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Why You Should Eat Seasonally in 2014...and How!

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by HylaryL

There seems to be a lot of talk amongst health and food professionals about eating “seasonally.” More and more, we are being urged to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, but do we really know why?

There are a lot of reasons why eating seasonally is a good idea. It reduces the Winter vegetablesenvironmental damage and cost of having foods shipped from places like South America and New Zealand, it gives food dollars to local farmers and seasonal fruits and vegetables are fresher, making them tastier for you and your family!

The Grace Communications Foundation Eat Well Guide provides a helpful interactive map that lets you see what’s in season right now across North America. A click on California shows you that some of the fruits and vegetables being grown locally in January are beets, broccoli, cabbage, grapefruit, and pomelos (and more!)

Want to learn more about eating seasonally and find some great recipes for those delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables? Check out the list below of books the library owns that are just about seasonal cooking. Enjoy!

Cooking in the Moment

Cooking in the Moment (2011)
by Andrea Reusing

With gorgeous photography throughout and more than 130 recipes, Cooking in the Moment will inspire cooks everywhere to embrace the flavors and bounty of each season.

Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook

Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook (2013)

In 288 pages, Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook will share the secrets to buying, growing, and cooking your favorite fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Bursting with beautiful color photographs, this book is an invaluable resource for home cooks, novice gardeners, and food lovers alike.

Fresh from the Market

Fresh from the Market (2010)
by Laurent Tourondel

This richly photographed cookbook covers cocktails, appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts, along with complete menus for special occasions like an autumn wine harvest dinner or a festive New Year's Eve feast. Chef Tourondel selects the freshest seasonal ingredients and maximizes their flavors with simple cooking techniques.

Cooking Season by Season

Cooking Season by Season (2012)

Discover what's in season; choose from 1000 seasonal recipes; find ideas for any occasion; learn about star ingredients.

 

Tagged: Locavores, Food and Beverages, fruits, healthy cooking, healthy eating, seasonal cooking, seasonal eating,