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The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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“Sara’s recipes are to be shared and savored. Nutritious, hearty, and relaxed, this book is filled with attractive food and beautiful photographs. Love it all around.”
—Aran Goyoaga, creator of Cannelle et Vanille and author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats
“The minute I landed on the Sprouted Kitchen website years ago, I knew I’d stumbled on a kindred spirit. Everything I loved about the site extends itself beautifully into this cookbook—the vibrant focus on whole foods, the enticing photography, the inspired ingredient combinations, and Sara’s approachable voice. I imagine this book being a welcome addition in many, many kitchens.”
—Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day
“We all aspire to eat healthfully, but sometimes those good intentions are foiled by hard-to-source ingredients, restrictive fad diets, and other road-blocks. Sara Forte’s simple yet inventive recipes and straightforward approach to good, clean cooking are a breath of fresh air. From buckwheat tarts to nori popcorn, crispy avocado wedges to sesame date yogurt cups, I can’t wait to get cooking.”
—Luisa Weiss, creator of The Wednesday Chef and author of My Berlin Kitchen
“From gastriques to grape salsas and collard wraps to lassis, The Sprouted Kitchen proves that eating whole foods can be nutritious, approachable, and interesting. Sara and Hugh are my kitchen kin as they cook and shoot seasonally based, California-focused cuisine in a contemporary and smart manner. This book is a guide for the conscientious eater with creative yet doable ways to cook ethically, practically, and—most importantly—deliciously.”
—Aida Mollenkamp, host of Ask Aida and FoodCrafters
Top Customer Reviews
I chose this book as the first cookbook for myself because it's pretty. Really. The cover is soothing and healthy looking and says, "Come, cook with me. We'll listen to Diana Krall on rainy days and discuss eastern philosophy together." But really, the photos are stunning. They certainly take the book to a higher level than simply including the recipes. Also, it's important to me that my family eats whole, "real" food, and this seemed to fit the bill.
Speaking of recipes, I suppose they are a detail worth glossing over. Being a novice, I was a little intimidated to purchase a book not geared specifically for beginners, or including the word "idiots" in the title. However, after thumbing through several pages, I was relieved to see that these recipes do not look complicated. They will be good to practice with. Also, it appears easy to come up with a good substitution for things that I don't care for (i.e., rice or quinoa for millet).
Obviously, I am very happy with this book. I look forward to learning with it and creating healthy meals for my children, my husband, and myself to enjoy for a long time.
UPDATE: It has been suggested that I perhaps should have waited to review this book until after making some of the recipes. I am pleased to say that at this point I have successfully prepared several of these dishes! They are user friendly and I did not need to go out and buy several fancy new appliances for them. My favorites are the pumpkin pecan granola, honey almond butter, and grilled flatbread!
I've made several recipes so far from each section of the book, and even the desserts, which seemed to have so much potential, had subpar flavors and textures. Everything I've made was edible, but I wouldn't choose to make any of it again. There were no major disasters, just a lot of mediocre food.
Some people may be willing to take the many good ideas in this book and play with seasonings and textures to make great food. I prefer to get creative with recipes I know will be great as written, and there don't seem to be any of those here.
However, the instructions are generally clear and the ingredient lists fairly manageable, even for those of us stuck with small urban grocery stores. The book is set up well and the pictures are very nice. The author also provides a lot of commentary about adjustments that can be made or interesting pairings with other recipes from the book.
Overall, this is a cookbook with great ideas poorly executed. There are many wonderful cookbooks available and this one just isn't worth the money or the space on your bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fabulous book. I follow Sara's blog and have loved every single recipe I've made from this cook book.Published 12 days ago by Leah Finn
First, I have to get it off my chest that I hope I NEVER again pick up ANY cookbook with a lengthy, detailed 2-page recipe for making French Press coffee--in both volume and gram... Read morePublished 23 days ago by M. Falso
Fantastic cookbook full of delicious and healthy farm to table recipiesPublished 1 month ago by Mona Hatler
I absolutely love this book! I am in love with the photos - they are spectacular! If I didn't use the book so much I'd put it on my coffee table. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BeccaY
One of my favorite cookbooks, I give it as a gift all the time.Published 5 months ago by Erin Elise Hicks
Lovely and uncomplicated, the recipes are relatively simple to execute. I adore the blog and was excited to add this cookbook to my collection. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anonymous
Lovely presentation but although the author seemed to put time into inventing recipes and having her spouse photograph them, they were too lazy to include nutritional specs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Teacher/Photographer