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Whole Grains for Busy People: Fast, Flavor-Packed Meals and More for Everyone Paperback – December 30, 2008

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

For those intimidated by cooking with whole grains, veteran cookbook author Sass (The New Vegan Cookbook; Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way; etc.) breaks down the what and how of whole grains in this accessible title brimming with healthy and appealing dishes. A primer on grains, including where to buy and brand recommendations, prefaces a collection of 125 recipes, each designed to take the home cook under 30 minutes to prepare. Whole grain takes on American classics including quinoa-creamed spinach and skillet macaroni and cheese, are mixed in among versions of well-known international dishes such as barley cioppino, faro risotto and tortilla lasagne. Unique recipes such as popcorn-crusted turkey cutlets with cherry tomato salsa and ham-and-egg couscous round out the list. Speed tips offer additional time-saving advice to the already quick-to-prepare meals. Full-color photos highlight collection standouts. (Dec.)
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About the Author

LORNA SASS is the author of several outstanding cookbooks. Some of her notable titles include Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way, which won a James Beard Award; Cooking Under Pressure; The New Vegan Cookbook; and Lorna Sass’ Complete Vegetarian Kitchen. She lives in New York City.

To learn more about her, visit www.LornaSass.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Original edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307407829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lorna Sass is fondly known as "the Queen of Pressure Cooking." She is also a widely published food writer and an award-winning cookbook author. Check out her new blog: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com

Lorna became interested in pressure cooking during the mid-eighties when most Americans had either never heard of this magical appliance or were afraid of it! Her COOKING UNDER PRESSURE, published in 1989, became a best-seller with over 250,000 copies in print. The 20th-Anniversary revised edition of COOKING UNDER PRESSURE came out on November 3,2009.


During the nineties, Lorna wrote numerous vegan cookbooks, recognizing that a vegan approach to food created a much smaller carbon footprint. This was decades before cookbook authors were writing about the connection between food and sustainability. Her RECIPES FROM AN ECOLOGICAL KITCHEN was published in 1992! Her NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK was nominated for an IACP Award and her latest title in this category is SHORT-CUT VEGAN.

Her fourteenth cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY, published in 2006, was awarded the prestigious James Beard Award in the "healthy focus" category. Her latest cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS FOR BUSY PEOPLE, focuses on quick-cooking recipes for cooks on the go.

Lorna has often found herself ahead of her time. While studying for her PhD in medieval literature at Columbia University, she wrote four historical cookbooks that were published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art--decades before anyone was studying food history!

Lorna's food articles have been published in dozens of prominent newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit. In addition to her own blogs, she has blogged for The Huffington Post and Green Fork, and wrote a monthly recipe column for localharvest.org.

She is a member of Slow Food, The Author's Guild, and the Women's Culinary Alliance and an alumna of Les Dames des Escoffier, an organization of the top women in the food industry.

Lorna's current passion is to make healthy food available to all, and she is especially eager to help people grow their own food on rooftops and in community gardens in NYC.

For further information, visit www.lornasass.com.
BLOGS: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com www.lornasassatlarge.wordpress.com

Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. Baron on February 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Lorna Sass's 'Whole Grains for Busy People' is quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks! I'm a big foodie and collector of cookbooks, however, many of them end up gathering dust on my bookshelf because I get frustrated with the mile-long ingredient list or the complicated directions. This is not the case with Ms. Sass's recipes. In the month or so since I've owned her new cookbook, I've used it every week. Not only are the recipes simple and healthful, but they're without a doubt delicious (which is, of course, the most important factor)! I recently made the chicken soft tacos with smoked paprika sourcream for a friend (a friend who usually cringes at anything healthful) and she LOVED them...so much so that she wanted the leftovers! Truly, this is a great and versatile cookbook.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CMA on November 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was a bit disappointed by this book even after overlooking the fact that the majority of the recipes called for meat as a large part of the dish (not a fan of the industrial, factory farmed meat found in the typical supermarket). I read Sass' Whole Grains Every Day Every Way and really loved it so I was expecting to love this book also. If you are new to the world of whole grains and trying to incorporate them into your meals, it may offer some good recipes for you. Because it was intended for people that need to cook something quick, several of the recipes called for dried onions (made me think McDonalds) and granulated garlic. Many of the brown rice recipes called for using the prepackaged minute rice. Since I am fortunate to have a good market close with a large bulk section, I tend not to purchase prepackaged grains/rice so, as explained in the book. the recipes were written specifically for the minute rice not with regular brown rice. Unfortunately, I didn't feel compeled to make any of the recipes in the book. The intro is a good primer on whole grains but I'd recommend Sass' Whole Grains Every Day Every Way for that as well as the recipes.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hinda Crewell on January 5, 2009
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I just finished reading Ms. Sass' new cookbook and know I will be enjoying it even more than her previous cookbooks. Although I'm presently retired, I'm still always looking for quick, easy and healthful recipes. My family loves whole grains and this book is the first I've seen that makes use of things I already have in my cupboard and allows for quick preparation. The book is informative and interesting and I look forward to trying more of these delicious sounding recipes.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By California Reader on April 5, 2010
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I was excited to get a copy of this book as I already own two of Lorna Sass' other cookbooks. I use recipes from those books on an almost weekly basis. But I was utterly disappointed. I expected to find recipes to help me get whole grains on the table with minimal preparation, either through the use of a pressure cooker or slow cooker, or perhaps soaking? Who knows; I am fairly new to whole-grain cooking so I thought she'd teach me something great.

Alas, this cookbook relies heavily on processed ingredients to get the "whole" grains on the table quickly. Minute Brown Rice is used in many, many recipes, and I also found quick-cooking barley, Bisquick (!), and whole-wheat tortillas among the ingredient lists.

I understand that I was apparently not in the target audience for this book. But it is so completely different from her other cookbooks' reliance on fresh, unprocessed ingredients that I almost can't believe it's the same author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jess on March 29, 2009
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I am completely hopeless in the kitchen, so I accepted the "Whole Grains for Busy People" as an engagement present from a dear friend (who is a seasoned chef!!) with much apprehension. To my excitment, I learned that my fears were completely unfounded; with the help of this gem of a cookbook, I've been able to create some truly delicious meals -- and have had fun doing so without any difficulty at all! (which, if you have seen some of my other attempts in the kitchen, is really saying a lot!).

Every week, I've tried a new recipe and have loved the results (as does my new fiance!!). The "Ziti with Chicken Marsala, Mushrooms, and Fennel" was my first real attempt in the kitchen, but the author's clear instructions and useful "speed tips" made dinner a big hit! Next on my list was the "Beef Stir-Fry With Soy-Spiked Couscous," which was equally delicious, followed by the "Apricot-Orange Muffins," which were the best muffins I have ever tasted!! Although the author deserves all the credit, I was proud to say that I made these meals myself! Tonight we'll be trying the "Farro with Italian Sausage, Escarole, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes" -- which is making my mouth water just reading the ingredients.

I'm so glad to have received this book. Unlike some of the other cookbooks my mom has tried to lure me into the kitchen with (!!), the "Whole Grains for Busy People" makes the most delicious recipes easy -- for real! In addition the creative, flavorful recipes, the author's step-by-step instructions, sidenotes, and suggestions for modifications, have really allowed me to flourish in the kitchen. What a great gift for a new bride-to-be, or for anyone eager to learn how to prepare some new healthy, delicious meals!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By terracat on February 17, 2009
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This book is a gold mine of healthy, unusual, tasty recipes.
A bonus for the newbie (reminder fodder for the oldbie) is a glossary
that clearly defines and explains the varieties of whole grains (the what is the what),
and tables that honestly assess brand qualities so that you don't have to become an unhappy guinea pig.
But the bottom line is you immediately want to try every recipe right now because they all sound so yummy.
And who needs Kraft when there is Lorna's speedy skillet macaroni and cheese with ham and spinach?
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