Give thanks for real cookbooks.

13 Jan

Don’t you just love a beautiful, picture filled, cookbook?  It’s a harbinger of new beginnings, healthy bodies, happy eaters and a Martha Stewart lifestyle.  Too bad that after you take it home, the next time you see it is when you dust it. (Ummm, dusting?)  Oh, how cynical of me.  First you’ll probably plaster it with sticky notes to mark the “must make” recipes.  Soon after the dreamy book shopping experience ends, a big-ass cloud of work and family engulfs you and the next meal may still come out of a bag.  That’s just life in the big A (America).

These cookbooks will not change any of that.  Nope.  But if your relationship with food is evolving, in a serious way, toward organics, gardening, and trusting only yourself for you body’s nutrition then these babies are for YOU!  That last sentence is filled with hard work, lots of reading, cooking, cooking, cooking, buying kitchen machines, preserving, dehydrating, juicing, baking, and getting dirty, just for starters.  I love it!   Recently I saw a blog called “Easy Living the Hard Way” and that’s what it’s all about for me and most people I know in Boulder county.  Even though my sister lives in Ohio, it’s also what’s happening in Michelle’s life.  But, I suspect she’s mostly in it for the kitchen appliances.  She even has a pasta maker!!!  Brat.  No, really, she’s just ahead of me especially in gardening, canning and well, every other department.  Her deep freezer has been filled with yummy nutritious food for months.  She is saying “NO” to factory processed foods in a big way and I’m so happy for her.  Anyway… If you’re curious about the “foodie” lifestyle, give these books a look-see.  And, if you have a “real” wonderful book in your kitchen, filled with splattered pages and well worn sticky notes, tell me about it!

Say, do you know what  “Femivores” are?  They’re “Chicks with chicks.”  If you don’t get it, you probably are not pestering your spouse to build a chicken coop in the backyard.  Femivores are women (feminists) who have chosen to work at home growing food, raising livestock, and making their own cheese, yogurt and butter…

<Femivore holding a chicken.  I suspect

it’s a shabby-chic chicken.

Here’s another question. Do you know what a “Hegan” is? “Men in their 40s and 50s embracing veganism to look better, rectify a gluttonous past and cheat death; they are hegans. They don’t eat animal products of any kind.  What would make a person stop eating cheese, yogurt, ice cream and meat?  Claims that eating no animal protein will prevent cancer, diabetes and heart attacks, that’s what.  Check out the movie “Forks over Knives” for a sample of why Heganism  (err… veganism) is growing.  Hum, are women vegans,”Feegans?” and children vegans, “Weegans?”

< Hegan.  Facial hair required.

Okay, too much, too much!

Let’s get back to giving thanks for our “real” cookbooks and the delights they bring.

Fresh baked bread scented hugs wafting your way.   Inhale, deeply.  It’s legal!


(Photos from the internet.  If more people than you read my blog I’d take time to credit them.)



2 Responses to “Give thanks for real cookbooks.”

  1. Crystal January 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    1,000 Vegetarian Recipes is my go to cookbook. Love it!

  2. Project Give Thanks January 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Oh Great! Thanks for sharing that Crystal. I’ll check it out.

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