Based on Sunset magazine’s award-winning One-Block Diet blog, this ultimate guide to eating local explains how to raise and produce everything you need for completely made-from-scratch meals, all from your own backyard. Includes seasonal garden plans, menus, 100 recipes, and 15 projects such as installing bee hives, pressing olives for oil, brewing beer, making your own cheese, and raising chickens.
Inspired by the locavore movement and Sunset’s dedication to covering trends in cooking and gardening, food editor Margo True led a year-long staff effort to create seasonal feasts using only what could be grown or raised in a backyard-size plot at Sunset’s office. Over the course of the ambitious project, the group shared their triumphs and often humorous setbacks on their James Beard Award-winning blog. Sunset’s One-Block Feast chronicles the project’s first year, and includes a bounty of new information, insights, cautionary tales, and fresh recipes to create a unique blend of backyard farming guide and engaging cookbook. Chapters are organized by season, each featuring detailed coast-to-coast planting and harvesting plans, an account of how that season’s projects played out for the Sunset team, and a multicourse dinner menu composed of imaginative, appealing, and ultra-resourceful recipes made from home-grown ingredients, such as Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Chard and Sage Brown Butter, and Whole Wheat Pizzas with Roasted Vegetables and Homemade Cheeses. This generously illustrated, easy-to-follow modern homesteading manual will delight readers nationwide who want to get closer to their food.