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Book Review – Cooking Green

Updated on March 13, 2011

Are you looking for ways to incorporate green living into your daily life? There are plenty of things that each of us can do at home, starting with being careful about what we bring into out kitchen, how we prepare our meals, and what we choose to eat. If you're interested in learning more about what you can do to green your kitchen, then Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen the New Green Basics Way by Kate Keyhoe is a must-read bok for you.

This book does include recipes (50 of them, in fact!), but it's much more than "just" a cookbook. Cooking Green is focused on helping readers make wise decisions regarding every aspect of at home dining, including information on appliance selection, shopping for food, cooking, cleaning, and much more. For example, a great deal of home energy usage is related to the appliances that we use to cook and store food.

The book opens with a startling statistic that truly drives home the point of why making changes in your kitchen can truly make a positive impact on the environment. Keyhoe shares with readers the fact that twelve percent of the greenhouse emissions that impact our planet are associated with the processes of growing, transporting, and preparing food. When you read this book, you'll learn so many little things you can do to reduce the environmental impact of your household's practices that can combine to have a significant impact.

What Will You Learn?
A few of the many tips you'll learn when you read Cooking Green include:

  • Set your refrigerator at the ideal refrigerator temperature for maximizing energy efficiency (37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit) and freshness of food (35to 38 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Keep dairy products and meats along your refrigerator's natural cold spot, which is located in the back of the appliance.
  • Vacuum you r refrigerator's coils periodically so that the appliance can function most efficiency.
  • Use small appliances that maximize energy efficiency, such as toaster ovens, slow cookers, rice cookers, microwaves, convection ovens, and others.
  • Cook several dishes at once when using your oven.
  • Make wise food choices, focusing on buying what is in season and from local sources.
  • Make wise decisions regarding food packaging (go for as little packaging as possible, remember that glass is better than plastic and canned is preferable to frozen).
  • Use your own bags when you go to the supermarket instead of accumulating more plastic bags.
  • Many additional tips that anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint in the kitchen can implement.

This book is one that everyone who wants to learn how to live in a more environmentally responsible manner needs to read. When you're through with your copy and you've implemented changes in your own home, pass it along to another like minded individual. Or, better yet, share copies of this terrific resource with your friends and family members the next time a gift giving occasion comes up.


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  • The Good Cook profile image

    The Good Cook 

    9 years ago

    Thanks for the information.

  • Jmell profile image


    9 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

    I've purchased a couple of grocery bags and use them regularly to eliminate the plastic ones......I always recycle those, but sometimes we just have more than enuff so my personal bags are wonderful green additions to my household.


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