SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue by Aviva Goldfarb (Earth Day Celebration)

Happy Earth Day, everyone!  I try my best to celebrate Earth Day and its 40th anniversary.  What better way to take action in our homes to save the environment and become healthier than by heeding the advice in Aviva Goldfarb‘s SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue.

Before we get the actual cookbook, I wanted to let you know that each copy purchased includes a one-month subscription to the Scramble and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Environmental Working Group, which works to use public information’s power to help consumers improve their health and save the environment by offering resources to make better decisions and to affect policy change.

Goldfarb’s cookbook expands upon her popular Web site with its seasonal weekly meal planner subscription for busy families.  The introduction discusses how the organization of the Scramble and its weekly meal planning enables families to reduce their carbon footprint by:

  • limiting trips to the grocery store to once per week
  • reducing the use of takeout containers
  • limiting food waste
  • using highly sustainable fish
  • and reducing the heavy use of meat in our diets.

Following the introduction, Goldfarb outlines the items you need in your pantry at all times, with indicators next to those that you should consider buying in bulk (among others):

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • minced garlic
  • olive oil
  • reduced sodium soy sauce

Once the staples are purchased and available to you, you should check out the break down of fruits and vegetables by season so that you shop for those items when they are in season.  Shopping for veggies and fruits in season reduces your carbon footprint, according to Goldfarb, because it reduces the need to truck those foods across the country or from another nation where they are in season.

The rest of the cookbook is broken down by season and includes a weekly plan of menus for families to try out and advice for keeping the menu plan on schedule, using canvas bags or reusing plastic and paper bags, creating healthy and tasty lunches for school, picking healthy snacks, and more.  However, the book does not include photos of the recipes, which novice cooks might want to check out to see how well they are doing with their own attempts at the recipes.

For busy, book blogger and other moms, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue is an excellent edition to your cookbooks.  Goldfarb’s book is more than a cookbook, it is full of advice on how to make healthy choices for families, how to reduce carbon footprints, shop locally, and more.

About the Author:

Aviva Goldfarb (Photo credit: Rachael Spiegel) is author and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble®, a seasonal online weekly menu planner and cookbook (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) who lives in Chevy Chase, Md.  She has just released a new cookbook, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families.  Aviva is regularly quoted in popular online and print Family and Health publications. She is an advocate for healthy families, actively working with national nonprofit organizations and with parents to improve nutrition.

Thanks to Diane Saarinen and St. Martin’s Press for sending me a free copy of SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue by Aviva Goldfarb for review.

The giveaway details:  (I’m buying 1 copy and giveaway is open internationally)

1.  Leave a comment about what you are doing to celebrate Earth Day.

2.  Leave a second comment with a tip about how you live greenly.

3.  Blog, Tweet, Facebook, Stumble, spread the word about the giveaway and leave me a link.

Deadline April 29, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST

This is my 29th book for the 2010 New Authors Challenge.

I hope you enjoyed this latest Literary Road Trip with Chevy Chase, Md., author Aviva Goldfarb.


Also check out today’s stop on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour at Necromancy Never Pays!


  1. This sounds like a great book. Kid-friendly meals are always a good thing in my house.

    I use fabric shopping bags, shop at the farmer’s market and use reusable containers in my son’s lunchbox.

    .-= Janel´s last blog ..Mind Shot: Push =-.

  2. This looks like a great read! For Earth Day, I started recycling again and stopped using the elevator in my dorm. I’m also trying to get my mom interested in starting a permaculture garden at home. 🙂

    baileythebookworm at gmail dot com

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    No need to enter me, babe. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. As Comment Luv is telling you (isn’t CommentLuv the best?), I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog ..SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue =-.

  4. Great post! No special activity today re. Earth Day, but I want to brag on my granddaughter who is wearing a whale costume today on the mall in DC where she works for an animal welfare organization. I try to follow good conservation policy every day – recycling, reusing, esp. the use of canvas totes for grocery shopping.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to have this book.

  5. Sounds like a book I could really use! To celebrate Earth Day, I’m sending The Girl to school with aluminum cans for her recycling program. Actually, I was supposed to send them today, but I forgot. LOL But there’s always tomorrow. And my daily green practices include trying to reduce waste and reuse whatever I can. I’ve added the giveaway to my sidebar.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Review: Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa =-.

  6. I wish I was organized enough to only go to the grocery store once a week. I don’t have any plans for Earth Day, so I’ll celebrate by not driving my car. We try to be conservative with our utilities, recycle everything we can and use canvas bags when we shop.

  7. This sounds like a cookbook for me! Today is Earth Day? Let’s see…I think I’ll celebrate by riding my bike through nature. By necessity, we are “green” shoppers. The grocery stores near us have no parking so 95% of the time we walk to the store and lug what we can carry in reuseable bags. It’s only when we go shopping for bottled drinks that we use the car (because they are too heavy for us to carry) and go to a supermarket a bit farther out.
    .-= Lenore´s last blog ..Book Review: Being Nikki by Meg Cabot =-.


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