Brenda Bechtel of Cape Elizabeth recently published a 120-page cookbook titled, Old World Organics, featuring recipes from her mother's Sicilian and American heritage, all based on simple, pure and organic ingredients.
Old World Organics, subtitled "From the old to the new...healthy and sustainable living through traditional Sicilian cooking" is a mother-daughter achievement that combines an old-world way of life and cooking with convictions about the nutritional benefits of organic food.
Old World Organics refers to a not-so-distant past when people cultivated their food in a more environmentally sustainable manner, for markets that were mostly local and by those who mostly knew each other. The recipes are the result of Bechtel's discovery that eating clean, whole and pure food is as easy now as it was for her ancestors over a century ago.
Bechtel includes color photography of the dishes and sidebar pieces on organic farming, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), connections to local farmers through community supported agriculture (CSA) and artisanal foods, benefits of grass-fed meat and aquaculture farming, and the growth of the Slow Food movement.
Bechtel teaches writing at Saint Joseph's College and in July published a book of poetry called Gathering Ground.
October 5, 2010
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