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Simply in Season

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  772 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Not so long ago, within the memory of many of our parents and grandparents, most fruits and vegetables on North American tables came from our own gardens or from gardens close by, Eggs, milk, and meat also came from local sources. Today, the average item of food travels over a thousand miles before it lands on our tables. It is a remarkable technological accomplishment, bu ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Herald Press (VA) (first published June 1st 2005)
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Aug 07, 2011 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I have never made a recipe from this that I didn't like. I've also never found a recipe that was too complicated to make successfully with an hour of work. The author is great about offering lots of substitution options, working with the assumption that you're grabbing produce from your local farmer's market, so you may not be able to find every ingredient, but you'll always be able to find something within a family of ingredients. For the farmer's market set, it's very helpful for figuring out ...more
Dec 22, 2007 Dana rated it it was amazing
As the title implies, this cookbook is really all about eating what's in season in your region. It's broken down into 5 main section: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. and All Seasons and highlights which fruits/vegetables in the recipes are in season. I especially like that most of the recipes only have a few ingredients (on average 5-10) and are simple to make. Despite the minimal use of herbs and spices, the dishes are surprising super flavorful.

There's some quaint anecdotes that go along with
Jun 16, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks-i-own
I LOVE this cookbook! I am of the belief that we humans should eat in this manner. Local. In season. "Beyond-organic." But how do you do that? If you have tried to eat in this manner, you know as I have found that the old way of looking through cookbooks to get ideas of what your weekly meal plan will be does not work well. What works better is to grab whatever is growing in your garden, or whatever looks good at the farmer's market, look in this book and figure something out!

I really like how t
Feb 15, 2009 Little-g rated it liked it
I've been wanting one of the three Mennonite cookbooks for years. They're tough to find. I was able to find this one around the same time I started gardening, so it seemed a good idea to read. What I like about it is it comes from a foundational place I find so important -- that we can live simply; eat, cook simply. And that doing so in season is in harmony with our lives here on the planet. What is unfortunate about the book is that a number of the recipes just aren't delicious. They are fine. ...more
Jun 07, 2008 graham rated it it was amazing
This, my other cookbook, is totally different than COOKING by James Peterson. It's small, sturdy and just yearns to get veggie guts all over it. It's also seasonal; it's divided by season and then by the available ingredients in that season. As I try to contemplate my impact on the earth, being able to choose (as often as I can) produce that is naturally available makes me feel better about how I'm eating.

Also, since it's written for and by Mennonites, there's a lot of Biblical impetus behind
Polly Krize
May 26, 2015 Polly Krize rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in eating locally, eating with the seasons, understanding where our food comes from and so much more. Fruits and veggies are covered in the first part of the book with how to select them, preparation and serving suggestions, etc. The recipes show style and are simple with no special ingredients, focussing instead on the fresh fruits and vegetables. An elegant book!
May 03, 2013 Aj rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Being a member of not one, but two CSAs (I like too many farmers), I've so appreciated this book. Basic menus that I can use our local produce. I can easily improvise if I'm lacking an ingredient, and many of the dishes I can double, make ahead, or use the slow cooker. I also love the stories and quotes woven throughout the hearty, (mostly) healthy recipes.
Jan 14, 2010 Miker rated it really liked it
Melissa, I love this cookbook. Not only do I love the recipes, I also love the prayers and other commentary.
Janis Hill
May 20, 2015 Janis Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book via Netgalley for an open and honest review.

I LOVE this book. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 out of 5 stars is because it’s not based on Australian seasons and common foods. It is a minor complaint, but was enough to stop me giving it the full marks, sorry.

Why do I love this book? Well, I’m very much into eating locally and in season and this book is perfect for that! Although this is the 10th edition, I’d not seen it before so can’t compare it to older versio
Jun 04, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book touches something close to my heart. It is something that I believe we should all be doing more: feel the seasons and adjust our diet accordingly. Not that I’m a saint regarding this matter. It can be because of lack of knowledge; when are oranges in season? Or because I really feel like having strawberries on a dark December night. Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert come to the rescue with a cookbook full of seasonal recipes, including a guide with when to eat which fruit or veg ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Serena rated it it was amazing
If I had to choose one cookbook to use for the rest of my life, not counting family recipes (that wouldn't be fair, now, would it?), I would choose Simply in Season. This book is a wonderful kitchen resource for those of us in temperate climates interested in eating with the seasons.

All of the recipes are organized by season and then by category (i.e. salads, main dishes, desserts, etc.), and each section ends with sample menus and "invitations to action" for supporting sustainable local agricul
Lynn Spencer
Aug 18, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I'd give this more of a 4.5 stars. I do wish it had even more recipes.

However, since I buy most of my produce at the farmers' market and I try to cook with what's in season, I find this book very helpful. There's a general year-round section with various recipes primarily involving grains and kitchen staples, and the rest of the book is broken down by seasons. If you live in a tropical climate or up in the far north, your results may vary, but for me here in Virginia, the book's description of w
Dec 03, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, cookbooks
I LOVE this cookbook-- it is great for anyone who is interested in environmental stewardship, intentionally living apart from corporate farming's lies about food and health, and wants to learn to eat seasonally! It has a section in the beginning that "profiles" different fruits/vegetables w/ info about what season they grow in North America, how to select, store/handle, and prepare them. The recipes are divided into four chapters: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and All Seasons. Each chapter has ...more
Sara Q
Feb 20, 2011 Sara Q rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, cookbooks
This is one of our top go-to cookbooks. I found it at the Ten Thousand Villages in Champaign and picked it up because of the focus on eating seasonally. The recipes are divided by season, with a handy list of that season's foods at the beginning of each section. The layout of the recipes is very nice -- the ingredients are in bold, in order of what gets used first, and the relevant instructions come immediately after them. There are plenty of recipes for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.

The onl
Jun 01, 2015 Justin rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a good all around cookbook for those interested in healthy cooking. If this is your first foray into healthy cooking this book deserves at least four stars.

On the other hand, the recipes felt somewhat basic/generic so if you already have several healthy cookbooks you might not find much new here. In this case, the book is more of a 3 star candidate.

I didn't find the seasonal organization particularly helpful, but that's just me. I usu
May 24, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
If you re a gardener or a advocate in supporting local farmers, you will love this book of recipes to eat seasonal produce you buy or better yet, raise. This book is a must have for organic, wholesome, healthy cooks and gardeners. It is just what I was looking for as I venture into my new methods of gardening and cooking. It is much more than a cookbook, , as the authors offer not only recipes, but inspiration and methods based on their Mennonite backgrounds and university of Oregon education in ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves to cook healthy
Recommended to Sarah by: My sister
This cookbook is amazing! It is what the title says... It's separated by season with the produce that is typically available then. In the index, you can either search by recipe name, or by ingredient. Each recipe has a short story with it- I got this recipe from..., this is wonderful served with... Etc.
all of the recipes are full of flavor and lots of vegetables. There are also some salads and desserts which have all been good. The salad dressings are now our go-to recipes. We don't buy store b
Heather Boyd
Jul 24, 2012 Heather Boyd rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is my current favourite. Vegetarian/vegan-friendly, and divided into seasons, with anecdotes and info about buying local, supporting growers, and appreciating fresh food. It is written by the Mennonite Central Committee with contributions from members. It has a mildly religious slant but ultimately praises the bounty of mother nature.

Downside: no nutritional info is included with the recipe.

Current favourites: southwest corn chowder, and white chili. Nut ring loaf is a great sub fo
Jun 17, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, cookbook
I have the original version of this cookbook and it's one of my all time favorites, so I was interested in checking out the updates. It's been freshened with more pictures and a couple of new recipes per section. Some of my favorites from this cookbook are the carrot curry soup, the salad dressings, black bean & sweet potato burritos. This is my go to book when I don't know what to do with something in my CSA produce box. If you don't have it, I recommend it as a good addition to your cookbo ...more
Dec 04, 2011 viola rated it liked it
Shelves: erudite, own
First off, I can only speak for the vegetarian friendly recipes (which maybe is part of the problem? But veggies should be delicious too)

This is a wonderful concept and presentation and I have tried very hard to really enjoy it, but the taste falls flat nearly every time. Even recipes with a decent amount of spice and flavor never seem to quite hit the spot. I find myself not entirely disappointed, but almost never revisit recipes either. I firmly reject the idea that simple=bland.

That being sa
Aug 22, 2010 Heidi rated it it was amazing
The Mennonites have been hawking this book for years and I always passed it by, thinking it was some crunchy-granola-type cookbook, using only things like lentils and spelt. Totally prejudiced of me, I know. Then I saw it referenced in something else so I checked it out from the library. What to do with the zillions of tomatoes exploding in our garden? Tons of seasonal recipes in here! Each season contains loads of recipes using the produce ripest at that point, and everything is healthy and fre ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love cookbooks. I'm amazed at how clever and imaginative some people can be in creating recipes. Since going Veg, I've been slowly replacing all my cookbooks. This one is not a vegetarian cookbook, but it is all about using foods that are fresh and in season. As the title implies, this book is laid out by season. I love how you can just flip through it and on the side it highlights what fruits or vegetables are in that recipe. I have bookmarked so many pages that I have to get co ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Hope rated it it was amazing
My favorite cookbook. Look up any vegetable and you'll find many recipes, some vegetarian, some not but adaptable. Mennonites who traveled the world compiled recipes with many different seasonings, and when I started making Liberian Pumpkin Pasta and other such wonderful recipes my family gobbled them up. I have given this book to family and numerous friends over the years. My own copy is dog-earred and stained enough that I've retyped favorite recipes and put them into plastic sheets in a 3-rin ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Nicolette rated it really liked it
How do I love this cookbook? Let me count the ways! I like the variety of recipes -- even with the seasonal limitation. There's something for the meat eater and the vegetarian. The recipes (I've tried) are straight forward and frankly -- very tasty; they are easy enough for even an inexperienced cook. I've renewed this cookbook from the library for the fifth time; I guess it's time I got my own copy.

The only con I have is that there's no nutritional content notes at the end of each recipe.
Jul 06, 2009 Mick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
Friends gave us this cookbook as a wedding present, and we've used it a lot already.

The recipes are organized by season, and come with many possible variations. The most useful part of the book, I've found, is the food appendix in the beginning which lists tons of vegetables with their photos, and contains information on storage, preparation, and when to buy it (and how to select the freshest one). Such a fantastic cookbook, which I will recommend to my friends and family.
Jul 31, 2011 Missy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
We received this as a wedding gift and I love it. It is divided based on the growing seasons and also the kinds of meals one enjoys eating during the seasons (cool salads in summer, heavy soups in winter, etc.) I like to take it out before I hit the farmers market. It would be a great gift for a gardener.

I have found that many of the recipes can be adapted for our goal diet or that they inspire me to improvise.
May 21, 2008 Kerrin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
Fantastic cookbook with lots of delicious recipes, arranged by season. When we joined a CSA, I wasn't sure what to do with some of the vegetables we received in our share. This cookbook provided me with a bunch of tasty recipes to use for things like kale that I had never cooked with before. Some of my cookbooks sit on the shelf & rarely get used. This one is at the top of the pile and I continue to find new recipes in it that I like.
Sep 29, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
My favorite go-to cookbook any time of year. Great for eating locally all year long. Can't wait to try out the new recipes in the expanded edition (released in Sept. 09).

Also, if you haven't seen Simply in Season Children's Cookbook, check it out right away. The design is stunning and all kids would love it.
Aug 02, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
I have had this cookbook for several years now, and I find that I still pull it out at least once a week to use. There are some recipes that I don't even need to look at now (Fruit Platz & Wild Mushroom Sauce for example) because I make them so often. Most recently the Squash Bake has proved delicious, and Broccoli& Cheese Soup as well.
Ginny Ambrose
Dec 07, 2013 Ginny Ambrose rated it it was amazing
I bought this cookbook because it is the last (or next) in a series of food and lifestyle related books published through the Mennonite Central Committee and because I was so moved by the first one, Living More with Less. This book supplies just a dash of spiritual commentary and a full measure of seasonal, easy to follow and no-fail recipes. I refer to it a lot.
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“A lighthearted prayer for Thanksgiving:

May you have turkey in season
Cranberries for squeezin'
Gravy (within reason)
And leftovers worth freezin'!

by Merrill Miller of Scottdale, PA”
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