Re: Cohousing Cookbook
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:32:00 -0800 (PST)
I work most often out of "Moosewood Cooks for a Crowd", if i'm using a
particular book...

     - cat

Catya Belfer   -
Technical Director   -
Cohousing in MA -

On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Heather Carver <tierrabodhi [at]>

> Most of the recipes on have serving sizes of 4-6, so anyone
> wanting to use them for a community meal would need to do some arithmetic.
> A former resident here once showed me a cookbook from a retreat place she
> used to visit--it had the type of grid mentioned, each column showing the
> quantity of each ingredient to use for that number of diners. I use a
> recipe program (MacGourmet) in which I can scale the ingredients of any
> recipe to a specified number of servings. Some recipe websites have this
> feature as well. However, that only changes the amount of the ingredients;
> it does not offer any help with adjusting pan sizes or cooking times. (When
> I first started cooking community meals, the biggest surprise was how much
> longer it takes to cook large quantities!)
> I'm certain Sean could come up with good, user-friendly ways to do all
> this, if enough people are interested. I'd be happy to contribute recipes.
> Heather Carver
> Columbia Ecovillage
> > My ideas for the " program" for  a Cohousing Cookbook would include:
> >
> > It would need to include grids for each recipe to adjust the number of
> > servings.  Pan sizes for baking - how to go from 8x8 to 1/2 sheet pan
> > sizes- that may limit the " adjustability"
> > It should indicate time needed to prepare, and Cook or Bake, and tips on
> > serving, how well it freezes.
> >   sub heading - would more than one cook speed up the prep time?
> > It would need to include Vegetarian, and Vegan and Gluten free recipes.
> > Also meat based recipes, Recipes that can be split-
> > ( for example: prepare and saute veggies and add meat to only half of it)
> > It should not include recipes calling for a lot of prepackaged
> > ingredients, altho sometimes pre-packaged makes a dish practical.
> > What dishes can Children help prepare?
> > Might indicate relative cost of the ingredients.
> > Nutrition information, usually available on the on-line recipe sources.
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