From the creator of the popular blog, Occasionally Eggs, comes a beautiful debut cookbook exploring the bounty of the seasons, filled with more than 110 simple vegetarian recipes.
Alexandra Daum loves nothing more than harvesting her garden throughout the year, and creating satisfying, seasonally-driven recipes. In her first cookbook, Occasionally Eggs, she shows us how simple it can be to cook healthy(ish) vegetarian meals with local fruits and vegetables, and pantry staples, like grains and legumes. Hard-to-find ingredients are kept to a minimum, with a focus on flavour combinations that make the best possible use of market finds. Largely plant-based, with the exception of occasional uses of honey and eggs, this book will inspire you to include fresh, local produce in your daily meal preparation.
With over 110 delicious and nourishing recipes, Occasionally Eggs will create excitement as the seasons change. You'll explore fresh, vibrant flavours in spring and summer, with dishes like Chickpea Apricot Grain Salad, Spring Pesto Pizza, Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pakoras, and Strawberry Elderflower Ginger Beer Floats. In autumn and winter, it's a time to enjoy cozier, warmer meals, including Apple Hazelnut Waffles, Sesame Roasted Delicata Squash, Smoky Mushroom Pumpkin Chili, and Tahini Date Banana Bread.
Occasionally Eggs is equal parts instruction and inspiration, with substitutions, tips, and tricks to allow for intuitive cooking based on what you have on hand. In addition to her seasonal offerings, Alexandra includes chapters on useful staples and basic fermentation, so you can try your hand at a homemade kombucha or spelt sourdough, and fill your fridge with easy-to-make oat milk or tahini dressing. This is truly a year-round recipe collection and a book you'll turn to for years to come.
About the author
ALEXANDRA DAUM is a Toronto-born, Manitoba-raised food writer and photographer currently living in the far northeastern corner of the Netherlands. She's the creator of Occasionally Eggs, a seasonal vegetarian recipe website focusing on healthy(ish) recipes. An avid gardener and gatherer, her recipes are inspired by the local produce wherever she's living at the time.
"This book is brimming with the best balance of creative and surprising recipes, with familiar classics, reimagined. I love how Alexandra weaves her love of seasonality and earth connection throughout the whole book. Her approach to food, in a listen-to-your-body kind of way, is a balancing antidote to the often intimidating and narrow ways we’ve come to understand 'healthiness.' Bravo!" SARAH BRITTON, holistic nutritionist and creator of My New Roots
"Alexandra’s gorgeous, seasonal recipes are inviting and approachable. It’s the kind of cookbook I love—the recipes and flavour combinations are ones I can imagine returning to time after time." IZY HOSSACK, author of Top With Cinnamon and The Savvy Cook
"Alexandra has put together a collection of nourishing recipes that encourage readers both to cook intuitively and to eat with the seasons. Her sumptuous photography will have you running to the kitchen to whip up batches of sweet corn and zucchini pakora and apple hazelnut waffles." ALANNA TAYLOR-TOBIN, author of Alternative Baker
"Alexandra’s food philosophy is incredibly honest and approachable. With this cookbook, she has created a beautiful collection of recipes that spark joy—a riot of colours and celebration of vegetables with evocative photography that makes you want to draw up a chair and reach for the food." SNEH ROY, author of Tasty Express and creator of the blog Cook Republic
"Alexandra’s recipes are beautiful. I love her creative use of seasonal produce and her gorgeous book is a true celebration of vibrant plant-based eating. This is vegetarian food at its best—I want to devour the whole book." NIKI WEBSTER, author of Rebel Recipes
"Beautiful, simple, seasonal! Alexandra has created such an inspiring collection of recipes built on seasonal produce and flavours with a garden-to-table focus spanning greens to chocolate and everything in between." NATALIE THOMAS, creator of the blog Feasting on Fruit
"Alexandra’s food is pure goodness. Her recipes are modern, featuring a beautiful simplicity and creative flair. This stunning, holistic cookbook will inspire you to cook from scratch in the most nourishing way." NINA OLSSON, bestselling author of Bowls of Goodness