Creative Cookbook for Culinary Adventures, July
If you are on the DASH diet you may enjoy
a little more variety. If you are trying to stick with a
low-salt diet this book is also very helpful. There are quite a
few recipes for no salt seasonings. Some of the recipes call for
no-salt items that may be easier to order online than find in a
local grocery store. I've never seen low-salt ketchup at my
You can tell these recipes were written by a professional who
has written other cookbooks. The expertise shows and is
refreshing in a world of quickly produced cookbooks. This one
has heart. I like that there are instructions for difficult
things like how to peel a mango or roast red bell peppers.
For this cookbook you will need a few things like a pump sprayer
to minimize oil usage to keep the calories down to a manageable
level. The granola recipe I tried was delicious all while
helping me cut fat and sugar. The granola is then used in the
Easy Pear Crisp recipe which was delicious with a little vanilla
ice cream. I find I have to buy the pears a little under ripe
and let them soften and ripen at home. Once cooked the sweet
soft warm pears melt into the ice cream as the crisp oats give
I've also been enjoying making the gingered green tea, however I
use slices of candied ginger which are more convenient to use.
The recipe calls for unpeeled fresh ginger and that is probably
stronger. Still it is fun to eat the candied ginger when the tea
There is not a picture for each recipe but there are some
beautiful pictures in the middle of the book to inspire you.
Some of the recipes I'm looking forward to trying include:
Curry-Rubbed Sirloin with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Slaw
Creamed Spinach with Mushrooms
To be honest there are so many great sounding recipes it is
difficult to make a decision on what to make next. I can see
myself cooking from this cookbook years into the future. I will
definitely make the granola and the pear crisp again soon.
The nutritional analysis also provides the amount of calories,
protein, carbs, fat, fiber, cholesterol, sodium and potassium
for each recipe.
The only thing I do have to say is however that the author may
be a bit behind the times in regards to the use of coconut oil.
She still thinks coconut oil is bad for you which isn't the case
So with this cookbook you won't run out of ideas for delicious
things to cook anytime soon. You can also adapt recipes fairly
easily as I did when making the Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup. I
will only admit that I used a little more stock than just water.
I make my own stock with a teaspoon of chicken base and one cup
water. It saves time not to have to make a homemade stock. I
also used two cans of tomatoes instead of just one. I'm happy to
say I now have some frozen soup for spontaneous dinners. One of
the great things about this book is that there are lots of soup
recipes for winter.
One of the best tips in this book is how to store basil. No
wonders my basil always turns black in the refrigerator. I had
no idea I was not storing it properly.
So I'm very happy with this cookbook and think you will find it
creative and fun. Enjoy! :)
~The Rebecca Review