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5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome reciepes, beautifully photgraphed, October 7, 2012
This review is from: True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure (Hardcover)
I love cookbooks with lots of photographs because I like knowing what a dish is going to look like before I make it. This beautiful cookbook by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox with chef Michael Stebner has a photo for almost all of the more than 125 recipes shared in this book. Some of you may be familiar with Dr. Andrew Weil from his other books such as Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating, Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health or Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being or from his website or magazine articles. He and restaurateur Sam Fox opened the first True Food Kitchen in Phoenix to promote healthy eating that was also delicious. Along with chef Michael Stebner they created this book to showcase some of the recipes from their restaurant and to give us a chance to try them at home.

After an introduction from Dr. Weil, there is a chapter called The True Food Pantry that lists a lot of the ingredients, many of which might be unusual or unknown to the casual cook, and explains how they are used and where to find them. Some of these items such as sambal oelek, sea buckthorn or kaffir lime leaves are going to require a well stocked Asian food store to find. But most of the recipes use ingredients that you would find at any grocery store. There is a breakfast chapter with 10 breakfast recipes, including Carrot-Parsnip Zucchini Bread, Quinoa Johnnycakes and the Weekend Warrior smoothie. Other chapters include Appetizers, Salads, Soups & Chilis, Seafood, Poultry & Meat, Pasta & Noodles, Vegetables, Desserts, Drinks and Basics. Many of the recipes include seafood, poultry, red meat (Bison) and dairy. There are also several vegan recipes. The Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad is delicious. I also like the Sweet Potato Gratin, Indian-Style and the Curried Cauliflower Soup.

Dr. Weil stresses freshness of ingredients and using whole foods rather than processed. He emphasized lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The recipes are clearly written and easy to follow and most of them can be done pretty quickly. If you enjoy lots of variety in your diet and creative dishes, this book will give you the inspiration.

I was provided a complementary copy of this book for review.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2012 6:12:57 AM PDT
C. Herigstad says:
Does the roasted butternut salad have brussel sprouts and a horse radish vinaigrette? You should go to one of their restaurants if you ever have a chance. They now have them in San Diego, Santa Monica and Newport Beach, as well as one opening in Denver any day now!
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