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Jan 27

The Borden Big List | Cookbooks | EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL | Cookbooks

Each of these is more than just your average cookbook. They’re the best place to begin for great information and delicious recipes to encourage a healthier way of life.

CLEAN FOOD: A SEASONAL GUIDE TO EATING CLOSE TO THE SOURCE by Terry Walters You know when you read a good book and you find yourself nodding perpetually? Or is that just me? This book is beautiful, extremely well written, and the recipes are easy to follow and use delicious ingredients (also very simple)!

RAW, QUICK, AND DELICIOUS!: 5-INGREDIENT RECIPES IN JUST 15 MINUTES by Doug McNish 175 quick, easy, and creative raw recipes that can be prepared and on the table in 15 minutes or less. Doug’s delicious recipes are perfect for anyone new to raw food and raw food enthusiasts alike.

VEGAN EVERYDAY: by Doug McNish Whether you are vegan, or you just want to incorporate more delicious, plant-based meals into your life and kitchen, award-winning vegan Chef Doug McNish has packed 500 (yes, 500!) recipes in this cookbook. I love all of the tips and tricks, and alternatives that Doug shares throughout the book – as valuable as the recipes themselves. Vegan Everyday is a resource that every kitchen should have, and that everyone should read.

EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL by Terry Walters In her third cookbook, Terry Walters once again delivers super simple, incredible tasting, plant based recipes that work with the season we’re living in. As well, as with all of her books, she gives us approachable, healthful, and nutritious information that satisfies our craving for easy, real, clean food.

CHEZ PANISSE VEGETABLES by Alice Waters Cooks, gardeners, vegetarians and everyone who appreciates good food will love this resource. Arranged alphabetically by vegetable, and filled with colourful images (everything is better with beautiful pictures!), Chez Panisse Vegetables makes it easy for a cook to find a tempting recipe for whatever he or she has brought home from the market.

EAT RAW, EAT WELL by Doug McNish We can’t imagine a healthier (un)cookbook by a better chef (and person). A delicious raw meal is easier to prepare than you think. With 400 raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipes, healthy food has never been so inspired and tasteful!

OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK by Angela Liddon Whether you are vegan, vegan-curious, or you simply want to eat delicious food that just happens to be healthy, this cookbook is a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow. Easy recipes that work, and the entire family will love – including guests that don’t typically eat plant-based, healthful meals.

THUG KITCHEN: EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A F*CK by Matt Holloway + Michelle Davis  Thug Kitchen inspires people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. This cookbook is about as entertaining as it is inspiring and informative. My kids have never been more excited by a cookbook (you can judge my parenting anytime!), but if you don’t want your kids reading about how to “stir sh*t up” and to not “give a f*uck” along with prepping cauliflower and make gluten-free pancakes, skip this one! I think it’s also a great gift for kids off to college – it’s written to appeal to many!

EATERNITY by Jason Wrobel We’re loving cooking our way through this fun, accessible cookbook (it comes with a nutritional guide and teaches readers the principles of plant-based holistic nutrition). Ever want to learn which of the foods you eat contain active ingredients that support your health? Wrobel is a vegan chef and wellness expert with answers to all your questions.

Dec 22

The Gift of Time

This was supposed to be about the heartwarming day I watched my daughter teach my niece how to make challah. But last week, as I was in my car listening to the radio, an old Jim Croce song came on that got me thinking. And when I sat down to write, I realized that some things are more important even than challah.

Every holiday, I try to think of what would make the perfect gift for each person on my list. Often there are homemade gifts (vanilla extract, mason jars of homemade granola, dehydrated herbs from my garden, and this year a bottle of dried astragalus root for my mom – shhh….). But as I think about the gifts I gave and received this past year, what I remember more than anything else is the time – the time shared gathered around the dining room table celebrating birthdays, the time in the kitchen kneading sourdough with friends, the cheering on the sidelines, the clapping in the audience, the hikes, the skiing, the laughter, and even the crying. Time is the gift that leaves the biggest imprint on my heart. Time is the gift I want to figure out how to package this year and give to everyone I love.

So thank you Jim Croce for reminding me. Because as a child, I knew all the lyrics and sang about time in a bottle without giving it another thought. But today, when I realized what I wanted to give to those I love this holiday season and always, I was reminded that I had been singing it all along.


If I could save time in a bottle

The first thing that I’d like to do

Is to save every day

‘Til eternity passes away

Just to spend them with you


If I could make days last forever

If words could make wishes come true

I’d save every day like a treasure and then,

Again, I would spend them with you



SPRING reunion with college friends; SUMMER backpacking with my family; FALL celebrating Sarah’s birthday; WINTER and first snow with Sydney.


These are among my most treasured gifts of 2016, and it’s the promise of more time shared and more memories created in the year ahead that I already cherish.


If I had a box just for wishes

And dreams that had never come true

The box would be empty

Except for the memory

Of how they were answered by you.


With thanks to all for helping to make clean food memories together.

Terry Walters


Dec 16

Healing Meals Community Project

When I self-published CLEAN FOOD, it was thrilling to discover how far it was travelling. I received emails from all over the country and world. Every email touched my heart and inspired me even more to continue writing and sharing my clean food recipes and journey. But one email in particular stands out even to this day. It arrived on January 8, 2008. Here is the heart of that email:


I was just in Connecticut over the holidays visiting family and my sister, Sarah Leathers,
gave me and my sister-in-law copies of your wonderful new book…. I am the founder of
The Ceres Community Project out here on the West Coast. Since we launched in March of
last year, we’ve provided 4,200 meals to 28 local families — all at no cost to them.

Many of our clients are vegan and, despite having cooked professionally for 15 years and
having been a vegetarian and/or vegan for most of the past 35 years, I still appreciate
new inspiration!

Blessings to you,
Cathryn Couch
Founder, The Ceres Community Project


Years later, I visited the Ceres Community Project in California, taught a community cooking class for them, signed books, and was inspired by their work and intentions – supporting those in need and helping their community heal.

Today, I am thrilled to complete the circle by sharing with you the Healing Meals Community Project. A sister organization of Ceres Community Project in two ways – first as a Ceres affiliate partner, and second as founder Sarah Leathers is the sister who gifted my books in the letter above!

Based in central Connecticut, Healing Meals started in March with a handful of volunteers working out of commercial kitchen space generously donated by Kim and Scott Morrison, owners of our beloved local New England Pasta Company.

And today, not even a year later, Healing Meals Community Project has served:

• 5,000+ meals
• 92 people
• 36 families
• 15 towns in Connecticut

They have trained more than 65 youth volunteers in cooking, nutrition and leadership, and have been supported by more than 70 adult volunteers who have served as mentors, Delivery Angels, administrative support, gardeners and more.



Clockwise from top left – Terry with Kim Morrison of New England Pasta Co., prepared meals, student volunteers, adult mentors, immune boosting broth.


Nearly ten years after receiving that first letter from Cathryn Couch, I received these words in an email from her sister just weeks ago:

This has truly been a dream come true for me and I cannot thank you enough for
giving me the push to take that step and just start. I know this is what I am supposed
to be doing and I have never looked back.”

Sarah Leathers
Founder, Healing Meals Community Project


What a thrill it has been to see this organization take off, and what an honor to part of this healing community. If you would like to join me in supporting Healing Meals Community Project this holiday season, please visit their website here. Donations in an amount help individuals and families in need to…

Eat clean and live well.

Terry Walters