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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

‘This Week for Dinner’ Cookbook Club: The Earthbound Cook

I’m starting something new. Because I’m kind of bored. There’s just not that much going on in my life. 😉

Okay, seriously, here is my new thing. The ‘This Week for Dinner Cookbook Club.’ It goes something like this. I convince a publisher to give me a bunch of copies of a cookbook. Then I email the members of the Cookbook Club, they get copies of the book and we get together for a potluck where we all cook recipes from the book. I then write about our meeting here on the blog to share with all of you!

I have a diverse and wonderful group of women who are members of the cookbook club. And they have been waiting very patiently for our first meeting. See, I put the club together months ago. And so far being a member hasn’t meant much.

Thankfully my dear friend Linsey Krolik got the ball rolling! She has her own book club, From Left to Write, where the members are all over the country and they read all kinds of books. And she rustled up a bunch of copies of Myra Goodman’s new cookbook The Earthbound Cook. And, last Wednesday, the stars aligned and we had our first meeting – combined with Linsey’s lovely group, of course!

What an evening! I encourage you all to start your own cookbook clubs. It was a BLAST all having the same cookbook, emailing and Facebooking about the recipes, planning what we were going to make. And then…then! Getting together and eating all the wonderful food and spending a few hours chatting.We all walked away that night feeling warm, happy, and full!

It certainly didn’t hurt that we all loved Myra’s book. What a wonderful inaugural cookbook for our club! It is full of wonderful recipes as well as great stories and insight. And every single person agreed – there was not one dish at the potluck that wasn’t good! Everything was wonderful. Of course I had favorites, but everything tasted great.

So now I am inspired. I can’t wait for our next cookbook club meeting!

I have to share one of my favorite recipes from the night with you. Because I want to whet your appetite for the cookbook…and I think it would be a yummy Thanksgiving treat! It’s the squares you see pictured above. They were fabulous!

Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Breakfast Squares
From The Earthbound Cook
– Butter, for greasing baking dish
– 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
– 1 1/2 cups (5 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
– 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
– 1 tablespoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 1/4 cups (11 1/4 ounces) packed light brown sugar
– 2/3 cup canola oil
– 2 large eggs
– 1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
– 1 1/2 cups grated peeled carrots
– 1 cup grated peeled apples

– 2 cups walnut pieces
– 1/2 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened shredded coconut
– 1/4 cup (scant 2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter the bottom of sides of 9×13 baking dish.

Place the oats, flour, flaxseeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl and stir to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the oil. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the buttermilk.

Add the oat mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine. Add the carrots and apples, stir just til blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish.

Place the walnuts, coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to blend and sprinkle over the batter.

Bake until the batter has set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour then cut into 12 pieces.

Below is a list of the From Left to Write bloggers who have written about The Earthbound Cook today. Definitely a list of blogs posts worth checking out!


  1. aww awesome wish I was a part of that book club I LOVE foodie books!!!

  2. I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it! I love the book, and it looks like you ladies had a great time.

  3. Jane, it was a lovely night! I can’t wait to do it again soon 🙂 Thanks for joining forces with me for a fantastic group noshing experience.

  4. Great post! I’m going to have to look up that recipe in my copy of the book. Those squares were delish! And I love love love the idea of this cookbook club. Looking forward to the next potluck! Thanks for organizing!

  5. Sorry I couldn’t make it that day, but the thing I like about the book is that it has a wide variety of flavors, techniques and complexity – all using fresh ingredients.

  6. 6

    Definitely the tastiest book club I’ve ever joined! With this particular book it felt like attending a Thanksgiving feast without the turkey. And let’s face it, all those yummy side dishes, soups and salads are what it’s all about on Thanksgiving.

    All of the recipes in Earthbound Cook are really flavorful, fresh, and healthy and really suit the harvest season. The book has been super helpful in giving me new ideas for what to do with my CSA box each week.

    Thanks Jane!

  7. 7

    It was such a fun night! I wish I could have tried all the dishes, but luckily I have the book! Myra finally converted me to buying organic. Although my husband doesn’t love the prices, he has loved all the recipes I’ve tried from her book. Especially the pumpkin stuffed with quinoa and cranberries. Can’t wait for the next meeting.

  8. Jane, congratulations on such a successful event — and I hope it means more wonderful times with food and friends! I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it that night, hopefully you’ll have more great events like it.

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    Elisa Clawson

    It was so much fun! And all the dishes were so good! Yummmmmm

    I love that there is so much information in this book…the whys and hows of organic, local and cooking. I also loved the pictures, my boys are fascinated by the pictures of growing food. I guess I need to get them out to farms, not just farmer’s markets!!

    Can’t wait for the next book and meeting.

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    anna mckeown

    I had so much fun! It is an amazing book. My favorites are the salads and soups, which are staples in our house. She has some really fresh takes on both of these categories, not the same old thing. Very creative (and tasty) salads. And seriously, I think EVERYTHING I ate at the party was delicious. That is pretty impressive.

  11. 12

    I’ve hosted Christmas cookie swaps in the past as well as plenty of potlucks, but I’ve never heard of a cooking club! I like the idea of everyone making dishes from the same book. I could also think of some interesting twists, as I just attended a soup party where the hosts each made a soup and handed out recipes. I could imagine tapas parties, salad parties, chocolate parties… and now, I’m really hungry!

  12. 13

    I just love this idea, even without the extra added wonderful bonus of getting together, it was fun to virtually read and cook together. Thanks so much to you and Linsey and Darryle.

    Everything was really delicious. I’m not a picky eater, but didn’t expect to really love everything in the book.

  13. 14

    What a fabulous book to start the cookbook club! It was filled with amazing recipes. Two of the recipes I’ll be using for Thanksgiving: honey glazed carrots and parsnips, and herbed snap peas (a nice appetizer to balance out the more fattening appetizers!). Thanks for a wonderful evening of fabulous food and conversation!

  14. 15

    I just wanted to thank you for coming up with this wonderful idea. I was not able to be a part of the cookbook club in NJ–in fact, I’m not sure it happened–but I thoroughly enjoyed cooking and learning from the book and writing a cookbook-inspire blog. I hope there are more opportunities to make it happen in the future. I would love to host such an event.

  15. 18

    i hope to be able to jump in, on the next one!

  16. 19

    I loved reviewing the book and have made about 10 recipes so far. All very yummy! In fact the night it arrived I came home from a very long day at work and was so excited by the surprise that I had to cook. Luckily I had food in my house and made the butternut squash, white bean and chard soup, minus the chard. I didn’t say that I had everything but close enough. I love to cook but, being single, I always end up throwing food away because I eat out with friends too often. I’m looking forward to cooking more and to the next cook book club meeting!

    Here are a few of my favorite recipes from the book:
    1. Butternut Squash, White Bean & Chard Soup – page 28
    2. Asian Broth w/ Tofu & Brown Rice – page 24
    3. Baked Apples – page 348
    4. Sausage with Fennel and Grapes – page 100
    5. Macadamia and Coconut Macaroons – page 312

  17. that sounds like a lot of fun:).. wish i live closer to join this amaizing club. Gret post on the breakfast squares.. looks so good.

  18. 21
    Janna M

    What a fantastic idea!
    I’m green with envy.

  19. 22
    Myra Goodman

    I want to express my appreciation to you and Linsey for getting this cookbook club going and using my book to start you off (and thanks to Darryle Pollack for introducing us!)
    It has been truly wonderful reading all the blogs this week. Such interesting, articulate and brilliant ladies! I’m so happy people are liking the recipes and eco tips.
    I hope your cookbook club continues to be great fun and you all keep on enjoying my book.
    Thank you!!

  20. 23
    Michele Wang

    What a wonderful event! I can’t wait to attend the next one. Thanks for sharing the recipes…..I’ll be trying many of them.

  21. What a brilliant and fun idea.

    If you are looking for another book for your potluck evenings and reviews, I will glady donate copies of my book for your Cookbook Club.

    I am currently living in Mauritius and would therefore suggest sending you a pdf version, which I am in the process of updating.

    You can also get a good idea of my book by visiting my blog at

    With thanks and sunny regards,
    🙂 Mandy

  22. 25

    What an awesome idea! I’m going to try and do something similar in Vancouver and Stockholm (my two homes). I can never get through a book in time for a book club, but a cookbook club I could get on board with! Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. 26

    I love this idea!!

  24. 27

    This is amazing!! When can I come to a meeting 😉

  25. Jane,
    I’m a huge fan of book clubs and love, love, love your idea to do cookbook pot luck dinners. What a great way to get non-blogging friends into cooking and reading cookbooks, and what a great excuse to get together for lunch or dinner!

    I loved Myra’s book. So nice to not only get inspired to cook, but also learn some easy to implement tips on living a greener life.


  26. 29

    I want to join the cookbook book club! The meeting was so yummy and I really enjoyed meeting everyone too. Thanks so much!

  27. 30
    Erika B.

    I loved the potluck! Everything was so beautiful and tasty. It was fun to be in a room full of foodies. I appreciated trying so many new dishes at once and will be cooking lots of them soon. Thanks again for including me!

  28. What a fab idea! I love it. Can’t wait to rally the girls and get on it. Better than knitting night even!

  29. 32

    I’m so glad I got to come to such a fun night of cooking, eating, and sharing. I’m always looking for great ways to eat healthy, feel-good foods, and everything that night was so good I’m either going to need to borrow the cookbook from someone or just give in and get my own copy! Thanks for letting me join the fun!

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    Nikki CB

    This was such a great evening! The food was incredibly tasty, the company was great, and it was just all around so fun. Thanks Jane and Linsey! Can’t wait for the next one!

  31. 34

    This is really great because I get ho hum about cooking the same dishes over and over and over! Going to the farmers market is inspirational and this idea just helps put together a great new meal for din, what about lunch?

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