The Nourished Kitchen
By Jennifer McGruther
Published by 10 Speed Press
Eating like our ancestors is the basis for this book, what the author calls a traditional foods lifestyle. What does this mean? Eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Eating meat from pasture-raised animals or wild game. Making things like bread and yogurt instead of buying the significantly less-healthy processed versions from the grocery store. Basically eating like our grandparents and generations before them did, when there was no such thing as convenience or fast food.
I love this style of cooking. In this book, it’s really more of a lifestyle. The author shows how to make many foods that most people buy from the grocery store from scratch, like bread and yogurt. Recipes include everything from beverages – water kefir, ginger beer and beet kvass to name a few – to desserts like the Portugal Cake that I can’t wait to try. In between there are simple recipes that will please many people (buttered spinach, braised short ribs and honey custard) and some dishes for more adventurous eaters and cooks (smoked salmon roe, stewed beef heart, and chicken foot broth, to name a few). So the snout to tail philosophy of butchering is also employed in the traditional foods kitchen.
This is an excellent book for cooks who would like to move away from cooking with processed foods. The articles and recipe descriptions give cooks and readers additional information on the foods, from how the author serves a dish to the nutritional benefits in preparing food the old-fashioned way. The recipes are nicely written and many come with accompanying photographs. I have really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to try more of the recipes.
About the author: JENNIFER MCGRUTHER is a food educator and the author and creator of the award-winning traditional foods website, Nourished Kitchen (www.nourishedkitchen.com). She teaches workshops on traditional foods, fermentation, and food activism. Jennifer lives with her husband and son in the central mountains of Colorado where she and her husband started and managed a farmers market for seven years. Her work emphasizes traditional, from-scratch cooking with a focus on farm-to-table recipes. You can also find out about The Nourished Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.