Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

Granted, I don't live on the Redwood Coast. But when Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz came available, I couldn't help myself. It was such a gorgeous book I wanted to add it to our collection of mushroom hunting books. Besides, the part of Oregon we live in isn't that far away and the geography and mushrooms are similar, so there is quite a bit of overlap. 

This book is big. Probably an inch and a half thick which I was not expecting. 

It's also beautiful and contains a LOT of really great pictures and information. It definitely is geared towards accurately identifying mushrooms and not instructions on what to do with the safe ones once you have them in your kitchen. For that, you would need another book.

But, I'm very grateful to add this book to my collection. Even though my current experience with mushroom hunting involves some successful and some not so successful times chanterelle hunting... I am eager to do more and I know that some year soon we will. For now, I can sit at home during nap time and look at the gorgeous pictures in this book. So, when the season strikes, I'll be ready to go. 

Looking for books on Mushroom Hunting? 

These are two we use and love: All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms. Written by David Arora, this book is perfect for taking along with you on your forest hikes. It fits right into a large pocket or small bag and contains helpful and quick referencing information on lots of mushrooms. Mushrooms Demystified, also written by David Arora, is a much larger book that contains TONS of information. Too large to take with you on a hike, it is perfect for keeping at home and using as a reference guide.

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Fried Zucchini Fries

It's that time of year... everyone has zucchini coming out their ears. 

I remember a few years back when I was reading Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle she talked about her friendly hometown and how everyone always kept their doors to their houses and cars unlocked- unless it was zucchini season. Then everyone was sure to lock their doors so no one would slip them a "gift" of a giant back of zucchini when they weren't looking. 

Besides giving some to your neighbor, there are a million ways to use up that abundance of zucchini, but this one is definitely topping the list for me right now. Pair it with some homemade cultured ketchup and you have yourself a gourmet snack that even the kiddos will love!

You Will Need: 


Julienne the zucchini. Place milk in a small bowl. In another small bowl mix coconut flour, corn meal, arrowroot powder, salt and black pepper.

In a medium size cast iron pan heat coconut oil on medium high.

Dip julienned zucchini a few pieces at a time into milk and then roll in the flour mixture, coating thoroughly. Gently place battered zucchini in the pan with hot oil and brown on all sides. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Best served warm. Enjoy!

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Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen (Book Review)

I've been a fan of Jenny of The Nourished Kitchen for a very long time. When I first found out she was publishing a book I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. As expected, it was a great work, something I was very excited to add to my kitchen library. 

(Read my full review- complete with a unique fermentation recipe!)

So, imagine my elation when I discovered that Jenny was going to work her magic YET AGAIN!

A second book. This time on nourishing broth and stock and how to incorporate them into the kitchen. Both books are absolutely wonderful and a great addition to any kitchen repertoire.

This book, Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen, of course, is specifically about the ever-growing-in-popularity trend of the drinkable ancient health food- broth. It contains a lot of great history and information about broth as well as a host of delicious recipes. 

As Autumn slowly drifts in, and we begin to hunker down for cooler weather, I encourage you to check out both of Jenny's awesome cookbooks!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. This post may contain affiliate links.