I'm always on the hunt for interesting ways to stretch our grocery budget and cut down on kitchen waste. So I was super excited to receive "The Kitchen Ecosystem", the latest from Eugenia Bone. The cookbook is designed to help home cooks make the most of their ingredients with recipes for fresh, leftover and preserved components.
The cookbook is gorgeous, and the recipes are organized into easy-to-follow sections based on the main ingredient. Handy diagrams help keep straight what recipes corresponds to which stage, and each recipes features special notes that help preserve the final product. The title says it all: The kitchen is treated as an ecosystem, with all pieces of the cooking experience interacting to create a more full, complete diet.
Although many of the recipes are easy and quick, some require time in the kitchen that make it difficult to follow through on later recipes. More complex techniques of preservation also require more experience than the average reader may have, as well as extra tools and equipment. "The Kitchen Ecosystem" is an invaluable tool for those looking to boost their homesteading efforts, but for the casual cook it may be more helpful for inspiration than explicit instruction. That being said, many of the recipes are simple enough for weeknights, and the inclusion of main ingredients like currants and ginger can help anyone expand their kitchen repertoire.
I received a free copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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