The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life
by Anna Brones Author and Johanna Kindvall Illustrator
"The rules for living well, if you can call them that, are simple and a pleasure to follow. Eat local and mostly plants. Ride your bike, even on rainy days. Say yes to dinner invitations. Always bring your signature dessert. Invite people on picnics. Bike in the sunshine. Follow a morning ride with a strong French press." so begins The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life, Anna Brones' love song to the dual pleasures of eating well and getting around by bicycle. More than a cookbook, it's a guide to good living. Illustrator Johanna Kindvall adds charm and clarity to the essays and recipes. The book is packed with clear, simple, Swedish-inspired recipes that include such delights as baked eggs in avocados (perhaps the ideal breakfast food) and a classic, creamy chocolate cake that happens to be made without gluten.
Other sections include planning guides for key life activities like shopping by bicycle, making your own bags to use for produce and bulk goods, hosting a successful dinner party, and setting off for an impromptu picnic without breaking your champagne glasses in your bike pannier. All recipes in the book are vegetarian and gluten-free, many are vegan, and all are delicious, suitable for beginner cooks or those looking to branch out.
Read an interview with Anna Brones on our blog.
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Comments & Reviews
"Beginners will find much to nibble on in The Culinary Cyclist. Brones provides a general overview of basic kitchens skills and explains key principles of food sustainability in a way that is simple and easy to understand."
"Speaks to caffeine capers and vegan lifestyles."
"If you love to picnic, then you will love Culinary Cyclist! Providing recipes, ways to pack your bike with food, and other helpful tips for a better picnic, it is the best way to plan your outing"
"With chapters such as “eating locally and seasonally” and “transporting your food”, Brones offers an accessible alternative to the stress-filled lifestyle of modern North America, one cent[e]red around food, family, friends, and bicycles."
"The first cookbook of its kind, The Culinary Cyclist is a gorgeous staple for any kitchen where bicycling and healthy, delicious food are priorities. This lovingly illustrated cookbook is your guide to hedonistic two-wheeled living."
"The first cookbook of its kind, "The Culinary Cyclist" is a gorgeous staple for any kitchen where bicycling and healthy, delicious food are priorities...Recipes are all gluten free and vegetarian. The cookbook is suitable for experienced cooks looking to add kitchen flair to their repertoire as well as beginners in the kitchen who want to start out their culinary lives on the right foot."
"...A book I devoured as soon as I got my hands on it."
"The whole foods recipes are great...The biking tips and commentary offer a refreshing view on simplicity and suggest that in a world of cars and buses, it is possible to live by bike. This is my new book obsession, not to mention the quintessential Seattle book."
"Part cookbook, part guide, and part biking love story, The Culinary Cyclist connects the dots between a love of local, lovingly prepared foods and the joy inspired by the bike riding."
"All of the recipes in the new edition are in volume and weight measurements (that means grams for all you European readers!) as well as a new cover."
"This book seems to be written for me, and probably you. The style lends more to basic instructions for leading a good life...a great book for your coffee table, shelf in the kitchen, or to keep a stack on hand as gifts for friends."