What happens when visionary chefs, passionate about a food system that respects the planet and all life upon it, join forces? You get the Chefs Collaborative story. Formed ahead of its time 20 years ago, this influential nonprofit, with big-name members like Nora Pouillon, Wolfgang Puck, and Alice Waters, uses connection and education to change the way we eat.

What happens when an organization like this pools its culinary talent and smarts? You get an outstanding cookbook like The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook: Local, Sustainable, Delicious Recipes from America’s Great Chefs by Chefs Collaborative and Ellen Jackson (Taunton Press, 2013).

Packed with 115 original recipes from a melting pot of celebrated chefs, this is a cookbook that teaches sustainability and makes you want to cook and eat. While so many green cookbooks browbeat you into a restricted diet, Chefs Collaborative celebrates the bounty of foods that are good for you and for the planet. Begin a meal with Peach and Radish Salad with French Feta and Almonds and end with Vanilla Carrot Cream Tart. Learn how to make Watermelon Rind Pickles and to prepare unusual cuts of meat, as with Beef Shin and Farro Soup.

Sprinkled among the gorgeous full-color photos you’ll find tips and in-depth information on sustainable practices, such as Local or Organic, Cheese Is Seasonal, and Preserving Heritage Grains.

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