good booksHere is a list of some of our favorite cookbooks, how to helpers, and local references. Surround yourself with good resources and your kitchen projects will always go more smoothly.


Tender, Nigel Slater
Local Flavors
, Deborah Madison
Chez Panisse Vegetables, Alice Waters
Wildwood, Cory Schreiber
Ratio, Michael Ruhlman
The Breakfast Book, Marion Cunninham
Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian, Feinburg
Nourishing Traditions, Fallon
Chefs on the Farm, Borg
A Homemade Life, Wizenberg

Food storage (and preserving)

Stocking Up, Hupping
Well Preserved, Mary Anne Dragan
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning, Madison et al
Root Cellaring, Mike and Nancy Bubel
The Art of Fermentation Sandor Ellix Katz

Growing your own

Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide (or inquire at your favorite garden store)
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades
, Steve Solomon
Winter Gardening, Binda Colebrook
How to Grow Perennial Vegetables, Martin Crawford
Fresh Food From Small Spaces


Artisan Breads Everyday, Peter Reinhart
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
, Peter Reinhart
Whole Grain Breads, Peter Reinhart
Baker’s Companion, King Arthur
How to Bake, Nick Malgieri
Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Elsen

Making Your Own:

Charcuterie, Michael Ruhlman
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Molly Moon Neitzel
Home Cheese Making, Ricki Carroll

Thinking about food and food issues

Bringing it to the Table, Wendell Berry
The One Straw Revolution, Frances Moore Lappe
The Good Life, Helen Nearing
A Revolution Down on the Farm, Paul Conkin
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
, Barbara Kingsolver
The Edible Schoolyard, Alice Waters
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious, Jacqueline Briggs Martin