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My most recent cookbook crush is Cooking Scrappy by Joel Gamoran. This cookbook features 100 recipes to help you stop wasting food. Each recipe features items that you would otherwise through away, like potato skins or lemon rinds, helping you to get the most out of every ingredient you buy.

My favorite part of the book was actually the introduction because it lays out the rationale for why and how to get the most out of everything in your kitchen. For me, the book was really more about mindset and technique than recipes. That is not to say that there are not gems in there, just that that was not my primary takeaway. For Gamoran, cooking scrappy is a return to cooking the way our grandmothers did, it is also the way successful restaurants operate to save money, and a good way to look out for the environment. As food costs are on the rise, we all need to be savvier with reducing our food waste, not only for ourselves but for our communities.

In addition to recipes, the book provides lots of little ideas for using food scraps in new ways. The book provided me with two new uses of eggs shells, something that I am constantly getting rid of. Now I know that I can add them to my stock to help clarify and add them to coffee grounds to reduce the acidity of the coffee.

As always I recommend looking in your local library for this book. Bring it home and have a glance through before you decide to purchase it. If it is not something that you will use regularly, don’t buy it, just save the specific one or two recipes that you want. Or if you love it, then buy copies for all your friends and help them reduce their kitchen waste!