The daffodils I bought at the weekend opened overnight and greeted me as I came downstairs on Monday, the first workaday morning since the clocks moved forward an hour. Spring is happening and I’m pulling out the cookbooks. I feel my smartest cookbooks are organized by seasons and if you don’t have any like that, here’s your excuse to go shopping…
you’ll be healthier for it.
You probably recognize that you crave different foods at different times of the year. Locally grown produce changes with the seasons. In spring we get excited to see our crocuses burst through the soil and bloom. Everywhere we look the energy is moving upwards and we feel it as we start to spend more time outdoors and the days lengthen. Eating within the season strengthens and builds immunity according to the ancient Chinese.
The sages follow the laws of Nature and therefore their bodies are free from strange diseases. They do not lose any of their natural functions and their spirit of life is never exhausted.-Inner Classic “Healing with Whole Foods” 3rd edition Paul Pitchford
As each season transitions I pull out the cookbooks that offer recipes with seasonal attunement in mind. The recipes for spring call for lighter cooking methods, and produce that embodies this upward energy (leeks, salad greens, leafy greens). Knowing how to choose and prepare foods according to the seasons is invaluable to create a steady strengthening throughout the year.
Here’s my stash…
Love, Sanae: Healing Vegan Macrobiotic Cooking, My Healing Journey
The Real Food Daily Cookbook: Really Fresh, Really Good, Really Vegetarian
Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You
Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live Well with 100 New Clean Food Recipes
The Self-Healing Cookbook: Whole Foods To Balance Body, Mind and Moods
If you have others let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for an excuse to go cookbook shopping.