What if there was a year-round method of cooking that was low cost, powered by sunlight, non-polluting, and easy to do even in college dorms, apartment balconies and off-the-grid locations?
There is: solar cooking. Permaculture author and teacher Lisa Rayner has written “The Sunny Side of Cooking: Solar cooking and other ecologically friendly cooking methods for the 21st century” as a practical, easy-to-follow guide for beginning and experienced solar cooks.
At the dawn of the 21st century, the need for sustainable cooking solutions is great. We need practical solutions to multiple global problems, including fossil fuel-caused climate change, the end of cheap oil, and deforestation. Whether you spend a couple of hours building a simple solar cooker out of cardboard and foil, or buy a sturdy commercial model, it is possible to do everything from simmering to blanching, poaching, steaming, sautéing, braising, baking, roasting, toasting, pan frying, grilling, food canning, medical sterilization, and even making ice (at night!).
The Sunny Side of Cooking includes tips on:
- How to choose the right solar cooker for you
- More than 100 vegetarian solar recipes and cooking tips
- How to adapt your favorite recipes to a solar cooker
- How to create a year-round sustainable cooking system that combines solar cookers with other sustainable cooking methods, including fireless cookers, pressure cookers, and biomass-fueled stoves and earth ovens.
Solar cooking pioneer Barbara Prosser Kerr says, “Beautifully detailed and informative. I highly recommend it both for beginners and experienced solar cooks who may pick up some useful variations and additional uses. Her recipes make one’s mouth water just reading them!” Lisa Rayner lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. She began her adventures as a solar cook 12 years ago. She is the author of the book “Growing food in the Southwest Mountains: A permaculture approach to home gardening above 6,500 feet in Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Southern Utah. She is currently working on several cookbooks with bioregional and renewable energy themes. The Sunny Side of Cooking ISBN 978-0-9800608-0-5 128 pp., comb bound, color cover, black and white interior illustrations $14.95 + $3 shipping. Contact me for wholesale prices Order online or pay by check Lifeweaver LLC P.O. Box 22324, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 928-774-5942 e-mail: [email protected] URL: www.LisaRayner.com