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Join author and graphic designer of the Stick2Local cookbook, Maria Reidelbach!

cookbook club
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Help develop a climate-smart cookbook!

cookbook club
Image by Tara Kleinhans

Join the fun, come to our cookbook club!


Cooking to Thrive in the 21st Century Cookbook Club

  • Friday, November 1, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

What and how we eat is a great way to cope with the challenges of climate change.

We have the power to reduce climate change through the food on our plates. Scientists say that the single, most effective way to reduce global warming on an individual level is through kitchen practice and diet, and that cooking and eating with others creates crucial community resilience. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) and author Maria Reidelbach for our first Thriving in the 21st Century Cookbook Club gathering and help us develop a climate-friendly cookbook! 

Turning the Tables: Cooking to Thrive in the 21st Century will be a fun, easy to use cookbook inviting you to meet the challenges of climate change by cooking simple, delicious, plant-rich meals that are healthier for you and the planet! The Cookbook Club will taste recipes, give feedback, and discuss the book. 

Recent history shows that people who build and maintain healthy relationships with friends and neighbors benefit from increased resilience when environmental stressors strengthen. Supporting local farmers, home cooking, and breaking bread with family, at potlucks and block parties builds relationships and fosters community bonds that can be crucial during unexpected weather events. With colorful, celebratory graphics, Turning the Tables will show how to create delicious meals that nourish body, soul and heart, while enabling us do all we can to help create a better, safer 21st century. Join our Cookbook Club gathering and help us build a more resilient community!

Please Note:

  • Turning the Tables will not advocate for strict vegan diet; it promotes a flexible, incremental approach to transitioning to a whole foods, plant-rich diet that includes meat and dairy foods.
  • Turning the Tables is apolitical and will not advocate for any particular party or position. It is focused on individual and grass-roots community empowerment.
  • Turning the Tables will provide readers with basic facts to provide clarity about how their kitchen practice and diet affects climate change and how strengthening family and neighborhood ties is one of the best ways to provide resilience.
  • Turning the Tables is colorful, easy, and employs a light touch to show how cooking can be delightful and satisfying.

Authors’ Bios

Maria Reidelbach is an author, artist and local food activist who has been working with farmers in the Hudson Valley of New York for the past 15 years. Innovative projects she has created to promote locally grown food and farms include the Stick to Local Farms Adventure Map, an annual interactive artwork-contest that has inspired tens of thousands of farm visits, and Homegrown Mini-Golf, links landscaped entirely in edible plants and featuring a Guinness World Record-setting garden gnome. Books she has written include the Stick to Local Farms Cookbook, Miniature Golf, a Social History, and Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine.She is a recent Fellow of the Good Work Institute, serves as Vice President of the Rondout Valley Growers Association, a grass-roots group of farmers and community members and is a past President of the New York Mycological Society. She lives and eats in the Hudson Valley.

Jared Buono is an ecohydrologist with experience working in eleven countries on issues of environmental conservation, development, education, sustainable farming and policy. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, Jared worked in a farming community to protect soil resources from the ravages of ecological degradation, planting over 200,000 trees. While in graduate school he founded a nonprofit to help urban residents with sustainable practices around the home which turned into the most effective rainwater harvesting certification courses in the world. And he worked with government agencies in India to develop a spring-shed management program in the Himalayas protecting drinking water sources for millions of people. He now oversees an extension office of Cornell Cooperative Extension where he is passionate about reducing our carbon footprint to limit the growing impacts of climate change. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in upstate NY.



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Maria Reidelbach


CCE Ulster County
232 Plaza Road (Hannaford Plaza)
Kingston, New York 12401

Last updated November 4, 2019