Exciting new books

I had the pleasure of working the registration desk at Cass County Garden Day on Easter weekend.  I met a couple of new people and enjoyed chatting with them about gardening (and cooking and canning).

One of the bonuses of working the registration desk is that you typically have a little time to shop the vendor booths during the sessions. Of course, this appeals to me. :)   There was a bookseller there, and I found some great books–it was difficult to choose just a couple from all the options.

In the end I settled on a canning and preserving book called Nature’s Bounty that had some interesting things I’d never seen before–things like honey ginger banana butter and a few others that were completely new to me.  I’m always looking for new canning recipes, so I was excited about that one.

But the real excitement, for me, came when I saw The Produce Bible.  It’s a huge one–it’s going to take lots of perusal time to get through it.  But I’m really looking forward to that.  It’s all about cooking using seasonal produce, a topic that I know you know is near and dear to my heart. Also, it has a forward by Deborah Madison, who wrote my favorite cookbook, Local Flavors.  So I figure it’s got to be pretty good.

We’ve been busy enough the past couple of weeks that I’ve not had a chance to even quickly look through them yet, but I’m really looking forward to spending some time poring over the recipes and marking pages. (Not to mention doing some actual cooking.) :)

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4 Responses to Exciting new books

  1. Dixie says:

    Can you tell us what Cass County Garden Day is all about? In checking online, it looks like it is put on by NDSU Ag-Extension. Can individuals attend? Is it held annually? Thanks for any info you can give us.

    • Avatar of Sandi Sandi says:

      Absolutely! It is typically put on every year–it’s basically a one-day event with several sessions about different gardening topics and vendor booths of gardening-related shops and organizations. The past couple of years it has been held on the NDSU campus but it has been at other locations in the past. Anyone is welcome to attend–the registration is usually about $25 and includes lunch. You can contact Cass County Extension (www.ag.ndsu.edu/casscountyextension) for registration details–of course it will be next spring before it’s offered again.

      I highly recommend it–it’s always a fun day of great information, good vendors, and other gardeners. :)

  2. Dixie says:

    Thanks for the info. Hopefully I can attend next Spring!

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