Cooking Green: How to Reduce Your Cookprint

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!


  1. What a fantastic idea for a book, it is the one room in the house where so much eco goodness happens (recycling, water conservation, etc) but when it comes to cooking I never really considered that my oven could be a major offender! I’ll be looking for this at my library as well, thanks for the info :-)

  2. What a great idea for a book. Being green in the kitchen – before and after you buy the ingredients – is a huge environmental movement. I rarely bake because it produces so much heat and I knew intuitively that anything that produces that much heat wastes a lot of energy. So glad to hear that I was right! I also use proper right size burner when I cook because it seems pointless to use a larger burner when you can heat with a smaller size that fits your pans and pots better.

    Thanks for the review! I have to see if my library has the book. :)