With Whole Foods and other organic grocers popping up faster than you can grow your own garden, it’s no question that organic food is becoming increasingly popular.

simply-organicAs we learn more about the growing issues in our foods – GMOs, pesticides, cloning – we begin to take a closer look at the food we are about to receive.

And as we do, we realize there is no time like the present to really wonder about what we actually are eating. Today, with the millions of pesticides used in our crops, food is different now – and different times call for different measures.

Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients by Jesse Ziff Cool provides an extra-hand in the kitchen for those who are interested in combining health-conscious eating habits with loads of flavour.

Author and restaurateur Cool has combined 30+ years of knowledge and recipes into almost 250 pages of enticing recipes, information and brightly coloured photographs. Focusing on food at its finest, it encourages home cooking – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, with a focus on organic, local ingredients, ranging from simple to gourmet.

Cool organizes the sections according to seasons, combining foods that flourish together when the weather is right. The 150 recipes are organized by season, devoted to the First of Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Midsummer, Indian Summer, Autumn Harvest, Early Winter and Deep Winter.

But this all occurs sandwiched between tips to an organic pantry and resources, both of which offer the reader extra knowledge on how to get started if they already haven’t.

Each chapter and recipe discusses the selection in focus. “When the sun dominates the day, I shift to lighter, fresher fare with flavours on the bring of ripeness,” Cool introduces Late Spring. “I rejoice in the spring harvest that provides me with the gifts of salad greens, berries, artichokes, mushrooms and fresh herbs.” The reader, undoubtedly, feels the same, and easily can be persuaded into sampling her Fish Fillet with Parsley-Almond Pesto, Blackberry Spice Cake, and Spring Crȇpes with Honey-Mint Crème Fraȋche, all of which make their way into that chapter.

Comfort food combines with conscious eating in the Deep Winter, whether a Steamed Vanilla Custard with Bananas, or home-style Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Noodles warm you on the coldest of nights. Each sections is a combination of sides, salads, main dishes and desserts, all which complement each other for your seasonal selections.

Simply Organic highlights food choices that are better for your health and the environment, with lavish photos and easy to follow recipes that will bring you through each season.

Samples coming soon! Stay tuned.
Available from:
Chronicle Books/Raincoast Books
9.16 x 10.92 · 248 pages
CDN $27.50

Visit Jesse Ziff Cool’s website at cooleatz.com

Image courtesy of Chronicle Books

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