BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: Alexandra Stafford's debut book, hailed by baking superstars Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz, serves up the easiest no-knead peasant loaves baked in Pyrex bowls (!!!) then teaches you to use every crumb. Brilliant recipes that go way beyond baking.
PALEO BAKING: Despite being born with severe food allergies, Elizabeth Barbone trained at the Culinary Institute of America so she could then transform almond, coconut and other non-grain flours into gluten-free delights.
NATURALLY SWEET FOOD IN JARS: If your objection to jams, pickles, and other condiments is all that sugar, problem solved. Marisa McClellan’s tempting recipes feature maple, honey, juice and even dried fruits as natural sweeteners instead.
CLEAN SOUPS: Master making a range of broths—delicious “sipping teas” in their own right—and also transform them into health-promoting, delicious soups with food-as-medicine expert Rebecca Katz’s help.
THE LECTURE that he’s been giving for a number of years is not-so-subtly called “Kill Your Lawn.” Ecological horticulturist Dan Jaffe Wilder knows that starting over and creating an entire native habitat instead of a lawn isn’t for everyone. But Dan just wants to grab our attention and get us to start to make some changes at least in the way we care for the turfgrass we do want in our landscapes. And maybe give up a little square footage of it to some other kind of more diverse planting, too, like the wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana, inset). Alternative, more eco-focused styles of lawn care, along with some lawn alternatives is what he and I talked about on the podcast. Dan is Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Wales, Massachusetts, and its 8,000-acre sanctuary. He’s also co-author with Mark Richardson of the book “Native Plants for New England Gardens.”