Food to Live By: on Earth Day and every day

April 22nd, 2009

Every day is Earth Day at  Earthbound Farm—the world’s largest grower of organic produce, which is located right nearby in Carmel Valley.  Where the earth and the environment are always front and center.

 So front and center  on Cluttercast in honor of Earth Day is an autographed copy of the Earthbound Farm Cookbook by Co-founder Myra Goodman. Even if  Myra didn’t happen to be one of my closest friends, this would still be my very favorite cookbook.  (At least until Earth Day 2010 when Myra publishes her second cookbook.)

 To be completely honest:  this cookbook IS my favorite .   But it’s not clutter.  And I’m not giving mine away.  Not that anyone would want my copy.  It’s filled with stains from all the meals I’ve cooked with it.

In honor of Earth Day, Myra is giving away a signed copy like mine— without the stains.



 Knowing Myra makes me extra conscious of our environment.  In fact, cluttercasting itself is one way to go green.

Let me know in a comment why you think Earth Day is important or how you have changed one thing in your life to go green.    The winner will get a signed copy of FOOD TO LIVE BY.    As a special bonus in honor of Earth Day,  3 commenters (chosen at random) will get a free Earthbound Farm tote bag.     Thank you Myra and Happy Earth Day!!

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  1. April 22nd, 2009 at 05:46 | #1

    This book sounds great! We’ve recently stopped using paper towels and paper napkins–we use cloth instead!


  2. ginger
    April 22nd, 2009 at 06:48 | #2

    I would love this cookbook to use in cooking from my garden. We have started growing our own vegetables and have a 20ft by 30 ft garden this year planted by me. I have 44 tomatos, 10 okra plants, 33 cabbage plants, hot banana peppers, jalapino peppers, green beans coming up from seed, squash seed up, cucumber seed up to save on our grocery bill and use less plastic grocery bags, less cans, and eat fresh, organic food. I hope I get the cookbook!! ginger


  3. Sandy
    April 22nd, 2009 at 08:56 | #3

    I would love this cookbook for a very dear friend of mine who is going through some rough times. Part of her therapy has been to plant a vegetable garden and fruit trees, this cookbook would be perfect for her and another small way to show I care.


  4. Dawn
    April 22nd, 2009 at 09:10 | #4

    I love to cook and try new recipes, so I would love this cookbook! Living in Iowa I have grown up “green”, I do not remember a summer that we did not have our own garden. Now as an adult we still have a garden and with 2 little kids at home and a third on the way I know this tradition will carry on. We have also switched to re-usable grocery bags, CFL bulbs and recycle, recycle, recycle! My wish is that my girls will learn the importance of Earth Day every day and will pass those values on to their own children.


  5. Sharon
    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 | #5

    I love to cook for my family and this book would be a great addition to our kitchen as we are all trying to eat healthier and closer to the earth. We’ve made good progress over the past year moving to a greener lifestyle: using CFL bulbs, recycling with fervor, packing zero-waste lunches, using cloth grocery bags, doing laundry in cold water. We’re planting a garden now which we want to be a four-season one. The whole family is involved and coming up with more ideas with how to live more gently on the earth. Thank you for sharing!


  6. Heather D.
    April 22nd, 2009 at 14:06 | #6

    This year I’ve really tried to teach my two year old the importance of throwing trash away properly. He really is getting it and now if we’re out on a walk he’ll pick up trash to throw away. Love it!


  7. April 22nd, 2009 at 15:13 | #7

    I love to cook. I have way too many cookbooks. If I win this, I will cluttercast five cookbooks in return. It will cut down my cookbook clutter by four and enrich five other cooks.

    Oh and for Earth Day, I put together a “Jewelry Rehab” workshop and submitted to my local library for consideration – a class on how to take broken/dated jewelry and remake it into a stunning new piece. Ok, it sounds like a silly little gesture, but better to recycle gold and silver than mine for more!


  8. Liz Wertz
    April 22nd, 2009 at 16:13 | #8

    For the last 3-4 years, organic foods are what I mainly use in cooking. I also would bet that a large portion of the produce I buy (during winter months in NE Ohio) were produced by Earthbound Farms. I have consistently found their produce of high quality and taste.

    Having said that, I love to cook and usually focus meals on largely vegetables with some protein. Some would even call be a ‘foodie.’ In addition, I try to keep updated on the latest news in health and wellness – including the health and wellness of the earth. In fact, I have purchased a domain name to create a web site which will be focused on green initiatives and businesses with the plan to push it out to educate and assist others.

    Our household is a recycling one: all cans, bottles, plastics, Styrofoam etc. are brought to a recycling unit. Refillable water bottles, showers, reusuable grocery bags, and CFL bulbs are also used. Any unwanted/unneeded ‘clutter’ is redistributed to church rummage sales and clothing drives.

    If I am the recipient of this cookbook, I will promise to ‘pay-it-forward’ in someway to benefit others. I would dearly love to receive this cookbook!


  9. ANNAM
    April 22nd, 2009 at 22:39 | #9

    I have done many changes to go green like using re-usable grocery bags, towels, CFL bulbs, eco-friendly cleaning products, consuming less energy by powering off electrical appliances when not in use and travelling less on cars & more on public transportation/car pool & by re-cycling all the time. I am also recommending the same to my friends and families. Some of my friends have gone to the extent of qualifying me as a ‘Green Freak’. I am proud to be called one.


  10. Kathryn
    April 23rd, 2009 at 06:52 | #10

    I also have done many things to go green, but a word to the wise about CFL bulbs. First of all, they contain mercury, and thus should be recycled, not thrown in the garbage. With everyone and their dog using CFL’s, we will have a huge environmental issue if everyone continues throwing these bulbs into landfills. Sorry to say, but it is typical of our short-sighted society to ignore the forest for the trees, and that is what is happening here. LED lights, by the way, have no such toxic content and are equally low-energy.

    Also, if you live in a place with an incredibly cold or long winter, CFL’s may actually cost you more and be more earth polluting than using regular bulbs. Why? Because in a cold climate, they’re not just a source of light, they’re a source of heat. If you take that heat source away and replace it with a highly expensive and polluting heat source like heating oil, you will be doing more harm than good.

    As to my own acts of green…I don’t even have a licence, my three-year-old and I walk everywhere. And we buy locally almost all the time, as well as growing our own vegetables. Green acts aside, you just can’t beat the taste! Thanks for the great giveaway!


  11. April 23rd, 2009 at 07:04 | #11

    I think Earth Day is so important because it gives us a day to reevaluate where we are in supporting our planet. We live on a pretty incredible place and it is good for us to remember it and focus on it one day a year, rededicating ourselves to keeping it incredible for generations to come.


  12. April 23rd, 2009 at 11:24 | #12

    i am impressed by how many things my first grader wants to do to go green. of course, many of the things she learned about we were already doing (fixing leaky faucets, recycling, etc.). it is nice to have her joining us in these measures, instead of having one more thing to lecture her about. our biggest thing is to shop at the thrift store for things we need, rather than buying brand new, if it is at all possible. it would be great to pick out recipes with my daughter and talk about how environmental we are being!


  13. April 24th, 2009 at 05:55 | #13

    I have started recycling. Recycling is very important to me. I have bins in my garage and I feel so much better knowing that those things will not just be sitting in a dump somewhere. I feel like I am making a difference and teaching my kids to do it to. I would love to have this book!


  14. April 24th, 2009 at 07:33 | #14

    earth day is so important. I have tried to go greener in every way possible as long as I can afford it. recycling, turning the water off when not in use. using eco friendly products. water bottles, lunch boxes etc.


  15. Sandy
    April 24th, 2009 at 09:13 | #15

    Meant to add the earth saving things I do with my comments, but got sidetracked. I’ve been recycling since labels had to come off cans, then crushed, everything sorted and I drove it to the recyling center at the Palo Alto baylands. I now also use cloth napkins, CFL bulbs (and yes, they do have to be disposed as hazardous waste)and most importantly I purchase less to have less to recycle. Every little thing everyone can do helps.


  16. April 25th, 2009 at 01:06 | #16

    I think that Earth Day is important the same way Hugs are important.

    We love our loved ones all the time and do things for them – or should – through out our lives and days, but it is important to every once in a while to give a hug or something like that to let them know in a special way, like a punctuation mark. Earth Day is like that punctuation mark that ends the sentence saying “I care about the world I live in.” Rather nice that a period is nice and round at that.

    I try to do what I can for the environment. Though some things are selfish. I love my reusable grocery bags made from recycled material. They give a greater sense of security to me for getting my groceries home. They also advertise that I am doing something – even if they advertise the store too…

    I also pool with my parents to travel to the grocery store. Dad drives… still a convenience for me… I stopped driving my own car five years ago because it didn’t make sense for the few trips a month I made. I take public transit or walk normally. Groceries are a pain though. I do love my disability-annual-bus pass, so it is not so painful.

    I do use “green” paper products for toilet paper, recycled paper products made with not quites so harmful processes, and It takes me two or three months to go through a roll of paper towels. I use reusable cellulose and use cloth dish towels…

    I think my refuse is at about 1/3 trash 2/3 recycle and I put out a small-medium can once a month whether I need to or not. Of course I am single.

    …oh one change… oops. Sorry can’t help myself… I think I’ll copy this to my own blog…

    Anyway, although I would love the cookbook, I’d love to see Sandy get it for her friend. I do love tote bags though.

    ~ Dusty
    D Cluttermouse


    Vote -1 Reply:

    Dusty, t hanks so much for your comment. Sorry it was submitted after I already gave away the cookbook and tote bags—but I really appreciate your thoughts and efforts. Keep up the good work.


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