Monday, December 13, 2010

solstice giving update

At winter solstice I gave thanks and started an experiment. In gathering my (and your) favourite healthy cookbooks I linked them to a Fishpond (online Australasian bookstore) affiliate program. The promise was to give any profits from affiliate sales to my favourite charity. As an act of faith I donated $200 in advance to the Smith Family’s Learning for Life and I’m glad to say that has almost been met in affiliate sales.

Today, while listening to 774 I caught Ian Thorpe talk about his foundation. Those of you who’ve read my other (ranty) blog may know I’ve had a thing for Thorpie over the years. But all jokes aside, after listening to flipper feet talk I’m proud of what he’s done to encourage literacy in Aboriginal communities. So continuing the theme of giving I’ve donated $200 to his charity. If you’d like to support it too by purchasing books via this Fishpond link or directly through the foundation, good on you.

As for the virtual bookshelf I’m building elsewhere, it’s still a work in progress. The list of things to consume my post holiday replenished energy supplies in the New Year grows ever longer! You’re welcome to continue to add your thoughts on healthy food related reading.

A big addition to my original list is my cookbook of the year, Tony Chiodo’s Feel Good Food.
Feel Good Food
Feel Good Food
I’ve broken my minimalist rules this year with a small haul of recipe books and Chiodo’s is certainly the healthiest.

Lisa Dempster recommended
The Asian Vegan Kitchen: Authentic and Appetizing Dishes from the Continent of Rich Flavors
The Asian Vegan Kitchen: Authentic and Appetizing Dishes from the Continent of Rich Flavors
I like the idea of an Asian cookbook that avoids mock meats/sauces and focuses on the authentic vegetarian recipes. It’s winging its way to my letterbox right now!

I’m keen to check out Lucy’s suggestion, it's just a pity I didn’t remember it when I ordered the Hema Parekh’s book! But good to see that Fishpond currently have it on sale.
Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking with What You've Got
Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking with What You've Got

A few of you also suggested
The Yoga Cookbook: Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind
The Yoga Cookbook: Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind

Speaking of cookbooks I made an interesting discovery recently. Do you ever fall in love with a book in the shop, bring it home, touch it lovingly from time to time but never really end up cooking anything from it? This year I realized that the key to success is committing to make at least one recipe from the new book within the first week of purchase. This reduces the likelihood that it will languish on the shelf with its recipes mere pipe dreams.

What books are tickling your fancy, culinary or otherwise, this season?

A big thanks to all of you who clicked through to Fishpond in the last 6 months and bought all sorts of wonderful books and electronic equipment via the affiliate link. It gives me a buzz to think that your reading choices are helping some Australian children learn to love words and become readers for life.

Hope you all are keeping your head above water and remembering the spirit of the season.

Update: Lucy added From Spiders to Water Lilies Cambodian cooking for a great cause.

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Blogger Reemski said...

That is exactly what I'm trying to do on my blog: Cook at least one recipe from every book I have. Though I haven't put a time frame on it, as it applies to all mu books not just new ones!

4:13 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Very courageous act (and congrats on the new home/mortgage!). Just how many cookbooks do you own? Am guessing even one recipe from each could be a Herculean task.

4:21 pm  
Blogger Johanna GGG said...

I fell into the trap of buying glossy books at the start of the year that I would love to have time to sit down with but instead they are weighed down by other books in hopeful piles - but I have bought a couple of others that have yielded wonderful recipes.

I think your advice about cooking from them within a week is most wise. Maybe it means that it is ill-advised to buy books just before being hugely busy - although I blame the poor timing of my birthday this year - maybe I just needed to celebrate it later in the year :-)

4:49 pm  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Well, I often find myself using cookbooks as inspiration rather than recipe, visual thinking stuff, 'cos for me the pics are, if they are there, equally important.

Can I please add From Spiders to Water Lillies to your cookbooks for xmas list?:

not fishpond affiliated, but proceeds go to streetkids in Cambodia.

(p.s. Thorpie looks bersactly like my step-son Edward...something that always kinda freaks me!)

8:17 pm  
Blogger Zoe said...

After a couple of years of looking, I have finally found a copy of Red, White and Greens, (ITalian Vegetable Cookery) which is a work of genioos. Also enjoying Stir Frying to the Edge and soon to open my new Richard Olney French Menus reprint.

Yay :)

8:35 pm  

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