Not all cookbooks are CSA-friendly, because often the ingredient list pairs items that aren’t in season at the same time. I learned recently that some CSAs purchase cookbooks in quantity and sell them to their members at a profit. Here’s the Cool Beans spin on that idea: I’ve been collecting gently used copies of several cookbooks I know and trust, ones that have simple, beautiful, fast recipes using seasonal fruits and vegetables. Jodie, who delivers my mail, has been bringing packages all week – this photo is about a third of what’s been ordered. I’ll put one in your bag every other week or so, and you can keep it for a week or two. The only catch is that I hope everyone will recommend the best recipes they come across, so we can all enjoy them!

7 Responses to “Our Cool Beans CSA lending library”

  1. CA Fleming says:

    “Serving Up the Harvest” is a really nice book! Looking forward to seeing it again!

  2. Lisa Jo suhr says:

    What a great idea. Maybe you could put a label inside each cookbook that circulates so that each person using the book could add their name, or a note. I’m glad to be back in the Cool Beans family.

  3. Karen says:

    Simply in season is fabulous – I use it all the time. I just bought a used copy of the farmers market cookbooks which looks really good.

  4. katie says:

    Yes, my own copy is pretty well-worn! They have a children’s cookbook, too, and I managed to find a few copies of that to add to the pile. I love Lisa’s idea of putting a page in the books so Beans can jot down notes about recipes they’ve tried – that’s going to make it more helpful for all of us!

  5. Maura says:

    What a great – and generous – idea. Thank you!

  6. Sarah says:

    Do you still do this? It sounds awesome!

  7. katie says:

    I’m not sure what we’ll do this year. To be honest, it was a logistical nightmare, and a lot of books were never returned.

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