Food Swap is an interesting book that covers everything you would need to do to start your own food swap. While participating in or starting a food swap isn’t necessarily in my future, I definitely appreciated and could see the value in the way Emily Paster researched and explained how to find and join the local food swap movement if it’s in your area or how to create your own food swap if there isn’t one. I really enjoyed the ideas that were presented, especially the tips for ensuring that your swap is a success.
Along with ideas of how to join or start a swap are ways to prepare and preserve a variety of foods for a swap. Safety is definitely taken into consideration and there’s also a great section on the laws regarding food swapping and how to make sure you’re in compliance with local health codes. I can really appreciate the sections on labeling, which delved into making sure your products are labeled well, so if someone has an allergy they won’t risk a reaction. The sections I was most interested in, were the sections that gave ideas and recipes for foods that would are easy to swap. While I don’t intend on actually making these for a food swap, I love to ship and share deliciousness with friends and family around the holidays. These recipes are ones that travel well, hold up decently, and they’re great for shipping out.
Some of my favorite recipes include an interesting take on flavored salts that don’t take a lot of time to put together, but when placed in cute containers make great gifts for neighbors. Other goodies that caught my eye were matcha cupcakes with ginger frosting, chocolate truffles, buckeyes, and small baked pies. I think I’ll be sending boxes of those out this December.
Food swaps aren’t for everyone and to start one takes real dedication. I enjoyed the recipes in Food Swap and if I was going to start a swap, this book would be the ideal roadmap to do so.
Food Swap by Emily Paster is available for pre-order now and will be released on May 17th, 2016.