The Heart-Filled Kitchen

The Waldorf School Book of Soups

Collected by Marsha Post

Arranged and Introduced by Andrea Huff

Illustrated by Jo Valens

Paperback

 

$14.95

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I've been watching and waiting for this book for a long time - now that it's here, I can report that it's even better than I had hoped. Soup Day was always a favorite of mine when I worked in a Waldorf Kindergarten, so I expected to find a collection of wonderful, tasty recipes. My expectations are deliciously rewarded -- there's soup for all seasons, occasions and tastes. You'll love them!

What I didn't even dare expect was the attention to nutrition and food sources. After reading through The Waldorf School Book of Soups, I've decided that next time, I'll set my hopes to a higher level. This book offers, in the clearest and most concise ways, a thorough introduction to the value of organic and biodynamic food as well as an outstanding overview of some of the most important nutritional principles articulated more fully in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

In other words, The Waldorf School Book of Soups is just plain excellent and destined to serve families, classes and, most especially, children for years to come.

The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book

Collected and Annotated by Lisa Hildreth

Illustrated by Jo Valens

Spiral Bound

$12.95

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This is another one of those books that many of us have been waiting for years to see someone publish - hooray! that the day has arrived.

Lisa Hildreth has gathered up recipes and suggestions from many different Waldorf kindergarten teachers and topped them off with high-quality research and explanations about the whys, wherefores, and other considerations. This is book that any parent or teacher of young children will come to treasure and use daily for many years.

With contents that range from rich and rewarding considerations to mouth-watering recipes, The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book is such a celebration of food and children that you'll find yourself singing each time you prepare meals. This is one indispensable book!

Contents:

  • Planning Your Snacks - How Are Snacks a Part of Our Day? What Foods Nourish Young Children? How Does Food Affect the Process of Incarnation? What Foods Might You Wish to Avoid? What about Sugar? What Types of Snacks Will You Decide to Offer? How Can Snacks Help Children Make Connection? Will the Snacks Meet the Needs of Your Special Group of Children?
  • Snack Menus - 3-Day Nursery Menus; 5-Day Kindergarten Menus; 4-Day Kindergarten Menus
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Warming Soups
  • Luscious Fruits
  • A Grain a Day - Here's where you'll find the list of grains (and colors!) by days of the week!
  • Happy Birthday Cakes and Muffins
  • Festival Foods

Yummm! Gesundheit!

The Waldorf Book of Breads

Collected by Marsha Post

Edited and Introduced by Winslow Eliot

Illustrated by Jo Valens

Spiralbound

$14.95

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What child doesn’t like to feel and knead bread dough, watch it rise, and then taste it fresh from the oven? Not only is enormous fun for everyone, it is also invaluable to young children as they grow into our world.

These recipes have been handed down by grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and friends. They are easy to follow and encourage the baker, young and older alike, to use the best possible ingredients, making bread once again the healthy “staff of life” it once was. The Waldorf Book of Breads includes tasty breads for the daily table and specialty breads for the seasons and special occasions.

And, like the Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book and the Waldorf Book of Soups, The Waldorf Book of Breads is spiral-bound, so it lies flat to make life in the kitchen a little easier.

Baking Bread with Children

Warren Lee Cohen

Softbound

$30.00

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Bread. Is there anything that evokes Life and Love more? Or smells more tantalizing when baking? Or tastes better right out of the oven?

I don't know about you, but I have been awaiting this book with an eagerness akin to that of my childhood Christmas Eves - almost unbearable, the waiting has been.

But now it is here and the book is as much of a feast as the breads it will teach you to make. Almost any kind of bread, baked almost anyway: It's all here. And, as joyful as that in itself is, what makes Bread Baking with Children truly magical is, well, the children. There is so much here to engage children - stories, folklore, songs, poems, and best of all, bread!

Bread. Christ's body broken in Love. Bread. Mother Earth's gift of Life. Bread. Millennia of human tradition, in your kitchen, with your children. Alive again!

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Marcella Hazen

$35.00

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From my perspective, Marcella Hazen's The Essentials of Italian Classic Cooking is one of the greatest cookbooks ever written.  Each and every one of the 100's of recipes is clearly and accurately written and results in some of the most savory, uplifting food I've ever eaten.  I've cooked with this book at least a couple times a week for over a dozen years and still discover new things.  The amount of foodlore and sheer information that Marcella packed into nearly every recipe and section is like a university education in the art of preparing healthy, nutritious food that will be loved for its flavor, beauty and aroma.  I have learned more about cooking and about eating from Marcella than from any other single source.  Were I forced to take only 1 cookbook with me to a desert island (that magically had all the ingredients and kitchen equipment I'd need on it), I would take The Essentials of Italian Classic Cooking.  And I wouldn't look back, ever.

Recommended without reservation.

Cooking for the Love of the World

Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking

Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

Softbound

$22.95

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Feed your soul, nourish your body, and take joy in the creation of meals that truly make a house a home. Anne-Marie shows us all how to make foods that are filled with life and health, that celebrate through taste and beauty the seasons of the year, and that are so palatte-pleasing that everyone will come back again and again, hoping for more.

Inside the covers of what appears to be just another modest cookbook are gathered into one place some of the best discussions I've ever read on nutrition, life-filled food, taste and the change of seasons as the primary source of daily fare. The attitude the pervades Anne-Marie's work is one of love and appreciation for all the good things the earth brings us. Her's is also an attitude that is fully practical and very much at home with the work of the kitchen, it's demands and it's rich rewards.

Here you will find recipes for making quickly fermented salads using a Japanese pickle press (these are great inventions - you can easily get one for yourself at amazon.com). I've been using such a device for over a year and can't recommend them highly enough.

You'll also find beautifully written instructions for making delicious sourdough breads, yogurts, soups, main courses (this is not a vegetarian cookbook, though there are many vegetarian choices), deserts. All of these are far from being "health food" in the sense of sacrificing flavor at the expense of some idea of nutrient content. On the contrary, they are vibrantly exploding with flavor. Trust me, you'll love the meals you make from this book - and so will all your family and friends.

Very, very highly recommended! Bon apetite!