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Like Food? Curious about the Culinary Arts? by Eric, Staff Blogger

Like Food? Curious about the culinary arts?Cook holding beater-photo

There are plenty of reasons to learn to cook. 

  1. Maybe you're fed gross food by well-meaning providers.  Obviously, you could make yummier meals.
  2. Maybe you're concerned about your health, or want to convert to a new diet.  Not all vegetarians start out vegetarian, you know.
  3. Maybe you want to do more for the planet, like using only local and organic ingredients, or experimenting with greener cooking techniques.
  4. Maybe you want to host holiday get-togethers, bake birthday cakes, make preserves or dried foods, barbecue, and so on. 
  5. Or maybe you simply have a passion for deliciousness...

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~J. R. R. Tolkien  (1892 - 1973)

So grab these three guides, geared to the general gourmet!  


Clueless In The Kitchen-book cover Clueless in the Kitchen by Evelyn Raab. 

This is a great beginner's guide.  Clear introductions to kitchens, tools, techniques, and shopping guidance.  The recipes are divided into five categories; classics, popular favourites, cheap meals, group meals, and vegetarian.   Meals are marked as gluten, dairy, or egg free.  And this is a completely Canadian title. 



Eat Fresh Food by Rozanne Gold and team. Eat Fresh Food- book cover


Recipes range from simple to challenging, and are all based on their motto "F.R.E.S.H." ingredients: F.armer friendly, R.ipe and ready, E.asy and exciting, S.ustainable, H.onest and healthy.  These recipes are of slight to moderate difficulty, and all will appeal to the green teen.

Starting Out - book cover


Starting Out by Julie Van Rosendaal. 

On top of a wide range of foods, this book provides certain information lacking among other guides.  How to read labels for nutritional value; how to select produce and what can be done with them.  Methods of using heat, mom's tips and tricks, how to deal with disaster, and most importantly for the new cook...how to do your laundry.



~ Eric, Staff Blogger


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