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Five sustainable cookbooks

Five Sustainable Cookbooks: Sustainability starts in your own kitchen. We introduce you to our favorite cookbooks.

1. Your kitchen can be sustainable!
by Verena Hirsch

Verena Hirsch is not only a very successful blogger (allmydeer), but also a food activist and nutritionist. She grew up on a farm in Bavaria, lived in big cities and now enjoys a bit of both environments in Regensburg. She likes nothing better than wrinkly, aromatic Boskop apples, like the ones she used to eat at her grandma's. And she regularly posts delicious seasonal recipes with regional ingredients and reveals her tricks for getting the most out of leftovers. Her new cookbook provides concentrated knowledge about sustainable and healthy nutrition. There are also practical tips with simple routines, smart shopping lists, structured storage and lots of good ideas for “refreshing” food. With over eighty zero-waste recipes, such as the creamy pasta sauce or the Spread made from radish leaves, a small bible for real change in your own kitchen.

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Your kitchen can be sustainable

2. Zero waste kitchen
by Sophia Hoffmann

We, at Good Travel, have long been avowed fans of Sophia Hoffmanns Cookbooks and her Berlin restaurant called “Happa”. Here she manages to save food – together with the guests, so to speak – because, among other things, she sources the vegetables from Querfeld. She also only uses fair trade organic products from sustainable companies. Anyone who wants to cook their delicious dishes at home and would like to find out what other delicious things can be conjured up from parsley stalks, stale bread or carrot greens, for example. For example, old chocolate Easter bunnies become a cake and old bread becomes hearty bread pieces.

Over forty percent of food waste in Germany occurs in private households, so avoiding it is a real lever for active climate protection. Because everything that is produced and not eaten has unnecessarily wasted resources such as water and energy. Here it really depends on each individual. In addition to recipes, the book also offers facts about the best-before date, tips on how to properly store food and clever shopping tips.

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zero waste kitchen

3. My sustainable kitchen – on a budget
by Alexandra Achenbach

Alexandra Achenbach, the sustainability expert at Bayerischer Rundfunk and a doctor of biology, knows how to cook sustainably at low cost. Her tricks include shopping consciously, doing a lot of things yourself, cooking seasonally, using up leftovers and using energy wisely. This way you can actually save a lot of money and protect the environment at the same time. Your book is full of good ideas about green cooking. For the author, this also includes self-crocheted cleaning rags, DIY instructions for limescale removers, re-grow instructions (with a little patience, new plants can grow from leftover vegetables) and a worm composter. Here you can really learn a lot of new things and become active yourself.

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My sustainable kitchen

4. Recipes Welcome – favorite dishes of refugees
from the club of the same name

In this cookbook you will find sixty delicious dishes from over fourteen countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Congo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Chechnya and Ukraine. Because in 2015 no publisher was initially interested in such a cookbook Kathy, Anna and Nora In short, the book was financed via crowdfunding. Over 700 people supported the project and the result is a beautiful book in which each cook is personally portrayed and presents their favorite menu from their homeland to recreate. This is how you get to know the country and its people - cooking and eating simply connects people all over the world. Amal from Somalia, for example, reveals her recipe for the country's typical flatbread and, in fact, the first thing people do all over the world is fry the onions. So kitchens around the world aren't that different and you'll certainly discover even more similarities when reading. By the way, all income that exceeds the production costs of the cookbook goes to the Recibes Welcome eV association. 

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5. Breadsong – baking for the soul
by Kitty and Al Tait

For Al and his teenage daughter Kitty from Oxfordshire, England, baking has changed her life. Kitty suffered from depression from an early age and nothing seemed to help her. When she was feeling so bad that she could no longer leave the house, her father and she started baking. This new hobby quickly became a kind of passion that helped Kitty overcome her exhaustion. 

Together, father and daughter opened a shop called “Orange Bakery” and began selling their sourdough breads, cinnamon rolls, cheese strudels and delicious vegan chocolate-banana cookies there. To do this, Al first had to complete an apprenticeship as a baker. The passion for baking not only helped father and daughter overcome their own problems, but they were also able to bring lasting joy to other people with their great products and draw attention to an important issue. 

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Here you will find a selection of recipes from our hosts' kitchens


Geraldine works as a freelance writer for Good Travel and has just completed training as a sustainability manager. After twenty exciting years in film, she now devotes herself full-time to her other passions - travel, food and design.


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