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David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl Andersen are the new faces of exciting vegetarian food. Their Green Kitchen Stories blog has a cult following and continually inspires people around the world to cook super-tasty healthy vegetarian recipes using only natural ingredients. In their book The Green Kitchen they will delight meat-eaters and non meat-eaters alike as they share over 80 of their favourite family recipes.
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I'm going to start with the things I did like about this book first, and then discuss what I didn't.
So far I've made the goji-mango-turmeric, upside-down breakfast, greens for all, and blueberry power smoothies. They were all delicious and the recipe made plenty for myself plus another serving. I absolutely loved the goji, mango, and turmeric smoothie - it tasted so refreshing and different from any smoothie I've ever seen or made. [I liked it a lot more before I added the chia seeds - once I did that and chilled it before going to work, one of my co-workers told me it looked like I was eating marinara sauce.] The others were also excellent - very refreshing, flavorful, filling, and nutritious.
Breakfast, before or after workouts, dessert, and snack time are all well-represented. Every recipe is accompanied by a picture, so you know what the end result will look like. There's an incredible amount of variety here, and any reader should be able to find some really interesting recipes to add to their repertoire. There are green smoothie options, fruit-only smoothies, nut butter based smoothies, and a variety of non-smoothie recipes as well. Many of the recipes are vegan and many of them look like something even a picky eater (kid, other adult, whomever) would enjoy. They're naturally sweetened with fruit - a few call for dates, but many rely on the natural flavors of the ripe produce.
It's billed as a book about smoothies, but 2 of the 6 chapters deal with making nut milks and juicing. I get the nut milk recipes, as many of the smoothies rely on nut or rice milks. Plus, the recipe for making crackers out of the leftover nut pulp is a lovely touch. But the juicing chapter irks me because I don't have a juicer, don't intend on buying a juicer, and wish I had known that 7 of the 59 recipes would be about juicing, another 7 would involve nut milks, 5 would be for nut butter, chia pudding, popsicles, muesli, and granola. That's almost 33% of the book that isn't about smoothies.
Another issue is the lack of advice, anywhere I could see, about how long to chill the smoothies before serving. The instructions just say "serve" or "serve chilled" generally. Smoothies should be consumed reasonably quickly after making them, and there's a particular time window that you'll want to follow when making the recipes that call for chia seeds. Smoothies with chia seeds ought to sit about 15 minutes, but let them sit too long and they become gelatinous, jiggly puddings, which isn't what I want out of my morning smoothie. There aren't very many recipes that use chia seeds (or linseeds), but there are about 10.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with this book. I do wish they'd titled it differently, or focused more on smoothies, but the smoothies I have made have been terrific and I'm excited to continue trying their healthy and tasty concoctions.
As usual with Green Kitchen Stories recipe books:
- The recipes are simple, well laid out and fact checked.
- The introductory narrative is beautiful and has a friendly, warm tone.
- Contains more than just smoothie recipes - also desserts and granola etc. too.
- Photography is beautiful.
- This family is adorable and so stylish.
- The recipes are really delicious and interesting, without being over-complicated, and without the need to find difficult-to-source ingredients.
And the photography! Stunning. Honestly, it is difficult to photograph smoothies creatively but once again, the authors have achieved this.
My friend and I have been using this book religiously since we both got it - we come home from school during lunch always hungry and looking forward to making an energy replenishing smoothie that satiates us for the rest of the day. Lovely, lovely, lovely!