The Real Food Cookbook by Nina Planck

updated May 2, 2019
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The angle: Classic dishes, fresh from the farmers market.

Recipes for right now: Berry Kombucha, Cobb Salad Deviled Eggs, Cream of Corn Soup, Thai Chicken Curry, Ratatouille, Yogurt Biscuits, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, Anniversary Peaches & Cream Ice Cream

Who would enjoy this book? Anyone with a CSA or who has trouble impulse-buying at the farmers market.

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Nina Planck

Who published it: Bloomsbury

Number of recipes: 150

Other highlights: Nina Planck is a woman I’d like to meet. This is a lady who, when disappointed with the lack of fresh produce in London, started a farmers market. Imagine the gumption that would have taken! This was way back in 1999, and since then, she’s continued to make great strides not only in increasing the availability of fresh farm produce in urban areas, but also increasing awareness of the link between a diet based on traditional foods and health. This cookbook is her latest project and contribution to a lifetime of this kind of advocacy.

As you might expect, there’s a definite emphasis on fresh produce in the recipes in The Real Food Cookbook. But just as farmers markets aren’t just about produce, neither are these recipes. They also pull ingredients like fresh cheeses, grass-fed beef, real butter, fresh-caught fish, yogurt, gold-yolked eggs, and rich cream into the mix. All the farmers market offerings make an appearance here!

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Real Food Cookbook by Nina Planck

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