it was when I was growing up in Russia. We never threw out food, and always carried our own tote bags to the store. When I got married, I continued this style of living.

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cass January 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Going to local farmers’ markets in the summer.

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Darcy B January 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I shop my farmers’ market, and Whole Foods –so I only purchase local grown items–and I grow my own herbs, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, and strawberries.

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Jessica January 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I never drink bottled water, always tap water. I also try to buy local as often as I can.

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Alexandrea M January 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Farmers’ Market. There’s tons of them around here luckily. Looking into sharing a co-op box with a friend who has been getting a farm share this year, but still working on the logistics.

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Sue Hutchison January 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I am composting all my veggie fruit and bread scraps for my little 4X4 urban garden. Composting in plastic buckets with holes drilled is not the least glamorous, but I feel better about my waste.

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Kelly January 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I do everything I can to make small changes. In the summer I have a vegetable CSA and for the whole year I have a meat CSA. For the most part I do not buy any meat beyond the 5 pounds I get each month and do what I can to extend it. I use a water filter rather than buying bottled water and try my best to read up on my choices.

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christopher h January 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

We’ve been buying at our local farmers’ market.

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Erma January 5, 2010 at 4:33 am

I plant my own veggies.

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Ed Nemmers January 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

We grow our own peppers and tomatoes.

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Sarah January 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm

We eat organic!

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Jason January 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I guess I use a rain barrel to collect rain water for all of my outdoor watering needs. Does that count?

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Sam (The Second Lunch) January 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I shop at my farmers’ markets, get a CSA box, and have turned meat from my main protein into a once in a while thing, or more of a condiment.

I also work at Omnivore books and recommend some of my favorite food politics books to customers: Marion Nestle’s ‘What to Eat’, Mark Bittman’s ‘Food Matters’, Dr. Daphne Miller’s ‘The Jungle Effect’, and Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions to name a few…

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Benita G. January 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I belong to a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. The food is grown organically by farmers, we help out at the site and at the farm. We eat raw fruit and veggies as much as possible.

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Chrysa January 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I try to buy local at our food co-op and from farms in our area (I live in the sticks!)

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dawn January 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

I go to the farmers’ market in the summer as much as possible it’s just not that close. So I grow a lot of my own veggies.

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Terri Dell January 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

I use reusable grocery bags, buy larger quantities to save on excess packaging, and shop farmers’ markets in season.

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Tricia Andrews January 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

I am a pretty strict vegetarian, so not eating animals creates less of a carbon footprint and gasses into our air.

We also only use certified organic and sustainable when possible. We own a share in a local CSA and get veggies, fruits, eggs, meats from them.

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Marianna January 6, 2010 at 9:02 am

I buy locally grown and processed foods whenever/wherever possible.

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Mellissa C January 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

I use a Pur Pitcher and do not purchase bottled water.

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Tim Hughes January 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

We have tried to do much more in the food area such as buying our meat, poultry, vegetables and eggs locally. We even started our own compost pile.

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Melanie January 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I didn’t even think that I was helping, but we only buy our produce from the locally grown farmers’ market.

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Margaret Wallach January 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I grow tons of food in my garden during the summer and compost all year round. Definitely support my local small farm growers.

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Roseann K. January 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I cook everything from scratch and buy locally and fresh!

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blueviolet January 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm

We recycle as much as we possibly can!

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susan smoaks January 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I shop at the co-op.

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Samantha Miller January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I grow my own vegetables every summer and do not use any pesticides.

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Lori Taube January 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I plant and harvest my own veggies year round. I use heirloom seeds which eliminate toxins that “agri-business” vegetables contain, and I don’t have to take any extra trips to the grocery store. :-)

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Buddy Garrett January 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I buy produce from farmers’ markets instead of the produce section at supermarkets.

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Gianna January 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I grow my own fruit, veggies and herbs.

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Lily Kwan January 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I buy organic food whenever possible.

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Janet January 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

We had a nice garden last year:)

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cathy rodriguez May 4, 2010 at 6:03 am

Our family grows most of our vegetables in the summer, as well as, some fruit. The two youngest children have patches within the garden where they are learning about growing vegetables. We buy the least processed items possible when at the grocery store and hit the local market when it is open. No bottled water either.

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