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Susan Howson
Apr 22, 2010 Susan Howson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: foodies
This cookbook is really inspiring and informative; it really makes you reexamine what you're eating and seeing how much of it you could make into food that actually benefits your body. Something about the way it's organized irks me though - it's not really a leaf-through kind of book and there aren't that many recipes. Also, Heidi gives good advice for slowly substituting natural sweeteners and leaveners etc. into your cooking instead of the gross, gross white flour and sugar that we're used to, ...more
Call me a snob-- I was not impressed with the recipes in this albeit lovely book. They seemed too simple, no-brainers. I cook with natural ingredients already, so I am not the target audience, and it would be a great introduction for someone trying to learn to cook this way. I will still take a look at her second book, in case it has some more advanced ideas.
Joy Weese Moll
The passages describing ingredients were really useful. The descriptions included both health benefits and how the ingredient could be used. That's the kind of information I want to become a more creative cook.

Although I get her objection to canola oil, we've worked way too hard to lower our saturated fats to go back to butter for baking and higher temperature sauteeing now.

The recipes seemed fussy to me right now -- every one had either a new ingredient (which was okay since that was the point
Aug 11, 2011 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Though a little more on the "directory" slant of a cookbook, I specifically liked the helpful chapters on the benefits of colors in food, bad oils, and of course the whole food recipes. The fig spread with toasted sesame seeds ad black pepper is amazing and simple!
Apr 27, 2007 Ehrrin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in whole grain, healthy vegetarian cooking
So much more than just a cookbook! Swanson is really knowledgeable about nutrition and food, and it features really interesting recipes and gorgeous photos (by Swanson). And, she answered my fan letter (the next day!). I <3 Heidi!
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