Because it’s Christmas season and we all have people to buy for, I thought I’d save someone the trouble and give away a book for your chef/gardener friend or family member.
The book in question is Eating on the Wild Side, a spring release from Jo Robinson (who also happens to run the website Eatwild.com, a fantastic resource for finding local food!).
I picked this book up from the library earlier in the summer, and immediately wished I had had it when planning my gardens for the year. The basic premise of the book is simple – she analyzes a whole slew of commonly grown fruits and vegetables, walks through their origins a bit (and in a disturbingly large number of cases, how we’ve bred much of what’s good out of what we eat, i.e. corn selected for sugar content is nothing like what corn was even a generation ago), gives some tips on preparation to maximize the benefits, and finally, lists a number of varieties that contain the most nutrient bang for your buck – so whether you’re shopping in a grocery store, farmer’s market, or growing your own, you know what to look for.
Some of it was fairly common knowledge (let garlic sit for 10 minutes before cooking; don’t boil your broccoli to death, because most of the goodness gets dumped down the sink with the water), but there were plenty of useful cooking tidbits, and more than enough varietal suggestions that I’m going to have to add it to my permanent collection (or at least check it out again when I’m planning next year’s seed orders!). Even if you don’t win it, if you have a garden or two, I’d highly recommend picking this book up sometime!
Now, for the fun part.
There are three ways to enter, each of which are simple.
1. Like us on Facebook (if you already do, there’s an easy five points).
2. Subscribe to our newsletter.
3. Visit Amazon to see a description, read reviews (all of which are great!), etc.
That’s it. Contest ends next Sunday (12/8) at 11:59 PM, so you only have one week! Now get on it!
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