Inspiration for Eating

The end of summer is Harvest Season!

Here at Big Green, we love this season as gardens and farms often have an abundance of food, especially some of our favorites like corn, squashes, peppers, and tomatoes. Below is a list of cookbooks, videos, and inspiring resources to help you get excited about cooking with your classroom this fall!

Want Kids to Learn Well? Feed them Well (Sam Kass)

  • What can we expect our kids to learn if they’re hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students’ bodies in addition to their minds.

Garden Gastronomy/Gastronomía del Jardín (City Blossoms)

  • This isn’t an ordinary cookbook… this is a City Blossoms’ cookbook! A book full of love, art, and magical, mouthwatering recipes for your mind, body, and soul. City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces. In our gardens, kids of all ages share their ideas, create art, work in the environment, and make food. This cookbook is a collection of beautiful pictures, beautiful people, and delicious recipes for you, your family, and your friends that are simple and affordable.

    You can use this book to whip up a quick snack, round out a dinner menu, find fun ways to cook with your kiddos, or just be inspired by food. After reading Garden Gastronomy, you will discover that you don’t have to know how to cook fancy-schmancy masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.      –       Saeviona Garrett – City Blossoms Youth Staff

Three Easy Salad Dressing Recipes with Samin Nosrat

  • This two minute video will introduce you to everything you need to know about making a delicious salad dressing. Get inspired through the passion of this talented chef!

In Defense of Food | Michael Pollan’s 7 Words | PBS

  • To escape the harmful health consequences of the Western diet, we can either wait centuries for evolution to adapt our bodies to junk food, or take a much more practical and economical path: change the way we’re eating. Something that’s a lot simpler than we may think. Pollan offers us a simple seven-word guide to healthier eating: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.