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Love thy Legumes Paperback – December 21, 2016
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In her debut cookbook, nutritionist and legume enthusiast Sonali Suratkar celebrates the often overlooked, but high-nutrient legume. Teeming with dozens of varied recipes and complimented with beautiful photos, "Love they Legumes" will inspire readers reach for this high-protein, high-fiber food group.
What I love the most is all the information I have next to the recipe about the nutritional content,technique to cook legumes, importance of different nutrients, ariations and tips. This cookbook is a big step in learning how to balance your meals and how to add legumes to your diet. In her cookbook, Sonali is bringing all the information together and all you have to do is start making her recipes.
As a certified nutritionist, the author has poured her knowledge into this book, and explained in very simple language how to make sense of the various components of food- the carbs, fat, protein, fiber. With easy to understand illustrations and charts, she convincingly tells us why including a variety of legumes in our everyday meals is important. There are close to a hundred recipes! The pictures are so mouthwatering, that you would be so tempted to make each one of them.The book really empowers any person, whether they are a novice or pro at cooking, an omnivore , vegetarian or vegan, to plan cook delicious as well as nutritious meals. A great inspiration toward healthy eating!
Sonali Suratkar's debut book "Love Thy Legumes" is a great addition to anyone's healthy-eating toolbox. Not only does this book provide recipes, but also the myriad nutritional benefits from legumes and other healthy foods that pair well with them. I look forward to sharing this resource with my vegetarian and non-vegetarian nutrition clients, friends, and family, and I recommend that others do the same.
Whether you are a vegetarian or not you'll learn to "Love thy legumes" after reading this book.
About the Author
Sonali Suratkar is a Public Health Nutritionist, trained at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is passionate about creating new ways to cook meals that are both nutritious and delicious. She is always happy to share healthy eating and cooking tips. Her website http://quicklydelicious.com and her first self-published book 'Love Thy Legumes' are great resources, packed with delicious recipes and simple ideas to apply key nutritional information on a regular basis. She aims to empower people with practical tools to balance their meals and cook healthy menus for themselves and their families. By doing so, Sonali hopes she can contribute towards curbing the rise of global chronic diseases.
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What additionally and uniquely sets LTL apart is that it is a surprise educational cook book as well. The introductory section of the book indulges in healthy cooking and eating practices, meal planning ideas, balanced meal guides, and basic cooking tips which makes for a good leisure read for everyone. This not only promotes health consciousness and healthy eating, but also sets the tone for the book and help understand the recipes and ingredients better.
Last but not the least, every inch of the book speaks highly about author's knowledge, expertise, creativity, hard work, and, above all, her passion and commitment to make difference in the way we eat. LTL would be a staple cook book for Indians and warm invitation to others. My wife and I have personally tried out and savored few recipes and we even found few dishes to feed our toddler son. Its my pleasure to strongly recommend this book to all and one. Heartiest congratulations to Sonali for a job well done!
Even so, it’s not perfect. The target audience of the book is not clear, which leads to inconsistencies in the information presented. I quibble with the title; more accurate would perhaps be, “Adore Thy Dal”. Most importantly, I wish all those pages on Western dietary information and dietary guidelines (which can be summarized in two sentences, “Beans have a lot of vitamins and minerals” and “Eat a variety”) had been about what the Ayurvedic tradition knows about beans. Dried beans are notoriously hard to digest, yet they are a staple of the Indian diet. Every Indian housewife seems to know how to make them not only digestible but also delicious and nourishing. We—especially we people trying to be healthy vegetarians--need to learn these valuable, time-honored techniques. This is what I want to learn from Sonali, and which, in spite of herself?, she has largely shared in the directions of her recipes. (Thank you!)
Some of my favorite recipes include the Spanish Chickpeas Bravas (p. 121), Dhanshak Salad/cabbage with caramelized onion (p. 114), Peruvian Sprouts Ceviche (p. 98), and Dhaba Dal/roadside eatery dal (p. 71). And there are lots more.
The cookbook itself is beautifully written, with plenty of lovely, colorful photos. It is inspiring and informative, and well worth the price. One caveat: Many recipes are designed to be made in a pressure cooker. So if you don't have one, you may want to buy one. Otherwise, you may need to be prepared for some of the recipes to take longer to cook. I opted for the second option.