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Grain Mains: 101 Surprising and Satisfying Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal of the Day Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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“Grain Mains is a recipe for a new way of eating--one that looks beyond seven-ounce steaks and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Whether they're transforming the familiar (Ham and Corn Pudding, Oat and Amaranth Pancakes ) or demystifying the exotic (Lamb and Tritcale Tagine, Roasted Ratatouille with Job¹s Tears), Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough showcase the diversity and--more importantly--deliciousness of whole grains.” ―Dan Barber, author and chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

“I see a lot of cookbooks...But very few do what this one did, which was to make me rethink the way I shop and cook.” ―WeightWatchers.com

“A catalog of whole-grain main dish inspiration -- and not just with the recipes...We love this cookbook.” ―LAWeekly.com

“Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough transform cherished favorites into healthy whole-grain alternatives.” ―The Daily Meal

“When Grain Mains arrived on my desk, I couldn't wait to open it....The recipes make you want to get into the kitchen and cook..You'll see that healthy eating was never so delicious.” ―Diane Worthington, Seriously Simple, Tribune-syndicated columnist

“Learn to make whole grains the star of supper--or any meal--with Grain Mains by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.” ―Better Home and Gardens

“Their writing is both informative, personal, and inflected with humor--all of which should make the topic more enjoyable to read about, and hopefully eat.” ―Epicurious.com

About the Author

BRUCE WEINSTEIN and MARK SCARBROUGH are the creators of the bestselling Ultimate Cookbook series and have most recently published Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese (2011). They were nominated for a James Beard award in 2011. They live in Colebrook, CT.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613068
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nathan Meyer on September 28, 2012
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I've tried a lot of whole grain recipes from other sources, and none begin to approach the dishes I've tried in this book (the red rice casserole, the quinoa burger, the millet burger, the spelt berry and tomato salad, and the wild rice biryani). The book compares favorably to other books that do not even attempt to be health conscious. Highly recommend.
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By Cassady H on November 5, 2012
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This is a great cookbook. They include lots of grain recipes that don't try to disguise the grains as meat or something else, it presents them as what they are. I've made 3-4 different recipes and all have turned out well. Even my "man's man" fiance who is a big time meat lover has really enjoyed these recipes. Also includes a nice introduction with some basic information about a variety of grains.
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I can't say enough good things about this cook book. I have tried a number of these recipes and loved each one so far. To date, I have made the ones that are quick and easy, like the black bean quinoa burgers that I made for a crowd on a week night. In fact I've made that one a couple of times now. I have a running list of recipes I am going to try, but one of the best things about the book is that it has kindled new ideas and stretched me to to do more things with grains than the normal sides and salads that I've done in the past.
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his is a wonderful cookbook and so much more. It gives details about both common and esoteric grains, how to cook them, wash them, store them, combine them. The writing is clear, well organized and at the same time witty. The recipes are clear and detailed, easy to use and well thought out. The range of dishes is amazing - for all pallets, from heavy carnivores to total vegans. I have been reading cookbooks for 45 years, and spent 10 years designing them. This book is a gem. The photography is gorgeous and enticing and the organization is carefully thought out. I hope you'll take a look.
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I needed to add more grains to my diet and wanted some recipes that tasted good enough that I would actually eat them. Fortunately, the recipes in this book have helped me achieve that. An added benefit is that the recipes are incredibly filling so you don't want to eat other things (read: stuff with sugar or fat).

I should start off by saying that I already liked some grains (barley, wheatberry and farro are favorites) before purchasing the book. This book is a great intro to cooking with grains if it isn't something you're all that familiar with (I wasn't). There is an introductory chapter that gives you the lay of the land about grains, describes each grain and how to cook with it, which whole grains are gluten free and which aren't and just generally makes you comfortable with the concept of grains. There are a ton of vegan options in the book as well.

I've made three recipes from the book - Barley & Pecan Burgers, Spicy Brown Rice Salad w/ Chicken and Peanuts and Farro w/ Nectarines, Basil and Toasted Pine Nuts. All three turned out great and tasted great the first time I made them. The Barley & Pecan Burgers were fantastic and I would happily substitute those for real hamburgers any day of the week (and I really like hamburgers). They were just that good. The book is broken up into breakfast dishes, salads, soups and stews, burgers, casseroles and dinner party worthy recipes.

Pros:
Availability of ingredients. There are recipes for every type of grain imaginable. I have found many of them in the grain & cereal aisle of my local chain supermarket. You don't necessarily need to go to a Whole Foods or other type of specialty food store to get the ingredients.
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By Lisa MT on October 24, 2013
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Great book that gives some back ground and the proper way to cook all kinds of grains. The recipes are very nice as well. I am taking my time reading this because of the detail that they give. Wonderful book. This one is a keeper. Going to get some of these to give as Xmas gifts too.
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Really enjoy the millet burgers! The addition of sundried tomatoes is great!Have only made 3 recipes so far, but they have all been delicious!
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Terrific cookbook. I've liked everything I've tried, which is at least 7 recipes. Some I've made more than once, like the Wheatberry spread.
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