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Rodale's Basic Natural Foods Cookbook Hardcover – July, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Fine Communications (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567310443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567310443
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wanted to give her one of my favorite cook books.
Jan Humphrey
The recipes I have used already have been tasty and easy to follow.
Roberta Andrus
The recipes are fantabulous, and it is chock full of information.
Cher Cunningham

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A.W. on February 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this cookbook, and it's not even for the recipes.

This book has the "Basic" information you need for cooking with natural foods, whole foods, and unusual ingredients. How many "Basic" cookbooks have a whole chapter on how to use sea vegetables (with 27 recipes)?

This book is what I've seen called "encyclopedic" in its scope. There isn't a single-ingredient whole food I've heard of (and I am a very adventurous cook & shopper!) that is not here. How long to cook quinoa? Why you should soak wakame? How about salsify? What if my neighbor's garden yields so many green beans that she gives me a bushel to "put up," but I don't know whether to can or freeze?

First, this is what you won't find: processed (white or brown) sugar, convenience foods as ingredients (none call for "canned cream of mushroom"!) or highly-processed grains (no "cake flour"). Sometimes you can substitute like another reviewer mentioned regarding the white/brown rice recipe (when I have run out of honey and put sugar in its place on these recipes and they work fine).

What I love about this cookbook is it addresses so many home cook's needs. I need to know how to use whole foods, not just in recipes, but in a more basic sense. I need to know about food safety: how long to cook meats & poultry & seafood, how to blanch veggies for freezing, why certain canning methods are safe for some foods and risky (even deadly) for others. I need to know how much water to add and how long to cook a wide variety of whole grains. I need to know how many small eggs are equal to how many jumbo eggs. I need to know which seasons are best for specific produce, and how to tell if fruit is ripe (pomegranates? guavas?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
I turn to this book again and again to get recipes for herb and spice blends, such as curry powder. The Herb and spice reference table is invaluable when you need to make a substitution to accommodate your cupboard. The "Before You Start to Cook" section has great info for beginners and chefs. Each section begins with guidelines for buying, storing and serving. If I have a question regarding anything to do with food , I'll pick up this book first.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is by far THE BEST cookbook I own (& I have a lot!) - several years ago when my family decided to change our eating habits for the better, we chose this cookbook from the shelves of a very large bookstore, hoping the variety & detailed information were what we needed. Boy, was it--just about every cooking or food question I've had over the years has been answered in these pages. . .there's detailed charts on different types of foods (veggies, spices, etc) & information about uncommon foods (natural sweeteners, soy products, etc) but most importantly are the actual recipes. From the basics to the unusual, this book has something that I can either use directly or easily adapt to how I eat or what ingredients are on hand. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, limiting carbs, or just wanting to eat better, this book belongs in your kitchen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If I could only have one cookbook, this would be it. Every food group is covered, from "Herbs, Spices and Condiments" to "Nuts and Seeds" to "Meats" and many more. Each chapter offers pages of detailed, in-depth information particular to the chapter. For instances, "Sauces" includes: White and Brown Sauces, Liquids, Thickeners, Enrichment and Flavoring, Emulsions Sauces, Light Sauces, Butter Sauces, Marinades, Storing Sauces and Gravy for Meat and Poultry. Recipes are available for every type of sauce.
As a novice cook interested in learning more and increasing my proficiency in the kitchen, I found the "Before You Start to Cook" chapter invaluable. I love this cookbook. I had checked out around 20 cookbooks from the library to find just the right one with a comprehensive amount of information and this one is it.
The only reason I did not give this cookbook five stars is the quality of the paper and some ink blotches on some of the paper. The cookbook I checked out from the library had heavier quality paper and no printing mistakes that I could find.
Aside from that minor complaint, this cookbook is awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone with a kitchen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MoonPye on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't want to repeat the comments that are already here, but do have to say this cookbook is EXCELLENT. There is LOTS of info here besides recipes. Altho there are meat dishes, there are tons of vegetarian dishes as well. I love that the chapter on desserts shows how to make treats a little more healthy, and there are many that are just so EASY, I've tried several in the past week alone.

Also have to mention I used to know this great Italian deli that made the best rice balls but I moved far away from that neighborhood a few years ago and always missed them. I hadn't been able to duplicate them on my own. In this book I found a dish called Suppli al Telefono... I finally found a recipe that tastes just like the rice balls I loved from the deli! Altho I do use white rice the recipe calls for brown.

I love the recipes they give for peanut butter sauces too. (Excellent peanut butter soup too.)

I decided on 5 stars because it really is a cookbook I will keep for all the years to come and hand down to my children when they move out on their own.
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