Book Giveaway: The Nourished Kitchen

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this lovely for one of our lucky subscribers!

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy*, and Kombuchas

This cookbook from Jennifer McGruther, author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, features over 160 recipes .  The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense, real food, and values quality, environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products that are the norm on grocery store shelves.

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3.  What was the first food you remember picking and eating straight from the garden?  How old were you? My dad grew oodles of tomatoes but my picky-eater self would never try one. As an adult when I first grew raspberries in my yard – shazaam! Can’t buy that flavor at the store. Okay.  YOUR TURN.   Type your answer as a comment to this post.

4. Contest ends at 5 pm on November 22 . PLEASE check your email on November 21. The junk mail folder and everything.  We’ve been having some trouble with lost emails to winners. The winners will be chosen by If you don’t respond to your “winner” email within 48 hours, we will choose a new winner (tough love…).

*from Cynthia: I am a big fan of most traditional foods, but please be careful about consuming raw milk. Read up on the pros and cons.

99 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Nourished Kitchen

  1. My young neighborhood friends would sleep over night at my house, in the back yard, in a tent. When we woke up the next morning, we dined on raspberries that were growing just outside the tent. My mom must have wondered why her plants didn’t produce very many berries that summer!

  2. I remember as a very young child picking carrots from my neighbors garden, washing them under the hose and eating them right there. They were delicious. I loved them.

    1. It was either pea pods or raspberries or both when visiting my grandparent’s house when I was in grade school. Nothing better than fresh!!!

  3. We had a pear apple tree growing up and I remember going out with my dad when I was 5 to help pick them. I tried my first pear apple then and loved it!

  4. My mom used to grow rows and rows of peas. I remember raiding her garden when the pods where plump. Nothing like popping one open and raking the peas with your teeth into my mouth. I still like doing that in my own garden.

  5. When I was three or four, when we lived in Ann Arbor, MI…my dad had some tomato plants, but I mostly remember my mom growing raspberries, our picking and eating them…and eventually some of them becoming my (still) favorite jam.

  6. Plums from my backyard. I’d been eating them for years but my first memory is at 4 when I plucked one off a low branch. I cried when the tree died and my parents had it removed. I’ve never tasted plums so delicious since.

  7. My young neighborhood friends would sleep over night at my house, in the back yard, in a tent. When we woke up the next morning, we dined on raspberries that were growing just outside the tent. My mom must have wondered why her plants didn’t produce very many berries that summer!

  8. I was about 6, we grew potatoes, lettuce and carrots. I remember the corn, huge corn stalks then learning to husk it. Seemed like a lot of work. Then we cooked it, on the BBQ grill was the best, slide on some butter and a little salt… It was so good. They don’t have that flavor at the store either!

  9. As a kid, I remember pulling a carrot out of the garden soil and wiping off the dirt. It tasted better than any carrot I’d ever eaten. It was so sweet! I loved the lacy green top but the taste of that carrot couldn’t be beat!

  10. I remember eating many freshly picked foods out of my grandpa’s garden. Green beans were a favorite, as kids we lived picking the sticky leaves as well and sticking them to each other’s shirts.

  11. Ohhhh my goodness, I sooooo remember. I was 4 years old. I climbed up onto our very large kitchen table and grabbed the salt shaker. Then I proceeded to go out to the garden where I ate green unripened tomato after tomato. My mom was horrified, that most of her tomatoes were gone…then I was very ill. To this day I still love tomatoes!

  12. Red haws, a dark, red fruit from the hawthorn tree! My father lifted me onto his shoulders so that I could pick the tiny red haws. One for me, one for him, and so on, always heeding his caution to beware of the sharp spikes. My 4-year old fingers fit between those thorn without injury far more easily than his adult hands.

    I was born and raised in Seattle (now living in Vermont). Rainier Cherries are my favorite but lovely red cherries are not far behind.
    I miss the northwest….
    Love your blog and Cookus episodes.

  14. My parents started our backyard garden when I about six years old, and I remember so clearly the joy of pulling tender young carrots and eating them up. I guess I must have washed them….

  15. Mint leaves. My parents took a crack at gardening, but with five kids, chickens, ponies, jobs, and all the rest of it the garden was kind of left to itself. The mint thrived! We liked to go pretend we were settlers living off the fat of the land with our mint leaves and mud pies. Mmmmm.

  16. We had a vegetable patch behind the house when I grew up. My favorite thing to harvest were the summer berries… strawberries, gooseberries and currents. We challenged each other to harvest rhubarb and eat it raw… great memories!

  17. I picked and ate strawberries fresh from our large garden….in those days, (the 60’s)….
    strawberries were smaller, and oh so juicy and tasty!

  18. I picked gooseberries with my dad in our back yard. I thought they were quite exotic and wanted to make a pie,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I don’t think anyone ate it!

  19. My dad always grew tomatoes….I would sit in the garden and eat tomatoes and look for those great big red horned tomato worms!

  20. I remember spending the weekend with a friend who had a peach orchard and an asparagus garden. We ate the peaches fresh, dried, as jelly, and in pie. The asparagus we ate both fresh and steamed. Funny now, I remember eating nothing else that weekend!

  21. When I was really little my grandma would send me and my cousin with a raw hamburger ball to go find/feed the tortoise that lived in the narrow pathway on the side of the house. It was the desert, but that side of the house was shady and a dark green ivy crawled up the bricks. Somewhere in that ivy was a small kumquat tree- I could never figure out where it came from- all mixed in with the vines. The sour-sweet bright pop of these little fruits, peel and all, will always taste like childhood.

  22. Growing up our garden was simply a part of life so I can’t place an age, but one item that stands out in my memory is enjoying kohlrabi right in the garden, pulling the skin off with my teeth. A second memory equally strong is Grandma allowing us a small bowl of sugar to take out to the rhubarb patch. We never washed the dirt off, probably just wiped it with our dirty hands.

  23. I grew up on my grandparent’s farm so I really appreciate home grown food. I always loved helping in the garden and would pick strawberries. My first garden treat was probably at 4 or 5 and a strawberry!

  24. i remember when i was about 12 or so my parents friends owned an orchard a few diff trees lemons , apples , apercots i remember picking the apercots and then laying them out on the tables cutting them in half and putting on trays to go into the hydrater and going out with my dad to the honeybees to help smoke them to get the honey the tast of fresh honey yum great memories

  25. I grew up in a big family, and we always had a garden. I loved eating the tomatoes right off the vine, while they were still warm from the sun! I also loved picking the green beans and helping my mom blanch and freeze them during the summer.

  26. When I was a pre-tween I went to a summer day camp which was located next to a potato farm. One day some of my friends and I liberated a couple potatoes straight out of the ground, washed off the dirt, and ate them right there. They were so fresh and delicious.

  27. My dad grew an abundance of strawberries every year. I was 7 when he started his garden, and I ate and picked so many strawberries I got sick of them before their season was over.

  28. We had a ton of fruit trees in our backyard. They were mostly stone fruit and I remember in the summers heading out and just picking a plum if I was hungry.

  29. I don’t remember how old I was when I had my first bite. The house I grew up, in the first nine years of my life had a huge plumb tree with small round very sweet plumbs. When they started falling, we started eating!

  30. Raspberries! Our neighbors across the street would go on vacation every year for a month in the summer. This usually corresponded with their raspberry bushes ripening, and they told my sister and I to enjoy the bounty. I loved hunting through those bushes for treats, and planted my own canes when I bought my first house. Thanks for the chance – I love Nourished Kitchen.

  31. My parents grew lots of fruits in their garden, strawberries, apples, pears, gooseberries, raspberries and cherries. As a child I would pick and eat them all. But the tasiest were te few blackberries growing from the wild blackberry bush my dad couldn’t get rid of. The apples and the pears are still there. It’s lovely to see my son and his nephews picking and eating fruit like me and my sister used to do.

  32. Strawberries! We would always grow tons during the summer and eat them with everything. But the best was fresh right out of the ground.

  33. I had to be about 5 or 6. We were visiting my Grandparents farms and everything was fair game. Strawberries. Beans. Cabbage. Corn just pulled off the stalk. Honeysuckle blooms. Store bought stuff could never compare.

  34. My neighbors had a garden when I was around 8 years old. They had sugar snap peas and I remember how amazing the sweet crisp taste was to this day.

  35. My grandmother had an apple tree and they were definitely a favorite. We also had a small strawberry plant, and they were so good!

  36. My grandfather had a garden…my earliest memories include raspberries. He grew red, black and the yellow ones. We would just stand in the garden and eat them off the plant.

  37. From the age of 6 we always had a garden. The produce that I remember eating first was potatoes. The great taste of new potatoes after you dug them fresh.

  38. One of my earliest memories is picking and shelling green peas… the first item ready to pick in the spring garden. Of course I ate more than went into the pot!

  39. Apples! I hated picking them up (wormy), but loved eating them. Those and parsley. Mom always had a big pot of parsley that I’d graze.

  40. I was probably around 3 years old and I remember my mom taking a bite out of a tomato she had just picked – it looked so good, I picked my own and took a bite of the sunshine warm delicious tomato. Absolutely the best way to eat tomatoes!

  41. I’m a California girl – fresh tangerines right off the tree and into the mouth – or into a lunch box. Probably 8 years old.

  42. I was about 8 when we visited my great Aunt Philomena in Brooklyn who brought me to her front yard to show me her fig tree. She let me pick the ripe fig she pointed to. When I bit into it it was as beautiful looking inside as it was delicious.

  43. When I was 6 or 7, I remember eating a carrot from the garden. My mom and I were so excited that we grew it, since we only had luck with zucchini prior to that.

  44. My dad had two big garden beds when we were growing up. Sometimes we’d go dig up a turnip, wash it in the rain barrel and eat it like an apple. (so sanitary!) I remember it tasting really good, but now I cannot stand turnips! Funny how your taste buds change. I love brussel sprouts now, but wouldn’t touch one as a kid- mostly thanks to Leave it to Beaver, you know what I’m talking about Jerry Mathers!

  45. I don’t remember what my first food out of the garden may have been. One set of great grandparents had a farm and great grandpa (very Italian) had turned his suburban backyard into a garden with a table and chairs in the middle to play cards, drink wine, and tell stories. I do remember loving the figs from his tree and the tomatoes from the garden. His friends had grapes growing over the arbor they had over their driveway and they would give me grapes from the vines.

  46. When I was young – probably 5 or 6, I discovered that snap peas right off the vine were delicious, and it was so fun and satisfying to snap the end and crunch away. Still love that!

  47. When I was about 9 my family all went up to my parent’s home state of West Virginia. One day I had walked from my aunt’s house the short distance to town, and on the way back I spied a cherry tree loaded with fruit in a lady’s front yard. I actually hopped her fence to get to that tree, but only took one cherry. That was the finest thing I had ever eaten, all the better because it was “stolen”! (Somehow, I don’t think she would have been too upset.)

  48. My grandfather was a orange rancher. I remember him bringing in the most delicious, cool and crisp orange right off the tree on Christmas morning. Best orange I have ever had.

  49. My grandma grew raspberry bushes right next to her rose garden. When ever I smell roses now I crave raspberries. They were the best!!

  50. I know we had a garden – I remember complaining about hoeing!
    I don’t remember eating anything straight from it.
    HOWEVER. We did go blueberry picking every year just down the road at a pick-your-own orchard. I think we ate at least as much as we picked. Mom would fill her bucket twice before we even filled ours once… blue fingers, blue lips, blue tongue. lol. Love blueberries!

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    btw. I grew up on raw milk. no problems. my brother still drinks it on the farm. would love to find access to it where I live now.

  51. When I was about 14 my mom cut holes all around a huge wine barrel and planted it with strawberry starts. If I close my eyes, I can visualize those juicy berries cascading down the sides of the barrel and running along the garden path. The berries of my youth are still the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever eaten.

  52. Blackberries! They were the size of my thumb and wonderfully sweet! Mom made pies and jam…if there were any left after she sent us out to pick them. I was maybe 8 or 9 years old. I still love blackberries and when they are in season, they are used generously on Ben’s Friday Pancakes…our family favorite!

  53. Almonds and limes! –7 years old! –Not actually a garden..but at my home in Mx ..our front yard was a patio…we had banana, almond, lime and mango trees…thank you for calling out this lovely memory..

  54. Blueberries warmed by the sun on my grandparents blueberry farm! Grew up picking buckets every summer. You really can’t beat a big fat, sweet blueberry!

  55. Fresh peaches from a tree planted in the backyard. Yummy–they don’t make them like that anymore! I might have been in kindergarten when we started harvesting fruit.

  56. I am not on facebook otherwise I would Like you in a heartbeat. I hope this does not disqualify me.

    My granny made the best raspberry jam in the world and so I remember picking raspberries from her bushes. yum yum yum…

  57. We lived in semi-rural San Diego county when I was a child in the ’70s, and my mom had a huge hillside vegetable garden. I remember being about seven years old and loving to eat raw chard by just pinching pieces off the leaves where they grew. That must’ve driven my mom crazy! I also remember standing at the fence that she grew sugar peas on, and eating those at the same age.

  58. I remember picking juicy tomatoes that dripped down my chin at age 7, and laying on the ground looking for and picking blueberries in northern Michigan during the summer.

  59. When I was four, there was a wheat field behind our house. My friends and I would pick out the grains and eat the wheat. From the garden, it was always cherry tomatoes and peas, which I’m sure tasted much better!

  60. That would have to be crab apples, when I was about 7 and growing up in Pennsylvania. I loved climbing trees and the apples were a splendid bonus. Don’t think I ever did, however, connect the invariable resultant belly aches with apple over-consumption.

  61. I remember eating lots of pomegranates at 3 – we had them growing in our yard in Kabul (and we even had servents to pull out all the little fruits!). When we came back to the states that year (I grew up in ann Arbor, MI) I remember from then on the raspberries and tomatoes from my dad’s garden! Raspberry jam is still my favorite. I have tomato growing down pretty well but I’m still learning to grow the raspberries. . .

  62. My pepaw’s “icebox” watermelons – just the right size to put in an ice chest, fill the rest of the space with ice to chill it down (this was in Louisiana) then share with my cousins and aunts and uncles after a big fish fry (catfish and trout my uncles and pepaw caught that day). They were doing that from way before I was born so it’s one of my earliest memories. 🙂

  63. Purple grapes that grew along the fence in our yard. I was in grade school. My mother made delicious jam that made the tedious picking worth while!

  64. That’s tough. My dad always gardened so I was lucky. The summer veggies were always fresh garden picked so don’t remember what was first. Just that it was delicious. I was probably 5 or 6.

  65. Morton’s salt sat on the stump in the garden so that when you picked the tomato off the vine, you could eat it with salt sprinkled on it without even going into the house.

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