Monday, August 25, 2014
Brassicas: The world's healthiest vegetables
There is something so delightfully earthy about kale, spinach, brussel sprouts and the like. After I eat them, I feel like my body is saying "Thank YOU, darling!" for the rest of the day.
I had never put much thought into the family that these foods belong to until I received the book Brassicas: Cooking with the world's healthiest vegetables. It turns out that my sweethearts in the kitchen: kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are all part of the same vegetable family - Brassicas. The word us just fun to say!
Laura Russell introduces some of the essentials about how to master these strong but flavorful vegetables in this cookbook. A few guidelines stand out, like remembering to freshen the flavors after cooking with a splash of lemon juice.
I love her tips for creating balance with the strong flavors...it turns out I'm doing it right which might be why these are favorites in our house! For example, a quick saute will soften the flavors and make them much more manageable. Or, contrast their bitters with another strong flavor like a tart cheese...which is exactly what I did for a recent recipe (non-brassica but equally strong leafy greens).
I'm excited to try the recipe for Cauliflower Hummus as soon as Autumn's giant cauliflower hit the farmers market - a twist on classic hummus that uses cauliflower in place of the traditional chickpeas.
The photos in the book are beautiful, but mostly of raw ingredients. I do admit that I'm extremely visual when it comes to recipes - I like reading and being inspired by the ingredients but love seeing what the final results will look like. Or at least what they should look like...right? That is one area where this book is a bit lacking. The recipes sound great, and from what I've tasted, are spot on. But only about 30% of the recipes have photos to go with them, which is about 70% fewer than what I enjoy in a great cookbook.
Overall, I'd say this is a good reference to those who are interested in adding Brassicas to their cooking repertoire and are looking for tasty ways to do it. After all... they are apparently the worlds healthiest vegetables!
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Lavende and Lemonade was not compensated for this post. I did however receive free product to review on this blog. All opinions are 100% my own.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.