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The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes Paperback – August 29, 2011
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As I flipped through The Pure Kitchen, I found myself drawn into every single recipe. No exaggeration. Not only do they all sound great, but they also have these wonderfully simple, "everyday food" ingredient lists. In fact, I could make more than 50% of the recipes right now, without even having to go to the store. For the other 50%, just two more flours and some fresh ingredients, and I would be covered.
Of course, I couldn't literally make all of the recipes (not yet, anyways), so I started with a selection of recipes that caught my eye ...
First up was the Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. They were definitely thick, chewy, delicious, and I will be making them again. However, this pb cookie version was different from most. This is a hearty, snack bar-like cookie that's sweetened with dates and maple syrup. I found them filling and energizing yet sweet enough to fix my husband's sugar cravings ... not an easy thing to do!
Next up was a double-whammy Pure Kitchen lunch. I went light with the Buckwheat & Olive Oil Flatbread and the Arugula & Fennel Salad. This was my first venture into baking with buckwheat, and we loved it. Though gluten-free, the bread had a wonderful texture and a simple earthy taste. I'm looking forward to experimenting with herbs and flavors in that recipe. The salad was brilliant in both appearance and taste. It was spiked with a double dose of orange, and paired with the bold flavors of balsamic and Dijon.Read more ›
That's what this book does. The recipes don't replace once processed food with gluten free processed food, it changes your eating habits to eating things that make you feel good from the inside out. I recommend it to anyone trying to eat and feel better.
What sets this book apart was that the author takes a "pure" or whole foods approach to the recipes which is different than many other GFDF cookbooks.I also enjoyed that there is a lot of information packed into the book in addition to the recipes. For a novice cook, especially one embarking on such a radical new food plan, this is essential. There is information on how why eating like this is helpful, organizing your kitchen/pantry, etc.
I have made several of the recipes including Curried Turkey Noodle Stew, Kitchen Health Cookies,and Black Bean and Quinoa Pattiies. I have yet to be disappointed. I have had other family members and friends eat these recipes despite the fact that they are NOT on the same eating plan I am and they have been surprised how good the food was.
This is a must purchase cookbook.
Hallie is very clear that healthy eating isn't about restricting, calorie counting, or dieting. Healthy eating is a way of properly nourishing our bodies, embracing the wide range of nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods, and feeling fantastic in the process. It's about having a healthy relationship with food, making well-balanced choices, and living purely. Just reading Hallie's book makes you feel good!
There's an entire section on tips for stocking your pure kitchen, a tutorial on gluten-free flours, and all throughout the book she gives technique tips, ingredient tips, shopping tips, and health benefits of featured ingredients. Again, The Pure Kitchen isn't just another cookbook. It's a resource book for healthy living. With healthy intentions and New Year's Resolutions fresh on our minds, consider adding The Pure Kitchen to your resources for improving yourself from the inside out. Since purchasing this book, I've made at least one of the recipes each week. Every single recipe dish has been delicious, wholesome, and easy to make. I highly recommend The Pure Kitchen.
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Hallie Klecker knows what she is doing! These recipes are just fantastic. If you want to eat healthy this is a great place to start! Awesome!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've had this cookbook for about a year, and have made numerous recipes out of it. This is the BEST cookbook ever! I'm a vegetarian and just skip the recipes with meat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Robin S. Guyette
This cookbook is a real treasure filled with delicious healthy recipes and easy to follow information and instructions on how to transform your kitchen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carolyn Kay
Great recipes and easy to follow. Recommended by a friend that jsut want to eat healthy. Will buy this as a giftPublished 21 months ago by Carolyn
As a family who eats gluten and dairy free, it can be a challenge to find recipes! I have young children, so the food has to appeal to them, not be too strange or exotic, and be... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by MercyMomma
I made the mistake of assuming (soooooo wrongly) that this book was not only pointed at folks who are Gluten Intolerant, but that
it was it was intended for Vegetarians, as... Read more
I've literally planned the menu for the last two weeks off of this book! I've done about 10 recipes so far and loved most of them except for the Nutty Almond Chicken. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Book Face
Finally a book where I don't have to make my own substitutions for dairy, gluten or refined sugar. I'm not very good at improvising and Hallie does it all for me. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by OMA28
Exceptionally well done; recipes are easy to make and so tasty. Everyone should eat this way! Hats off to HalliePublished on January 6, 2013 by Linda McIsaac