Thursday, April 7, 2011

Art + Food = True Yum Forever

A little while back I got a request from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment to use one of my photos in their upcoming cookbook.  Naturally, I said yes.

I sent over this one, which was also in the Earthworks exhibit the Coalition had a couple of years ago:

Anyway, the cookbook's out now, and it's beautiful.  I'm a big cookbook and recipe fan, thus I have seen a lot of variations on the same themes over time. I have to declare this one a super duper winner.

I am solidly omnivorous, although I have a lot of vegetarian cookbooks and aspire to more of a plant-based diet than I have got now.  Don't tell anyone, but sometimes I've found vegetarian recipes — even/especially in the big-name best-selling cookbooks — to sound a little uninteresting.  That is highly not a problem with this pretty pretty book.  There are so many recipes in there I want to try!  Most of them come with a little introduction/explanation from the person who submitted it, which is way cool, especially since at least a couple are from friends old and new.

(Promise I'm not getting paid — in fact the whole point of the cookbook is to raise money for the Coalition's good works — I just really really like this book.  Brilliantly done.)

Here's the Coalition's press release and a peek at the cover of the book.  Go get you one!

The cookbook you and your family and your friends have been waiting for:

Eating Lightly
for our planet
for our health
for robust pleasure!

Eating Lightly is a collection of over 400 vegetarian and vegan recipes from friends of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, ranging from the family of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Pat and Peter Raven to some of Missouri’s most creative professional chefs to your next-door neighbor.  Not only have contributors shared favorite recipes but, often, the stories behind them.  This is a cookbook with personality!  Eight Missouri artists have contributed work to make Eating Lightly a visual feast as well.

In addition to offering a wide range of vegetarian and vegan appetizers, soups, salads, breads, side dishes, entrees, and desserts, this collection notes which of its recipes are gluten-free.

Copies can be purchased for only $20 apiece at the Missouri Coalition for the Environment office at 6267 Delmar, Suite 2E, in the U-City Loop (always good to call first, 314-727-0600) and by cash or check only with a visit to any of the following St. Louis metro locations:

Downtown St. Louis – Left Bank Books at 321 N.10th
South City – Local Harvest Grocery at 3108 Morganford
    Home Eco at 4611 Macklind
    Urban Eats Café & Bakery at 3301 Meramec  St.
    Sweet Art at 2203 S. 39th St.
CWE – Left Bank Books at 399 N. Euclid
University City Loop – Plowsharing Crafts at 6271 Delmar
Kirkwood – Cornucopia at 107 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Maplewood – Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios at 2500 Sutton

Eating Lightly can also be purchased for delivery by mail ($20 plus $3 postage) at the Coalition’s website:

All proceeds from the sale of Eating Lightly will benefit the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, a member-supported and member-directed organization that has been strengthening environmental protections, holding government and corporations accountable, defending the environment in court, and mobilizing citizens to action for over forty years.

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