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American Wholefoods Cuisine Paperback – September 1, 2005
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They call the whole-foods diet a "Darwinian" one because it's similar to the diet that our ancestors followed 50,000 years ago--"foods provided by our habitat." The Goldbecks write, "Just as we cannot put unleaded gasoline in our 1950 Chevy pickup and expect it to run efficiently, modern technological foods may be inappropriate for our prehistoric bodies." The simplicity of this theory is outstanding, although rushed lifestyles and the ubiquity of convenience foods make it easy to eat overprocessed, unnutritious junk at every meal. With most of its delicious recipes utilizing seven or fewer ingredients, however, American Wholefoods Cuisine can help you take the plunge into a healthier way of feeding your body. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of my favorite things: There's a detailed section on bread baking, which has been very helpful. (The pumpkin pan rolls are some of the best dinner rolls I've ever had.)
One thing to note is that this cookbook was written some time ago, so it can seem a bit...stodgy...at times, especially considering how far vegetarian cuisine has come in recent years. But I really enjoy classic (and, yes, sometimes stodgy) dishes, full of lentils and brown rice and the like. The barley-mushroom soup is amazing.
But here's the downside. Since falling in love with this cookbook, I've gone vegan. And there's a lot of eggs and dairy used in this book. Some substitutions are easy to make (soy milk for cow's milk, for example), but others aren't. I used to use this cookbook several nights a week, but now it's more like once or twice a month.
All in all, I recommend this cookbook, particularly for people who don't believe that meatless meals can be good. It was the first vegetarian cookbook I bought, and because of it I realized that doing without meat is not only possible, but very tasty!
No, it doesn't have glossy photographs of food that you will never get to look like the picture. And it certainly doesn't have one of my biggest pet peeves about vegetarian cookbooks: exotic and hard to find ingredients. What is does have is recipes that are made of wholesome, easy to find ingredients, with simple to follow directions for preparation.
The recipe section is divided into helpful sections, with my favorite being "Short-Order Cooking". This section is packed with quick delicious recipes that can take mere minutes to bring from the kitchen to the table. For me, this is worth the whole book! In each section as well, within different food types, there is a short description of each with helpful cooking tips. This is very helpful if you've never made a crepe before, for example.
Aside from the voluminous recipes, there is loads of other information in this book. There are sections on wholefoods philosophy and nutrition, and at the end there is a section called "The Food Reader", which goes into extensive detail about how to create a well stocked pantry, how to handle and store food, tips on cooking, kitchen math, and tips for eating out.
Like I said, this book is several other books packed into one. It is a cookbook, whole food nutrition guide, cooking instruction manual, and general vegetarian lifestyle guide. No wonder it took the Goldbeck's five years and endless hours of testing recipes to write this book! -Katy Farber
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually bought the book for my son because I found so many interesting and different recipes in the book.Published 1 month ago by Dave's comments
Healthy recipes. The recipes include more wheat products than most use in the current rage of gluten-free. They also use cottage cheese, rather than yogurt. Read morePublished 4 months ago by gustav zantanon
I have had this book for 20 years and it is by far the most used cookbook in my collection. It has easy to understand, simple yet delicious recipes that you will keep coming back... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Caity
I have used this book for years. My old copy fell apart so it was great to get a new one in good condition. Thanks!Published 16 months ago by MG
It's hard to get better food advice than to start with Nikki and David Goldbeck! Many years ago, before I could afford my own copy, I kept the local library copy busy by checking... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elsie H. Wilson