s_pumpkins, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by s_pumpkins)
The recipes are great, but what I will really love are the sections on building up your pantry. It has helped shaped the way I think about food and make decisions on what to eat!
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titianlibrarian, December 15, 2007 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
Swanson has created a beautiful, chic cookbook, perfect for a Christmas gift this year. The recipes are geared for the intermediate cook--complicated enough to scare off a kitchen novice, but with an introduction to all the ingredients to explain the reasons behind choosing these unconventional flours, sweeteners and supplements. While I've been enjoying paging through this for the past few weeks, I haven't yet been inspired enough to try out a recipe. Therein lies its strongest asset and its problem--it's beautiful and invites browsing, yet the stylish format and artsy pictures (of patterns and people, less so of food) dissuade one from actually trying out the recipes. However, the introduction is incredibly useful, explaining the properties of and differences between conventional ingredients (such as high fructose corn syrup) and the natural ingredients (such as agave nectar). When I do get around to testing some recipes, I've marked such worthy dishes as the roasted tomato and paprika soup, the giant crusty and creamy white beans, the thin mint cookies and the spiced caramel corn. I hope they're as good as my imagination makes them out to be.
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Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking
Used Trade Paper
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Ten Speed Press -
"In Super Natural Cooking, Swanson not only goes a long way toward helping ‘whole' foods shed their stale, hippie stigma but also makes a strong case for putting natural foods at the center of an emerging, modern, global cuisine. Her seductive recipes, like lime-bathed peanut salad and an updated (almost guilt-free) take on the classic Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, reach out to cooks who want to eat smart but still do it in style."
by South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"A good, solid guide to natural foods, ingredients, and how to use them without the stigma of this food being only boring, bland steamed vegetables and tofu. You'll like her style and simple recipes along with some beautiful photos. Simplicity and ease are great assets of this book."
by Baltimore Sun,
"Super Natural Cooking provides not just recipes and advice, but a new perspective on food and how to eat what you should."
by Houston Chronicle,
"[T]he book's layout is urbane, the photos lush, the recipes modern and sophisticated. The teff-and-tofu crowd, it seems, has gone high-gloss."
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