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Better Than a Box: How to Transform Processed Food Recipes Into Whole Foods Favorites Paperback – November 12, 2013
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"Katie's how-to tips, one-pot meals, and make-ahead instructions simplify the Real Food cooking process so normal home-cooks like me don't feel so overwhelmed. ...a must-read for anyone interested in making Real Food meals for their family without spending all day in the kitchen."
-From Andrea of Simple Organized Living
"If you've made the decision to eat less processed foods, this e-book is an excellent addition to help you... Part recipe book/part teaching tutorial, it will help you transform old favorite recipes with processed ingredients into real food meals."
-From 100 Days of Real Food
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Katie Kimball is a mother of three from Michigan who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogs about her successes and failures at KitchenStewardship.com. Her recipes are known for being thorough, family friendly and delicious. When she's not hiding behind spinach on Twitter, she can be found throwing it into every dish she makes (and teaching others how to throw veggies into the pot willy nilly). Katie's "real food" diet is constantly changing and improving, and if you drink raw milk, bake sourdough bread or make homemade yogurt, you'll feel right at home at Kitchen Stewardship, dedicated to helping families balance their quest for natural health with their time and money.
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I also love the BBQ sauce recipe with the variations. And while I haven't tried it yet, but the healthy workaround for dry Onion Soup Mix looks fabulous. And there are many other recipes that look interesting.
Another huge plus is that she offers gluten-free options in a good many of her recipes -- but not atl. And that brings me to one of my disappointments -- not big enough to be a complaint, but just a disappointment: I'd have liked more of the recipes to be thorughly wheat/gluten-, dairy- and soy-free. Increasing numbers of us need that, and those who don't (yet) would do well to get on board.
My other disappointment is the organization of the book. Again and again it confuses me. She wants to teach you how to re-engineer favorite unhealthy foods, and sets up a chapter to do that -- but almost includes the whole recipe, but not quite, and then repeats it in a later Recipes chapter. It's redundant and, as I said, confusing.
But the information she shares is solid gold, so don't let a little thing like that keep you from buying this. Unless you're very clever and creative in the kitchen (as I am not), it has the potential to change your life. No kidding.
I was one of the purchasers that downloaded the version of the book that didn't have a table of contents functioning. I emailed Katie to let her know and she emailed back with an attachment of the updated file that she just updated on here for purchase too. You should be getting a very easy to read and navigate book that teaches you how to transform your favorite box meals - and if you want to go straight to the recipes, that is easy too! Even if you never eat box foods, these recipes in here are fun. It includes recipes for all sorts of things like sausage, freezer meatballs, velveeta substitute, dressings, dips, homemade barbecue sauce, one dish meals, muffins, hot chocolate, chocolate syrup, and homemade whole wheat graham crackers.
You know you should avoid MSG. Do you know what umami is? I didn't. This info helped me understand why they keep putting MSG in everything and why it is so hard to replace (you'll find this information in the "Bouillon Cube Substitute" section of the book). I'm sure there are more things like that I haven't read yet too.
I'm loving this book because it accomplishes something I wish I could - I've tried to organize my base recipes, favorite recipes, substitute recipes (for mayo, ketchup, relish, chocolate sauce...), and extra information like this for my own personal use and I've only done 5% of this book! I'm impressed with the organization, the details, the extra information, the many links, and the examples she takes the time to explain. This would have taken a lot of planning, thought and time and I really appreciate this.
(Review written by the wife - not Joel Brown.)