Picks and Pans Review: Simple Food for the Good Life

updated 12/15/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Helen Nearing

Today, when most cookbook authors try to outdo each other with ultimate gourmet recipes, this curious why-bother-to-cook-at-all approach to meal preparation is an anomaly. Helen and Scott Nearing became role models for live-off-the-land folks during the '60s, and they continue what they call "the good life" on a farm in Maine. Mostly they eat soup whose basic ingredient is grain. They believe fasting is good for you so they do that one day a week. For 10 days each year they eat nothing but apples. When she does finally get around to recipes, Mrs. Nearing offers a few worth trying. Here is an easy one for banana cookies:

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