Have you ever gotten a gift that left you giddy? My sweet mother was here for the weekend, and she gave me an early birthday present. (My birthday isn't until June... she was thinking ahead!) She gave me a new cookbook... am I a nerd for getting giddy over a new cookbook?
This is all about possibilities. I almost can't see straight there are so many tasty possibilities ahead! You see, with most cookbooks I can only use about 20% of the recipes... and those few still have to be tweaked into "whole foods" recipes. It is rare for me to find a really useful cookbook... because, even when recipes include real foods, they are often rigorously time consuming or call for exotic and expensive ingredients.
Enter my present. My fabulous new cookbook. I mentioned it was coming out a while ago, and now that I have my hands on it... well, you get the picture. It's called What the Bible Says About Healthy Living Cookbook. I can't wait to try the Gyros recipe... wonderfully spicy meat without the preservatives. And the recipe looks very simple. There is also a peanut and coconut encrusted chicken recipe I'll be trying... and this is book going to enliven my baked fish!
Let me give you a little background information. I have blogged about the book What the Bible Says About Healthy Living before. This book was pivotal in shaping my earliest thoughts about health. Well, it took me from a complete ignoramus to knowing enough to significantly change my health. If you are looking for a book that lays foundational, easy-to-understand nutritional principles, make sure to read this book.
The cookbook is based on the principles laid out in the book. So, for those of you who already know the whys and hows of whole foods, you will thoroughly enjoy the simple, yet exciting AND nourishing, recipes in the cookbook. For those of you who are looking for a good primer on health, I suggest getting both the book and the cookbook... so that you can do something with what you learn, of course.
And, while I'm giving reviews, I would like to make a third recommendation. This is a cookbook and a textbook all rolled into one cover. If the first two books in this post are Health 101 and your Lab Class, Nourishing Traditions is Health 201. It is loaded with helpful, challenging nutritional knowledge. However, even though it is a cookbook with real ingredients, I have only been able to use about 30% of the recipes... due to the time factor and the exotic, expensive ingredient factor. That would be the only drawback... It is very much worth the read. And the recipes I use from this book are fabulously nutritious and tasty.
I will be cooking from What the Bible Says About Healthy Living Cookbook as much as possible over the next weeks. I'll let you know how the Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos turn out... and whether the children like them too.