I was highly intrigued when I heard The Ecology Center was publishing Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Future. The book documents a year’s worth of the group’s curated farm-to-table dinners designed to emphasize the 10 Principles of a Regenerative Food System:
- Eat fresh and seasonal
- Buy local
- Choose organic
- Respect animals
- Grow your own
- Celebrate diversity
- Promote polycultures
- Nourish all children
- Educate for change
- Celebrate the harvest
Knowing the legendary Alice Waters was involved in this project only piqued my curiosity more. Owner of Chez Panisse in Berkley, Waters is not only a chef and restaurateur, but an activist for creating a sustainable future for food. She has devoted her life to helping us better understand the connection we have to food and our responsibility for the ecosystem that surrounds us.
The Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization, founded by Evan Marks in San Juan Capistrano, California. Marks has devoted his life to sustainable living practices and believes we can create a diverse, safe, and healthy world with clean air, water, and power for ours and future generations. Those involved with the Center believe we should all have access to the tools, knowledge and skills that promote healthy communities and an abundant future for all.
The Center was started in 2008 in the historic, and abandoned, Congdon Farmhouse, which has been transformed into a thriving community organization focused on changing our understanding and behaviors related to food.
Community Table is definitely a cookbook, but it’s so much more. It’s a roadmap for creating a thriving ecological food future, filled with stories, education, and recipes that celebrate the farm-to-table concept and make it a tangible reality.
The book is full of seasonally-inspired recipes with sourcing suggestions and other actionable tips for enjoying delicious food while also respecting our shared ecosystem.
We’re delighted The Ecology Center has given us permission to share four recipes from Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Future.
- Braised Collard Greens
- Cider Braised Pork Belly
- Garlic Goat Cheese Soufflé
- Vietnamese Style Pork Meatballs
Community Table: Recipes for an Ecological Food Future is a visual feast that celebrates our connection to food in a most glorious way.
© Copyright 2018 powerHouse Books. By The Ecology Center. Forward by Alice Waters; Introduction by Evan Marks. Hardcover, 320 pages.