Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook


A collection of inventive recipes from the famed Occidental Arts & Ecology Center with a foreword by Alice Waters

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The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook: Fresh-from-the-Garden Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small, by the OAEC Collective and Kitchen Manager Olivia Rathbone, is a collection of inventive recipes from OAEC.


  • A foreword by Alice Waters
  • Over 200 recipes based on the Mother Garden’s collection of rare, open-pollinated food crop varieties from around the world as well as “weeds” and foraged ingredients from the OAEC wildlands ecological preserve.
  • Lush photographs, rich with the beauty and magic of the OAEC experience.
  • Measurements for family style (4 to 6) and for crowds (30 to 40); a unique resource for potlucks, family gatherings, and community celebrations.

One of the first farms to be certified organic in California, OAEC has been a vocal advocate for the preservation of biodiversity and ecological agriculture since the early 1970’s. Through a living seed collection of over 3,000 heirloom vegetable, fruit and herb varieties well adapted to the local climate, the OAEC “Mother Garden” continues to feed and inspire activists, biologists, educators and artists seeking innovative and practical approaches to the pressing environmental, cultural and economic crises of our day ­while celebrating and eating well!