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July 7, 2009 by · Comments Off on Reviews, Interviews and More 

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen—the New Green Basics Way

 

Fox News, April 21, 2009

Kate on Fox TV

 

Video of Kate’s interview
on Fox News in Austin Texas

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Kate on The Splendid Table

Listen to Kate Heyhoe’s Interview with Lynne Rossetto Kasper on NPR’s The Spendid Table, August 1, 2009.

The Spendid Table: Complete August 1 radio show listing

 

Recent Reviews

“…when it comes to the green kitchen Kate Heyhoe is really the Green Goddess. A dynamic combination of Michael Pollan, Alton Brown, and Wonder Woman all rolled into one. After finishing this book you will definitely be convinced that you can help save the planet while preparing dinner every night.” —Heather Jones, ProjectFoodie.Com, July 9, 2009.

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“Best of all, it’s so well-written and informative that I can say confidently that it’s one of the few environmental book I’ve ever read that’s actually fun to read.

“Cooking Green’s key gift to readers, however, is its surplus of creative and counterintuitive thinking—and its absolute lack of junk science.

“Cooking Green is the kind of book you’ll want sitting on your shelf as a reliable resource for decades of intelligent kitchen decision-making, and it’s selling at a very reasonable $9.99 at Amazon. Use it to shrink your own carbon cookprint! —Daniel Koontz, Casual Kitchen, July 22, 2009.

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“Ever thought about the ‘cookprint’ of your kitchen’s pots and pans? What about the oven and microwave? A new book gives you the answers.”

Read Kate Heyhoe’s Interview with Leah Koenig on Mother Nature Network, July 15, 2009.

 

Washington Post, A Mighty Appetite, April 22, 2009
Earth Day Food for Thought: Shrinking Your ‘Cookprint’

by Kim O’Donnel

Excerpt:

Cookbook author Kate Heyhoe would like you to put down that organic avocado and chew on this morsel for a moment:

When it comes to being green, what you eat is not enough; how you cook it and what you cook with are equally essential to the green equation.

On the first page of her new book, “Cooking Green,” Heyhoe tells us right up that “appliances account for 30 percent of our household energy use, and the biggest guzzlers are in the kitchen.” (She refers to the oven as the “Humvee of the kitchen.”)

As we talk about reducing our carbon footprint on this Earth Day—and going forward—Heyhoe, who’s based in Austin, Tex., would like us to consider shrinking our “cookprint” as well – the energy it takes to prepare food every day. In the interview notes below, she explain what the heck that newfangled word means and how the electric kettle can be your new best friend.

Read the full interview at Shrinking Your ‘Cookprint’.

 

Consumer Reports 05/15/09
Buzzword: Cookprint

by Daniel DiClerico

What it means.

Cookprint takes the carbon footprint—the amount of greenhouse gas each of us generates through our daily activities—and plants it firmly in the kitchen.

Food writer Kate Heyhoe cooked up cookprint, defined as the energy needed to prepare the food you eat. That energy use encompasses the appliances and techniques used to prepare and store food, though the management of leftovers and food waste also factors in—you lower your cookprint by composting rather than tossing scraps into the trash. Low-cookprint meals should also be heavy on plant-based and locally grown, sustainable foods.

Why the buzz? A few new cookbooks—including Heyhoe’s Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen—the New Green Basics Way; Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle, by Jackie Newgent; and Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, by Mark Bittman—have stirred up interest in eco-conscious cooking.

Besides food enthusiasts, appliance manufacturers are in on the cookprint movement, though it’s worth noting that cooking appliances as a category account for just 3 percent of a home’s energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Whirlpool says that for its induction appliances, “90% of the energy [is] expended into useful heat to reduce utility costs. (With gas ranges up to 60% of the heat is normally wasted through indirect gas combustion.)”

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2009 Green Book Festival Names Winners

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2009) _ The 2009 Green Book Festival has named “Cooking Green” by Kate Heyhoe the top winner in the Cookbooks category.

2009 Green Book Festival

 

Denver Post, April 22, 2009
Green day: Five ways to shrink your “cookprint”

By Tucker Shaw, Food Editor

Excerpt:

We’ve all heard about the toxic emissions spewing from our gas-guzzling automobiles. But according to Kate Heyhoe, author of the new book “Cooking Green”, the average single-family home accounts for twice as much greenhouse gas per year as the average sedan. And the kitchen is a hot zone.

There are hosts of products out there to help you turn your kitchen into an eco-friendly entity: Super-insulated refrigerators, induction cooktops, in-home composters, organic cleaning products.

These are all good ideas — if you have the money to spend on them.

But it doesn’t have to cost you much time or effort — or any money at all — to reduce your cooking footprint (or as Heyhoe calls it, your “cookprint”) and your utility bill.

All it really takes is a little common sense and a touch of elbow grease.

Here are five cheap, easy ways to make your kitchen greener and save cash…

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The Providence Journal, April 22, 2009
Eco-smart tips and recipes help reduce your ‘cookprint’

By Gail Ciampa, Food Editor

Excerpt:

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen the New Green Basics Way (Lifelong Books, $17.95) by Kate Heyhoe is almost two books in one. The first half is devoted to explaining why you need to make a green commitment and then how to reduce your “cookprint.” Don’t you love that word? Let’s use it often…. There are also techniques such as passive blanching (including using the microwave), which make so much sense and are so easy, you won’t believe you ever did things a different way.

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Scientific American, November 5, 2009
Shrink Your “Cookprint”

By Dawn Stover

Many foods don’t need sustained boiling to cook. For example, hard “boiled” eggs can be made by placing the eggs in a covered pot of water, bringing it to a full boil, then turning off the burner. In 20 minutes the eggs will be done. Known as passive cooking, this on-and-off technique not only saves energy but can also help avoid overcooking vegetables such as corn on the cob. For more tips see the new book Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen by Kate Heyhoe (Da Capo Press, 2009), or visit www.newgreenbasics.com.

Read Being Green: 10 Earth-Friendly Habits You Can Adopt

 

Planet Green at Discovery.com, April 21, 2009
Read Cooking Green for Great Info to Green Your Kitchen

Book review of the new book by Kate Heyhoe

By Kelly Rossiter

Excerpt:

I’m always interested in making my kitchen a greener place. Sometimes that takes the form of changing the way I use appliances, like using a crock pot, or experimenting with cooking pasta, or even just buying local produce. But I must confess that I’ve always done it in a rather haphazard rather than systematic way.

After reading through Cooking Green by Kate Heyhoe, I’m looking at my kitchen in a whole new way. She talks about defining your “cookprint” from the garden or farm your food comes from, to the packaging it comes in, to the way you choose to cook it, to how you store the leftovers, all the way down to how you clean up when you are done. She breaks the kitchen down to five zones, cold, (refrigerators and freezers, hot (cooking appliances) , wet (sinks and water heaters), dry (work areas, cupboards and lighting) and outdoors (barbeques and solar cooking). She then goes through each zone and works her way through the most energy efficient ways to use each zone.

This book is filled with common sense information that anyone can use…

Read the full Book review of the new book by Kate Heyhoe.

 

epicurious, April 20, 2009
Eco-Friendly Cookbooks for Earth Day

by Lauren Salkeld

Excerpt:

We all know that buying organic, local, sustainable food can be better for the environment, but a crop of new books is making the case that when it comes to eco-conscious eating, it’s time to do more…

…cookbook author Kate Heyhoe uses a buzzword to express the place where eco-consciousness meets good food. Her new book, Cooking Green, is about reducing your “cookprint,” which is the environmental impact of your cooking and eating, and is affected not only by the food you buy but how you prepare it, how you clean up, how much waste is created, even how you store and use leftovers. With this in mind, Heyhoe starts with the kitchen, covering topics such as making oven cooking more energy-efficient, conserving water, and greener outdoor grilling. She follows this with advice for eco-conscious cooking methods, and then dives into ingredients and preventing waste. The recipe section aims to help you make your favorites (lasagne, roast chicken, cornbread) in “new and greener ways.” Each recipe comes with a “green meter” to highlight the way it saves fuel and water, and how it converts conventional cooking methods to planet-friendly ones. Cooking Green is not exactly light reading, but that’s why I like it. Rather than just tell you what to do, Heyhoe explains why you should do so.

Read the full article at Eco-Friendly Cookbooks for Earth Day

 

NPR Cincinnati Edition, 91.7 WVXU

Interview with Kate Heyhoe
Podcast, April 19, 2009

Field Notes: Biodiversity Project, The Work, Cooking Green, Madisono’s, Focus on Technology Media files

Full podcast

Kate’s interview segment

 

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Cooking Green:
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen
the New Green Basics Way

 

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About Cooking Green

July 29, 2007 by · Comments Off on About Cooking Green 

Cooking Green

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen—the New Green Basics Way (Hundreds of tips and over 50 energy- and time-saving recipes to shrink your “cookprint”) is Kate Heyhoe’s eighth book. Cooking Green is published by Da Capo Books (Perseus Books Group).

To learn more about a key concept in the book, visit Shrinking Your Cookprint.

 

“…when it comes to the green kitchen Kate Heyhoe is really the Green Goddess. A dynamic combination of Michael Pollan, Alton Brown, and Wonder Woman all rolled into one. After finishing this book you will definitely be convinced that you can help save the planet while preparing dinner every night.” —Heather Jones, ProjectFoodie.Com, July 9, 2009.

 
 

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“The foods we eat and the ways we buy, store and prepare them are significant contributors to global warming. This information-packed volume, from cookbook author and newgreenbasics.com founder Heyhoe, provides detailed guidance for those looking to make thelr cooking and eating habits earth-friendlier. Heyhoe has thought long and hard about this topic—she cites myriad inspirations (from environmentalists to food scienists like Harold McGee and The New Basics Cookbook) and compelling statistics (“less than 7 percent of the energy consumed by a gas oven goes to the food”) that led her to develop the concept of a “cookprint” (the foodie version of an environmental footprint) and this guide to shrinking it. The book covers everything from appliances and cookware to shopping, ingredients (including details on the impact of meat and seafood on the planet), cooking techniques and cutting down on waste, and answers the questions that many aspiring eco-friendly types have probably wondered about—like which kind of grill is the greenest.

“At the end there’s also a no-frills recipe section wlth dishes such as ginger chicken and broth, passively poached, shortcut lasagna and true skillet cornbread—all featuring a “Green Meter”—that put into practice what Heyhoe preaches.”

 

Down to Earth books at home in your kitchen

By Janet K. Keeler, St. Petersburg FL Times Lifestyles Editor
April 22, 2009

On Earth Day 1971, a bunch of eighth-grade pals and I snubbed the bus and rode our bikes to school on some pretty busy streets in Santa Clara, Calif. The word “green” was not part of our vocabulary then; still we felt the sentiment keenly. The first Earth Day was 1970 and kicked off the modern environmental movement. • It would be a few months before Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) became our anthem. And maybe a year or two before we started wearing Earth Shoes. • Today, on the 40th Earth Day, I am not sure we are in tons better environmental shape, but we are certainly talking about it a lot. Here are five just-released food books that tell us how easy it is to make our kitchens and menus green.

TITLE: Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen by Kate Heyhoe (Lifelong Books, $17.95)

GENERALLY SPEAKING: Not to get too cute, but this book just may help you reduce your “cookprint.” Heyhoe, founding editor of Globalgourmet.com and Newgreenbasics.com, compares cooking techniques and equipment to help you save energy in the kitchen. For instance, go for small appliances over big (toaster oven vs. oven) when you can. Make sure the dishwasher is full before running. Use cloth and sponges instead of paper towels. I like this book as a wake-up call to the waste that goes on in cooking, and it’s not all about food. Cooking Green isn’t sexy, but what a font of information. Plus, the recipes are sophisticated and with a global favor.

THE VIBE: Your mother was right; turn off lights and don’t let the water run.

HOW GREEN IS IT? Printed on 100 percent “post-consumer waste recycled paper” with vegetable-based inks.

ONE GOOD TIP: A kitchen exhaust fan sucks up grease and fumes, so fewer airborne particles settle on kitchen surfaces. This means less greasy dust and less need for cleaning over time. But don’t run the fan longer than needed, to conserve power.

 

From The Fun Times Guide to Food:

“…Scores of those half-million book titles are about “cooking green”—everything from going organic, to buying from local growers, etc. But most of them don’t actually talk about cooking green. Kate does.”

 

From Booklist (American Library Association, April 15, 2009 Issue):

What does it truly take to cook green? It is more than buying locally grown foodstuffs, explains Heyhoe, though obviously locavores do have a head start on dining sustainably. Cooking green is far more comprehensive than monitoring appliance use; tracking energy output, for sure, is yet another element of eco-friendliness. Add cookware to the mix of determinants, along with type of technique, the table decorations, even the choice of energy-efficient ingredients (like no-cook pasta sauces).

Ever-present sidebars are informative, with data that can potentially impact our ecological decisions: freezer packs save energy, vacuum refrigerator coils often to decrease electricity use, and trading white linens for bare tabletops in a four-restaurant chain amounted to a $100,000 annual savings. Fifty recipes, from meatless moussaka to true skillet cornbread, wrap up her go-green dictate, all belying the myth that good for you isn’t great for the taste buds. This is a very careful, well-explained examination of the cookprint we decide to leave; after all, 12 percent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions are directly tracked to the ways we grow, prepare, and ship foods.

—Barbara Jacobs

 

From GreenLAGirl:

“…This book will really help answer some of the more anal retentive questions that keep eco-foodies up at night: Should I steam or boil? Should I thaw fish fillets out on the counter or in the fridge? What color should my pilot light be? When should I run my dishwasher? All of these questions are tackled in nitty gritty detail in Cooking Green.”

 

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen
the New Green Basics Way

About Kate Heyhoe

July 18, 2007 by · Comments Off on About Kate Heyhoe 

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In 1994, Kate Heyhoe launched the Web’s first food and cooking e-zine, GlobalGourmet.com (The Global Gourmet) http://www.globalgourmet.com where she says, “At Global Gourmet, we bring you the world on a plate.” From 1995 to 2000, Kate and her partner Thomas Way produced two food sites for America Online, where Julia Child and Jacques Pepin each made their online debuts. The award-winning Global Gourmet site sports a coveted pair of “sunglasses” in Yahoo’s recipe site category, and for more than a decade has been deeply linked though all search engines, reaching more than 350,000 unique readers per month.

Recently, she uploaded the entire contents of her first book, Cooking with Kids For Dummies, to her site at CookingWithKids.com. The site is getting rave reviews.

Kate’s books have been praised by Mollie Katzen (who also wrote a foreword), Martin Yan, Mary Sue Milliken, Graham Kerr, James McNair, Michael Chiarello, Marcel Desaulniers, and even AOL’s Steve Case, among others. Her books include:

Great Bar Food at Home (John Wiley & Sons, Oct. 2007)
The Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, April 2007)
A World Atlas of Food (McGraw-Hill, 2006)
Macho Nachos (Clarkson-Potter, 2004)
Harvesting the Dream: The Rags-to-Riches Tale of the Sutter Home Winery (Wiley, 2004)
A Chicken in Every Pot: Global Recipes for the World’s Most Popular Bird (Capital, 2003)
Cooking with Kids For Dummies (IDG Books, 1999)

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen—the New Green Basics Way (Hundreds of tips and over 50 energy- and time-saving recipes to shrink your “cookprint”) is the working title for Kate Heyhoe’s eighth book. Cooking Green was published by Da Capo Books (Perseus Books Group) in 2009.

Kate has appeared in two national television satellite tours, as well as on CBS’ “The Early Show” (Chef on a Shoestring; Super Bowl 2005 segment), and other stations. Hundreds of articles about Kate and/or Global Gourmet have appeared in media as diverse as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Los Angeles Times, Parade, FoodArts; WOR, Bloomberg, and Sony World Wide radio networks. She has written for Better Homes & Gardens, Saveur, Cooking Pleasures, Chile Pepper, Great Chefs, and other magazines.

Kate is a former Production Manager for Warner Bros. and other Hollywood studios, where she balanced the creative, financial, and administrative demands of entertainment media. She speaks frequently at industry conferences, including those of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR), and the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).

Cooking Green: the New Green Basics Cookbook

July 17, 2007 by · 5 Comments 

Who would believe you can cook a perfect rare roast beef, with a to-die-for garlicky browned crust – using just 20 minutes of fuel? Unlike old-fashioned methods (which burn up two hours of gas or electricity), this “blue oven” method saves considerable energy, spews out fewer greenhouse gases, and yields results that look and taste utterly delicious. Unbelievable. Or is it?

Cooking Green

For some time now, my green radar has been telling me that buying organic isn’t enough. I suspected that, as a cook, I could do more to combat climate change. Lots more. The result: A treasury of practices that yield greener results than simply changing light bulbs, but integrate just as easily into daily life. Some methods are old, some new, some I tweaked, and all I refined with good green benefits in mind. Collectively, they’re a whole new approach to cooking the basics. And, they push the concept of “green cooking” far beyond the scope of just local, organic foods.

How you cook is as important as what you cook. Without abandoning your favorite recipes, you can bake, roast, broil, grill, and fry in vastly greener ways, saving fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases, and shrinking your carbon footprint. But “Cooking” has been a seriously under-reported (yet substantial) greenhouse gas creator. In my book, it’s the biggest way for kitchen-conscious consumers to take greener action. Shopping and Cleaning sections tackle the remaining cycle of feeding activities. And these tips don’t just help the planet. Many of my methods save time and money, too, yielding some unexpected side-benefits just for the cook.

So, to get the most bang out of your energy buck, why not start in the kitchen? After all, appliances account for thirty percent of our household energy use, and the biggest guzzlers are in the kitchen. After buying appliances with Energy Star labels, take the next big steps in the ways you use them. How you cook directly relates to more efficient fuel use, and the less fuel used, the fewer greenhouse gases.

Plus, a single family home spews more than twice as many greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere as the standard sedan – mostly from heating and cooling. Cooking can make a noticeable impact on household temperatures and how we adjust our thermostats. Anyone who’s sweltered in a hot kitchen in summer knows the impact cooking has on local warming, not to mention global warming. Likewise, a hot oven in winter can boost the room temperature, giving the household’s central heater a break.

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The message: Without changing your politics, or completely disrupting your routine, you can reduce greenhouse gases simply by rethinking what you must do every day: consume food. (Leave the green remodeling and general lifestyle tips to other books.) And with this book’s eye-opening, green-method recipes and its hundreds of idea-inspiring tips, you’ll be eagerly serving up all your favorite dishes in new and greener ways.

As the average reader will discover, the kitchen is ripe with opportunities for going greener. It’s the place where people can make real choices, and take direct control of their impact – without letting the family feel deprived, hungry, or stressed. In fact, everyone will feel better just knowing they’re helping the planet – and they can do it one bite at a time.

Kate Heyhoe’s Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen—the New Green Basics Way (Hundreds of tips and over 50 energy- and time-saving recipes to shrink your “cookprint”) was published by Da Capo Press, a division of Perseus Book Group.

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen
the New Green Basics Way

 

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