Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen[ SUPER NATURAL EVERY DAY: WELL-LOVED RECIPES FROM MY NATURAL FOODS KITCHEN ] by Swanson, Heidi(Author)(Paperback)Apr 05 2011
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My main gripe is that there really weren't very many recipes in this book. There are lots of nice photos of scenery and quite a few of the finished dishes (though it's not clear which is which as they aren't labelled) but when it comes down to finding a recipe for a meal, I found that there just weren't that many to choose from. There were quite a few salads, snacks and soups, but not much else. To be honest, a number of the recipes felt like they were padding the book out - there was a recipe for one poached egg, another for more than one poached egg (!) and a recipe for lemonade shandy and another for iced tea (tea leaves, water, ice)...
I like the book's ethos and a few of the recipes have been delicious to eat (and inexpensive to cook) but I really don't feel that the total content justifies the purchase price of this book.
Heidi also subscribes to the 'cook this, but also try this, this, and this' school of cookbook writing, which I always appreciate. For example, the recipe for pita chips (crisps) starts with a straightforward seasoning, but in the recipe introduction she provides suggestions for different flavours, or even different ways of serving (make tiny ones and use as croutons). Her recipes strike me as being for real cooks who have to get a meal on the table without fail, sometimes with a bit of improvisation.
This is an American book, but most measurements are also given in metric. You will, however, need to have a set of measuring spoons or a reasonable eye for guesstimation as teaspoon/tablespoon measurements are not converted, and you may need to do a little Googling for terms (she will use the word 'pepitas' when she means 'pumpkin seeds', for example).
Finally, the food. From multigrain (American) pancakes, to wild rice casserole, to miso-curry delicata squash, to macaroon tart - there is not a recipe or a photograph in this book that doesn't make me drool. Several recipes from her previous book made it into my 'regulars' and this book is rapidly going the same way!
Good introductory pieces from the author for each dish, giving advise to changes that can be made for each recipe
The recipes are wholesome with a good use of legumes, vegetables, soy products, grains etc
Our three favourites that we have ended up cooking regularly are: Harissa Ravioli, Miso-curry pumpkin and Black Pepper Tempeh. All 3 are delicious!
I do like it and I've used it several times by now. The recipes are nice, yummy and honest.
The bulgur wheat and coconut porridge was delicious and so was the white bean, cabbage and parmesan salad. The yogurt and spelt biscuits are the yummiest and so are the oat bran muffins.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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