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Thursday, May 19, 2016


NOURISH; whole food recipes featuring seeds, nuts & beans (Whitecap, 2015, 224 pages, ISBN 978-1-77050-243-7, $29.95 CDN paper covers) is by Nettie Cronish (cookbook author, veggie chef) and Cara Rosenbloom, RD. And ounce for ounce, you really cannot beat any combo of seeds, nuts and beans for nutritional value. The health benefits flow from fibre, protein, and oils contained within these embryotic eggs of the veggie world. Coupled with meats/dairy/seafood, they can provide anything that men desire in the way of food. My regular breakfast is a combo of seeds (hemp, chia, sesame, ground flax, sunflower, pumpkin) and nuts (peanuts, almonds) with an ever changing sauce or liquid. Often, I have a lunch or dinner of "fagioli e minestri" (Italian for beans and greens). At dinner I add Italian sausage, maybe some pasta. Hey, that's my ideal food day! So I am already converted. After the primer describing these ingredients, the arrangement is by course, apps through desserts. The 101 preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements.
Audience and level of use: those looking for more nutrition and flavours in their lives.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: chicken, greens and beans stew; strawberry kale salad with garam masala-spiced seeds; almond fennel celery slaw; watermelon salad with chickpeas and feta; fruit crisp with pumpkin seed crumble; scrambled eggs with black beans and salsa.
The downside to this book: nothing really, very comprehensive, maybe it could use a few more preps.
The upside to this book: there is a bibliography and a nutritional analysis.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.

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