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Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please Hardcover – 11 Jul 2013
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From the Back Cover
Nothing is sexier than a sharp mind atop a lean, healthy body. Few foods are able to deliver this promise like kale. She is the ideal plant in many ways: beautiful, versatile, nourishing, and downright delicious.
And these days, she's become a pretty popular dish. Unfortunately, many of kale's admirers have fallen into the same boring routine: she's chopped and served raw, gently sautéed, lightly steamed, or juiced. Kale has been subjected to a lack of imagination—until now.
In Fifty Shades of Kale, you'll discover fifty enticing new ways to enjoy one of Mother Nature's hottest properties. Linger in bed with a luscious Cheddar Kale Omelet; get your hands a little dirty with afternoon quickies like Zucchini and Kale Bites; turn up the heat with Chipotle Flank Steak with Lime, Black Beans, and Kale, or Spicy Mussels with Kale; and surrender to your most forbidden cravings with Chocolate Chip Kale Cookies or Kale and Black Cherry Sorbet.
With fifty mouth-watering recipes for kale-centric breakfasts, starters, mains, cocktails, and desserts, Fifty Shades of Kale is certain to spice up your routine and show you how to experiment in the kitchen, cook yourself sexy, and indulge without guilt.
About the Author
Drew Ramsey, M.D., is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. Dr. Ramsey is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York and an attending psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His clinical work focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety with a combination of psychotherapy, diet and lifestyle modification, and psychopharmacology. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Prevention, and Men's Journal, and he is the coauthor of The Happiness Diet. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
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Fancy a new healthy variety of food to show at your next family gathering or just for your own pleasure?
Even the book's publicity information just turns the screw of despair: "America's favourite vegetable gets sexy with 50 kale-centric recipes that are not only mouth-wateringly delicious, but also do a body good. What was the blockbuster book of 2012? (Hint: it begins with "50") What was the most buzz-worthy vegetable of 2012? (Hint: it's leafy and green.)"
So, you've guessed, this is a book about kale. The history or the method behind this book IS quite interesting. The authors decided to previously create a cookbook that linked two of the most popular trends sweeping America: bondage and kale - as you do (!) - and self-published an ebook that seemed to far exceed their expectations and now some time later, the book has been redesigned, rephotographed, edited and generally been renovated beyond its original specification.
Does it work though..? Yes and no! This reviewer found the shoehorned inferences to 50 Shades of Grey and the faux cutey language a little grating and it detracted from the overall positives of this book. Call me old-fashioned or out-of-touch if you will. The content of the book could have stood on its own without the oh-so-funny headlines like "Love Her Molecules" or "Morning Quickies." If you can just strip all of this padding away you are left with a fairly informative text about kale, its diversity and various benefits as well as a fair amount of interesting, well written recipes. The "usual niggles" exist in this book too, namely the sole use of U.S. imperial unit measures and no at-a-glance estimated preparation and cooking times are given. At the price of this book, before any online discounts, you might need to find if you can gel with it and whether the styling works for you or works against you. On the balance of things it just didn't work for this reviewer and one would have been annoyed paying a fairly high price for it.
One wanted to desperately like this book. It has so much potential but the execution just felt a let down due to the styling. It is no moral issue either, the book just didn't need "sexing up". It would have been a great book without it. It just feels silly as it currently stands. And that is a great, great shame. Check the book out if you can, see if you can bear to rip out the offending pages or just mentally ignore them. Sadly a whole-hearted recommendation cannot be given, despite the book's central core being deserving of this. So, Fifty Shades of Kale became Fifty Shades of Disappointment.
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That was until this cleverly-inspired book by Dr. Drew Ramsey and chef/food writer Jennifer Iserloh.
It's a tongue-in-cheek romp through the garden that creatively lampoons the perversely popular "Shades of Grey" series. Iserloh feminizes the main character - kale - in this recipe book and then proceeds to shamelessly showcase the ample endowments of the vegetable.
Make no mistake - this is first and foremost a cookbook offering unique flavor profiles including: kale chips; chipotle flank steak; kale campari slushy; or creamy kale with dried cherries. All of which help dress up the otherwise drab and unpopular garden flower to perhaps entice my otherwise uninterested palate into a torrid dalliance of deliciousness.
Some may write this book off as an overly-stretched, under-sexed gimmick but I found it to be a lively addition to the dull and dry cookbook category.