Book Review: The Go Green East Harlem Cookbook

The Go Green East Harlem Cookbook

Edited by: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

The Go Green East Harlem Cookbook features recipes from members of the East Harlem community.

The cookbook, edited by Manhattan borough President Scott Stringer, was developed as part of the "Go Green" initiative to improve environmental conditions in the neighborhood. As part of the effort, more farmers markets are planned for East Harlem this summer to improve the community's food choices.

The stunningly designed book features recipes and articles from more than 40 members of the East Harlem community, including restaurant chefs and owners, local residents, leaders of community organizations and many others.

It is actually two cookbooks in one, because all of the recipes and healthy eating tips are provided in English and Spanish. Tips include strategies for preparing your kitchen to cook healthy foods, ways to choose healthy options when eating out, and guidelines from a local physician for improving health.

Recipes are categorized by: appetizers and sides, soups and salads, entrees, and desserts. There is also a useful guide to help users know if the dish falls into one of the following healthy categories: dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian or whole grains

A highlight of the book is its vibrant color photos, which make it seem more like a piece of art than a kitchen tool. Images of the colorful healthy food will make your mouth water. There are also compelling photos of community members highlighting the strength and diversity of this vibrant community. Students from the International School of Photographer offered their expertise for this project. Their work makes this cookbook enjoyable to flip through, as well as a useful tool for preparing healthy food.

Price: $17.95

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