The Urban Homesteading Cookbook

Our culinary road trip takes us to the city this week with The Urban Homesteading Cookbook: Forage, Farm, Ferment and Feast for a Better World by Michelle Nelson. This beautifully crafted cookbook not only offers a delightful array of recipes but also serves as a comprehensive guide for urban dwellers seeking to embrace a more self-sufficient and eco-conscious lifestyle. From foraging and farming to fermenting and feasting, Nelson takes readers on a culinary journey that celebrates the interconnectedness of food, community, and the environment. “As a conservation biologist, I believe that supporting and growing sustainable food may be the most important contribution to our ecosystems that any person can make.”—Michelle Catherine Nelson

Michelle Nelson’s book doesn’t just provide recipes; it delves deep into the philosophy and practices of urban homesteading. She skillfully guides readers through the art of growing their own produce in limited spaces, making the most of urban gardens and even indoor plantings. The book introduces readers to the world of foraging, teaching them how to identify and responsibly harvest wild edibles, fostering a deeper connection to the natural world.

Fermentation enthusiasts will also find themselves engrossed in the chapters dedicated to preserving and fermenting foods. Nelson’s clear instructions and insightful tips make these traditional techniques accessible, allowing readers to create their own probiotic-rich foods and beverages, reducing food waste and enhancing their diets.

The heart of The Urban Homesteading Cookbook lies in its diverse and mouthwatering recipes. From garden-fresh salads and hearty vegetable soups to tangy fermented pickles and artisanal bread, the book effortlessly weaves together the art of self-sufficiency and culinary innovation. Each recipe is a celebration of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, highlighting the flavors and textures that only a mindful approach to food can yield.

One particularly remarkable aspect of the cookbook is its ability to make sustainability feel indulgent and luxurious. Readers will be enticed by creations like wild rosehip & spice-infused honey, forager’s tea, and unique fruit preserves. These recipes elevate the concept of “homemade” to an art form, demonstrating that sustainable living doesn’t mean compromising on taste or elegance. I like making my own flavored olive oils and Nelson provides a great herb-infused oil that can be used for a multitude of recipes. To put a little fun and variation to this theme, we provide you the Slow Pine-Infused Avocado Oil in our Recipe section.

Beyond the kitchen, The Urban Homesteading Cookbook encourages a holistic approach to urban sustainability. To ensure you’re equipped with information on obtaining that goal, Nelson segments the book into ingredient categories with tips on husbandry, ethical producing and consumption, best usage of each ingredient and of course, recipes. Get a copy of the book at or go to our Giveaway section to win this handy guide to an urban-country lifestyle.

Michelle Nelson’s The Urban Homesteading Cookbook: Forage, Farm, Ferment and Feast for a Better World is a true masterpiece that seamlessly blends the joy of cooking with the principles of sustainability. Whether you’re a seasoned homesteader or a city dweller taking your first steps towards a greener lifestyle, this book will undoubtedly inspire and empower you. With its wealth of information, stunning visuals, and delectable recipes, it’s not just a cookbook; it’s a guide to fostering a better world through the choices we make in our everyday lives.

Contents and images used with permission from The Urban Homesteading Cookbook: Forage, Ferment, Farm and Feast for a Better World, by Michelle Catherine Nelson, photography by Alison Page. ©2015. Published by Douglas & McIntyre. Reprinted with permission of the publisher.