Simply in Season

News and reflections on all that's good about local food
from the co-author of Simply in Season,
a World Community Cookbook in the spirit of More-with-Less

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Call for recipes: Now through Feb. 8, 2009

Plans are underway to produce a slightly expanded edition of Simply in Season, with approximately 16 new recipes.

Those familiar with the initial production of this cookbook know that it was quite an involved process, with 1,600 recipes submitted to the project that were tested by hundreds of volunteer cooks around the world. We are NOT repeating this major process again. However, for a very limited time (now until Feb. 8) SIS friends are warmly invited to submit recipes fitting some specific criteria for possible inclusion in the expanded edition.

The hope is to add recipes for types of dishes or those using ingredients that are currently least present in SIS. For example, the Winter chapter has fewer main dishes than the rest of the chapters, so we’d especially like to add a few great recipes to that section.

Here are recipes we are seeking:

Great ways to use certain foods (especially main dishes):
green tomatoes
Jerusalem artichokes
lima beans

We’d also like to get good, reliable recipes for plum jam and kiwi jam (a low-sugar or honey version would be especially wonderful; and what's an easy way to deal with the plum stones?). Also, does anyone have a really good lettuce soup or celery soup recipe?

Selected recipes will reflect the qualities SIS is known for: using whole ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal fruits/vegetables, mostly simple/easy/practical for everyday use, nutritional, and delicious!

Please do not send a recipe verbatim from another cookbook or source. Recipes that are adapted (at least three changes) are fine.

Send your recipe by Feb. 8 to expansion editors Cathleen Hockman-Wert and Julie Kauffman at Please put the recipe title in the subject line and include your name, city/state/province, and e-mail address with your recipe. We welcome your comments about the recipe: how it was developed, how you use it, why you like it.

Your brief stories and reflections about food and faith, in the spirit of those currently in SIS, are also welcome for possible use in the expanded version.

Thanks for your interest in Simply in Season! We look forward to hearing from you!