I was recently catching up on a past episode of “The Splendid Table”, (one of my favorite podcasts theat keeps me entertained while working), when Lynne Rossetto Kasper started and interview with Kate Heyhoe, author of “Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint”. I really enjoyed the great interview, and I immediately ordered the book from Amazon so I could get all the info and report on it to you here at the Eco Etsy blog.
This is a great cookbook! There are lots of great recipes that I have marked to try for my family, especially the Vietnamese Glass Noodles with Chicken and the Lemon Tarragon Toaster Oven Tilapia, but even better yet is all the info she shares about how to save energy and reduce your “cookprint” while cooking.
Did you know that your oven wastes 94% of the fuel is consumes while cooking your dinner? Her solution is to use your toaster oven and cooktop for as much as possible. Very simple solutions, but something I had never thought about.
Of course, buying locally and organic is the first step in reducing your cookprint and it is wise to do so whenever you are able, but Ms. Heyhoe urges us to think beyond just this first step of keeping our cookprint as small as possible. She has many tips on how to achieve this and some are as simple as turning your oven off 15 minutes before you are ready to eat and setting your refrigerator between 37 and 40 degrees to cool your food sufficiently without wasting energy.
I highly reccomend this cookbook to anyone interested in keeping your kitchen as green as possible. You can get it here!
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