Friday, November 4, 2016

Review: Nourishing Meals by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

Nourishing Meals is a revised edition of Segersten and Malterre's very popular self-published book of the same name.  This is a comprehensive cookbook that covers recipes made of whole foods that are as allergen-free as possible.  All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, and most of them are vegetarian, while many are vegan.  There is meat in here, but not a huge amount.  I do not have identified food allergies, and I don't think this book is by any means only for those who do.  The food in here is more than anything healthy for your body and for the environment.  I think this is actually a book that is equally useful for helping people without allergies to eat more whole foods.  The recipes are simple and delicious-sounding.  They cover a wide range of flavors from around the world.  The recipes are easy and short, and while there are some ingredients that most people probably don't have in their pantries (coconut sugar, buckwheat flour, sprouted brown rice flour), it is by no means over-the-top.  All of these ingredients can be purchased from a place like Whole Foods or online. The book includes a section on stocking your pantry with these kinds of ingredients, and once you have them, these recipes are pretty simple.  In addition to the large number of recipes, there is a ton of information on dealing with ingredients ("kitchen tips" and "ingredient tips," like how best to cut corn from the cob, how to make hazelnut meal, and a lot of ingredient swaps), and on the research behind the health benefits that the authors discuss.  There are also lists of easy breakfast ideas, tips for salad dressings and sauces, how to add more vegetables to your child's diet, tips for storing fresh produce, etc.  Just a few recipes that caught my eye: Raw Breakfast Tacos, Coconut Flour Flatbreads, Date and Walnut Cinnamon-Swirl Muffins, Jalapeño-Lime Kale Slaw, Chipotle Yam Fries, Quinoa and Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Curried Lentil and Rice Casserole, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

(I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)

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