A cookbook from the author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, featuring 175 recipes based on the "traditional foods" philosophy of eating, which emphasizes whole grains, dairy, red meat, organ meats, and fermented foods.
The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense, real food, and values quality, environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products that are the norm on grocery store shelves.
Based on the research of Weston A. Price, who studied the diets of indigenous peoples to understand the relationship between nutrition and health, a traditional foods diet avoids processed ingredients, but allows meat, animal fat, and grains. It embraces cultured dairy, such as kefir and yogurt, that contain beneficial bacteria; fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha, that are rich in probiotics; and organ meats that are packed with vitamins and minerals. It also celebrates locally grown foods. By choosing ingredients from nearby sources, you create a stronger connection to your food, and have a better understanding what you’re eating and how it was produced.
In The Nourished Kitchen, Jennifer McGruther guides you through her traditional foods kitchen and offers more than 160 recipes inspired by the seasons, land, and waters around her. In the morning, fuel up with Eggs Poached in Fiery Tomato Sauce. On a hot summer day, Cucumber Salad with Dill and Kefir is a cooling side dish, and on a chilly fall evening, Barley in Broth with Bacon and Kale offers comfort and warmth. Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf with Gravy makes a hearty family meal, while Chicken in Riesling with Peas can be the centerpiece of an elegant supper. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Maple-Roasted Pears, and quench your thirst with naturally fermented Vanilla Mint Soda. With the benefit of Jennifer’s experience, you can craft a loaf of Whole Wheat and Spelt Sourdough Bread and stock your kitchen with Spiced Sour Pickles with Garlic.
The Nourished Kitchen not only teaches how to prepare wholesome, nourishing foods, but also encourages a mindful approach cooking and a celebration of old-world culinary traditions that have sustained healthy people for millennia. Whether you’re already a practitioner of the traditional foods lifestyle or simply trying to incorporate more natural, highly nutritious foods into your routine, you will find plenty to savor in The Nourished Kitchen.
Where to Purchase:
Amazon: The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Kindle: $11.99 Hardcover: $17.74
Things are a bit topsy-turvy this week at Not Starving Yet which is why I'm running a little behind with today's review. I've been gearing up to photograph my little brother's wedding and it has kept me much busier than I had originally anticipated. I'll be working with a fabulous photographer out of the St. Louis area and we've been hashing out our strategy since neither of us has worked together before. Can I take a minute and gush a bit? My baby brother is getting married!
Ok, now that that is out of my system.
This week I'm extremely excited to have a chance to review The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther. I've been following her blog, Nourished Kitchen, for a number of years now and have been counting down the days until her cookbook was released. Not only has her blog been a great source of recipes, but it has also changed the way I cook. I can't say that about many blogs. In our household we don't live a dedicated traditional foods lifestyle, I am after all prone to eating a Lean Cuisine when I'm pressed for time, but I do make the majority of our food from scratch and many of my recipes are similar to the ones found in this cookbook.
I've mentioned this before, but just after my wedding nearly six years ago I begged my mother to turn loose of her mother and grandmother's recipes. I was met with a resounding no. You know the one I'm talking about, the one that all mothers have. In this case it means you'll have to pry them out of my cold dead fingers, in fact, she told me almost exactly that. We tend to have a dark sense of humor in my family. Instead of turning loose of the original copies of these treasured family recipes my mother spent days scanning everything for me. I've got the best mother ever!
Why did I bring this up again you ask?
Well, while these may not be the types of dishes your mother made, they're certainly the types your grandmother or great grandmother made. These dishes are from a time when everyone grew a garden and put up the reserves to eat over the long cold winter. If your crops failed that year then you learned to barter for what you needed or do without and stretch what you did have. There were no supermarkets to rush to, no imported fruit from Mexico or Chile, and most importantly, no worries of what was really in your food. A large part of me wishes we still lived in those much simpler times. While I don't grow a garden myself, I am fortunate enough to have the Dane County Farmer's Market where I can buy fresh produce. There I can talk with local farmers about their growing practices and understand exactly where my food comes from.
Having access to fresh, locally grown food means I'm one step closer to being able to completely eliminate processed foods from my family's diet, ensuring we receive the necessary nutrition from our foods and not a bunch of added chemicals. The Nourished Kitchen is a great resource for the traditional recipes you expect, but the author provides her own 21st century twist with combinations of ingredients you grandmother never thought about. There are so many recipes in this book I want to try that I don't even know where to begin. Do I start with some of the basics such as sour cream or slow-cultured yogurt that I've been meaning to try making myself, or do I jump right in and make the sourdough blueberry pancakes with buttered orange syrup that make my mouth water? It's a tough decision, but I do know that I will thoroughly enjoy working my way through every recipe in this book.
This book was sent to me for review by Ten Speed Press through NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own.
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