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Sus·tain·able \sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl\

a. of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.

b. of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.

Here is the second installment of Sustainable YOU!! To catch up read my first post on the series: Sustainable YOU.

Buy A Cookbook

Speed and convenience are the top two (along with affordability) main factors that contribute to the food choices we make. You don’t need to read the headlines to know that Americans are spending fewer hours preparing and enjoying their meals. There is no simple solution, this one is going to take some effort, and it all revolves around spending more time in the kitchen. A great way to motivate yourself is to have a reason to cook. Sure, you can find a multitude of new recipes online, but nothing compares to the experience of owning a crisp new cookbook. Or the satisfying feeling you get closing the pages, having just mastered a new recipe.

Shopping for a cookbook can be daunting, there are so many different categories and topics to choose from! A tactic that I find useful is to simply paint a picture of what you want your table to look like. How does it reflect your culinary sensibilities? You’ll see that the cookbooks you select truly say something about your personality!

Some are super text-laden, and visually minimalist. These guys are a little intimidating and it wasn’t until I became a more confident cook that I branched out. When I first started cooking on my own, I truly enjoyed the gratification that came with mirroring my culinary outcome with the picture in the book. Start wherever you feel the most comfortable.

Sometimes, you might find inspiration in learning about the cuisine of a particular country or region. My people hail from various points on the Mediterranean, mainly Italy and Greece, hence my insatiable obsession with collecting cookbooks from that realm. I own seven books on Greek cooking alone!!

Or you may be interested in learning more about a specific food, for example beans or quinoa. There are books dedicated just to that cause! These are great when you’re trying to implement a new ingredient to your diet.

Whatever it is that peaks your curiosity, there is a book out there ready to indulge it. So, go out there, fulfill your inspirations, and share the epicurean results with family and friends.

What will be your next culinary adventure?? Any cookbooks you can’t wait to bite into??