Book Review: Myra Goodman’s Earthbound Cook

by Joan Boykin

Myra Goodman’s marvelous book, The Earthbound Cook: Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet (Workman), is much, much more than a cookbook.  In addition to recipes, it is replete with gorgeous food, farm and family photos, practical kitchen tips, and eye-opening information on how to live sustainably to protect the earth’s precious resources. 

And what a story!  Myra, the co-founder of Earthbound Farm (EBF) along with her husband Drew, started EBF on several acres in their backyard in 1984, and today, their once-small garden has grown to more than 150 farmers growing organic produce on 37,000 acres, making EBF the largest grower/producer of organic produce and related products in the U.S.

In reality, there is nothing earthbound about Myra—more like heavenly in my view!—and her new book is chock full of out-of-this-world recipes accompanied by mouth-watering photos of delectable dishes made from organic food, straight from the garden.

Myra’s passion for organic food comes alive in recipes like Curried Garnet Yam Soup, Roasted Cauliflower Tart, and Whole Wheat Crepes filled with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients.  Each and every recipe inspires even the most reluctant cook to action, and the accompanying photos are a veritable feast for the eyes.

Adding to the value of this beautiful book is the information Myra offers on a wealth of food related topics: responsible living and eating; preserving our precious resources; avoiding harmful pesticides; cage free v. nest fresh eggs; wild or farmed salmon; carbon footprint measures; energy saving cooking tips; clarification of oft-confusing terms such as grass fed, pasture forage or free range; the environmental benefits of organic farming, and more.   

The Earthbound Cook is Myra’s second book and her first one, Food to Live By, are equally pleasing, educational, and inspiring.  Enjoy it, regardless of your culinary proficiency, and be sure to visit EBF’s website for a wealth of information and videos of Mrya whipping up dishes in her kitchen:


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