Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Nourishing Meals: a cookbook review
Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time
by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre
Published by Harmony, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, on October 11, 2016
There is something about fall that gets me in the mood for cooking. The cooler weather makes me want warm, hearty meals.
I have been looking for a new cookbook to add to my collection, but I am picky about them. I wanted a cookbook with “normal” meals in it -- no outrageous recipes, no unknown ingredients. I was ecstatic to come across Nourishing Meals.
Nourishing Meals is written with food allergies and sensitivities in mind. Thankfully, these aren’t really issues for my son and me, but because of this focus, the recipes focus more on whole ingredients. Finding healthy and delicious meals that would satisfy us both was my goal.
The book begins with approximately 40 pages explaining whole foods, causes and symptoms of food sensitivities, and other healthy eating concepts. From there, it moves on to more than 400 pages of recipes, which are broken down by course.
Although not every recipe has a photograph, there were a few photo sections that showed some of the recipes with their name and page number listed for easy reference.
Right from the start, I was impressed with the breadth of this book. It delivers mightily on “thud factor” (that is, the sound it would make if you gently tossed it on a table), measuring in at 8 x 10 x 1.25".
It is perfect-bound and, therefore, has difficulty laying flat. I have a cookbook stand that holds it open just fine. If you don't have a stand, be sure to have a paperweight or other heavy object to keep the book open.
For the first few nights, I simply flipped through, reading names of recipes to my 5-year-old son and showing him pictures. He often exclaimed, “Oooh, yeah. I would like that,” and I made a list of our favorites. Sometimes when I look through a cookbook, I only find a handful of recipes that I would actually make; with Nourishing Meals, I have 25 recipes on my list, and that was only writing down those I wanted to make first.
So far, I have made two of the recipes from our list: Kid-Friendly Salad with dressing and Chicken Pot Pie.
I thought the salad was delicious and, after having it for dinner one night, I took leftovers to work for the next two days and enjoyed it just as much. My son wasn’t fond of the lettuce (which didn’t surprise me), but he liked the other non-lettuce ingredients and the dressing quite a bit.
The chicken pot pie came out pretty well. I have never made one before, and I am really proud of this attempt. In fact, I've never made any pie before. I'll definitely need a little practice with pie crust as mine was a bit dry, but the filling was delicious.
This was exactly the kind of cookbook I was looking to add to my collection. For now I'm storing it right on my kitchen counter, so I can continue to try new recipes. I can definitely see this becoming one of my go-to cookbooks.
Nourishing Meals is a solid addition to any cookbook collection, particularly for people who are cooking with food allergies and sensitivities in mind.
Disclaimer: I received an advance-read copy of this book from the publisher, Harmony, via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, and I have used affiliate links throughout this post. Please see my book review and affiliate disclaimer.