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Monday, October 21, 2019

* FOOD BOOK OF THE MONTH! Super Roots by Tanita de Rujit (Hardie Grant Books)

SUPER ROOTS: cooking with healing spices to boost your mood (Hardie Grant Books, 2019, 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-78488-241-9, $22.99 paperbound) is by Tanita de Ruijt, a Dutch chef at the Japanese udon-ya Koya Bar in London UK. A lot of the food here is Asiatic. There is preliminary material on "top 12 healing recipes to suit your mood", notes on sweet and starchy, salty and umami, pungent and spicy, bitter, sour and "balanced". There is a separate chapter on the pantry that needs to be maintained. Then it's all arranged by your mood of the moment: tired, hungover, bloated, and sick. The book could have been improved if it also used more metric in the recipes (and reduced the imperial), or at least had a metric conversion chart.
Audience and level of use: those needing a change in diets
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: kimchi hummus; gado gado with turmeric peanut sauce; Korean hangover soup; spring onions, herbs and turmeric pancakes; sunshine curry spinach; spice salsa verde;  urap urap coconut salad.
The downside to this book: needs more metric
The upside to this book: good idea for anybody to eat these preps.
Quality/Price Rating: 92

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