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HEIDI SWANSON'S approach to cooking whole, natural foods has earned her a global readership. From her Northern California kitchen, she introduced us to a less-processed world of cooking and eating through her award-winning blog, 101 Cookbooks, and in her James Beard Award–nominated cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, she taught us how to expand our pantries and integrate nutr HEIDI SWANSON'S approach to cooking whole, natural foods has earned her a global readership. From her Northern California kitchen, she introduced us to a less-processed world of cooking and eating through her award-winning blog, 101 Cookbooks, and in her James Beard Award–nominated cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, she taught us how to expand our pantries and integrate nutrient-rich superfoods into our diets.   In Super Natural Every Day, Heidi helps us make nutritionally packed meals part of our daily repertoire by sharing a sumptuous collection of nearly 100 of her go-to recipes. These are the dishes that Heidi returns to again and again because they’re approachable, good for the body, and just plain delicious. This stylish cookbook is equal parts inspiration and instruction, showing us how to create a welcoming table filled with nourishing food for friends and family.   The seductively flavorful vegetarian recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, treats, and drinks are quick to the table but tasty enough to linger over. Grab a Millet Muffin or some flaky Yogurt Biscuits for breakfast on the go, or settle into a lazy Sunday morning with a stack of Multi-grain Pancakes and a steaming cup of Ginger Tea. A bowl of Summer Squash Soup or a couple of Chanterelle Tacos make for a light and healthy lunch, and for dinner, there’s Black Sesame Otsu, Pomegranate-Glazed Eggplant with Tempeh, or the aptly named Weeknight Curry. Heidi’s Rose Geranium Prosecco is the perfect start to a celebratory meal, and the Buttermilk Cake with fresh plums or Sweet Panzanella will satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth.   Gorgeously illustrated with over 100 photos that showcase the engaging rhythms of Heidi’s culinary life and travels, Super Natural Every Day reveals the beauty of uncomplicated food prepared well and reflects a realistic yet gourmet approach to a healthy and sophisticated natural foods lifestyle.


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HEIDI SWANSON'S approach to cooking whole, natural foods has earned her a global readership. From her Northern California kitchen, she introduced us to a less-processed world of cooking and eating through her award-winning blog, 101 Cookbooks, and in her James Beard Award–nominated cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, she taught us how to expand our pantries and integrate nutr HEIDI SWANSON'S approach to cooking whole, natural foods has earned her a global readership. From her Northern California kitchen, she introduced us to a less-processed world of cooking and eating through her award-winning blog, 101 Cookbooks, and in her James Beard Award–nominated cookbook, Super Natural Cooking, she taught us how to expand our pantries and integrate nutrient-rich superfoods into our diets.   In Super Natural Every Day, Heidi helps us make nutritionally packed meals part of our daily repertoire by sharing a sumptuous collection of nearly 100 of her go-to recipes. These are the dishes that Heidi returns to again and again because they’re approachable, good for the body, and just plain delicious. This stylish cookbook is equal parts inspiration and instruction, showing us how to create a welcoming table filled with nourishing food for friends and family.   The seductively flavorful vegetarian recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, treats, and drinks are quick to the table but tasty enough to linger over. Grab a Millet Muffin or some flaky Yogurt Biscuits for breakfast on the go, or settle into a lazy Sunday morning with a stack of Multi-grain Pancakes and a steaming cup of Ginger Tea. A bowl of Summer Squash Soup or a couple of Chanterelle Tacos make for a light and healthy lunch, and for dinner, there’s Black Sesame Otsu, Pomegranate-Glazed Eggplant with Tempeh, or the aptly named Weeknight Curry. Heidi’s Rose Geranium Prosecco is the perfect start to a celebratory meal, and the Buttermilk Cake with fresh plums or Sweet Panzanella will satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth.   Gorgeously illustrated with over 100 photos that showcase the engaging rhythms of Heidi’s culinary life and travels, Super Natural Every Day reveals the beauty of uncomplicated food prepared well and reflects a realistic yet gourmet approach to a healthy and sophisticated natural foods lifestyle.

30 review for Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Being honest, this book is a little floofy for my taste. Heidi Swanson hails from California, and she might be just a snootch out of touch with what life is like for the rest of us who reside in the other 49 states in the union. She mentions that she likes to snack on “nut butters” and makes note that she lives within walking distance of five farmer’s markets. Cue barfing noises, amiright? But if you ignore the narrative flourishes and focus on the recipes, Heidi Swanson knows what’s up when it c Being honest, this book is a little floofy for my taste. Heidi Swanson hails from California, and she might be just a snootch out of touch with what life is like for the rest of us who reside in the other 49 states in the union. She mentions that she likes to snack on “nut butters” and makes note that she lives within walking distance of five farmer’s markets. Cue barfing noises, amiright? But if you ignore the narrative flourishes and focus on the recipes, Heidi Swanson knows what’s up when it comes to vegetarian cooking. She’s the reason there’s tempeh in my fridge and mung beans in my pantry. That shit is happening later this week, and I fully expect it to be delicious. She’s a legit cook even if everything about her sensibility drives me crazy. More book recommendations by me at www.readingwithhippos.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    I must own this. If I had one criticism, it might be that the language is too informal, too conversational, too internet-casual--but that's not to say it's badly written. It's my own problem that the author happens to use, once in a while, everyday-isms that bug me. The photographs are gorgeous, almost every single recipe is tempting, and it's well-organized and easy to read. The Introduction breaks down her kitchen, her pantry, and her culinary habits. There's a simple section on Accompaniments. I must own this. If I had one criticism, it might be that the language is too informal, too conversational, too internet-casual--but that's not to say it's badly written. It's my own problem that the author happens to use, once in a while, everyday-isms that bug me. The photographs are gorgeous, almost every single recipe is tempting, and it's well-organized and easy to read. The Introduction breaks down her kitchen, her pantry, and her culinary habits. There's a simple section on Accompaniments. And her Source section is helpful too. I could try every recipe in this book. It and her site, http://www.101cookbooks.com, really inspire me to cook and create, healthily and beautifully. I guess, what more could a cookbook author want?

  3. 4 out of 5

    sadie

    I'm in love. This book and I we are going to run away together and live a mad, impetuous life of inspired book designed, creative culinary culture, and just soul-satisfying food everything. I'm both in awe and depressed when I read it. I can't eat many of the ingredients featured but ... this book causes my heart to sing, nonetheless. OMGG. sooo veddy good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    Plain (non-slick) paper, lots of photographs (close ups of the prepared food), blurb is above the title (which is a large bold font), the ingredients is in a small plain font, but the instructions are in a bold font, which makes them easily read. Contents include: Introduction; 7 sections of recipes; Sources; acknowledgements; and Index. Breakfast: Muesli; Granola; Oatmeal; Spinach strata; Fruit salad; Sun toast; lemon zested bulgur; Baked oatmeal; and Crepes Lunch: Open faced egg sandwich; Summer Plain (non-slick) paper, lots of photographs (close ups of the prepared food), blurb is above the title (which is a large bold font), the ingredients is in a small plain font, but the instructions are in a bold font, which makes them easily read. Contents include: Introduction; 7 sections of recipes; Sources; acknowledgements; and Index. Breakfast: Muesli; Granola; Oatmeal; Spinach strata; Fruit salad; Sun toast; lemon zested bulgur; Baked oatmeal; and Crepes Lunch: Open faced egg sandwich; Summer squash soup; Mostly not potato salad; Whole grain rice salad; Mixed melon bowl; Ravioli salad; Panzanella (w/ soy); Mixed green salad; White beans & cabbage; Chanterelle tacos; and Orzo salad Snacks: Avocados & mustard seeds; Hard cooked eggs w/ dukkah; Turnip chips; White bean spread; Honeyed manouri; Spinach chop; and Little quinoa patties Dinner: Farro soup; Harissa ravioli; Pan fried mung beans w/ tempeh (soy); Summer linguine; Stuffed tomatoes; Mushroom saute; Green lentil soup; Cauliflower soup; Black sesame otsu; and Miso curry delicata Drinks: Tinto de verano (red wine); Cucumber cooler; Iced white tea; Shandy; rose geranium prosecco; Mixed citrus juice; and Sparkling panakam Treats: Muscovado sunflower kernels; Watermelon salad; Membrillo cake; Sweet panazella; Macaroon tart; Honey & rosewater tapioca; and Tutti Frutti crumble Accompaniments: Whole grain mustard; Dipping sauce; Blackberry maple compote: asimple pot of beans; Wild rice; Toasted nuts & seeds; Poached eggs; Butter(s); Creme fraiche; Roasted strawberries; and Oven roasted cherry tomatoes I like this book, I like the recipes except those w/ soy (but I can change that).... Some of the recipes are easier to make than others...... I'd be more than happy to eat these, if there was someone to cook them for me!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Given how many food bloggers have raved about this book and given my appreciation for Heidi Swanson's own food blog, I really thought I'd like this book. To my surprise, I really did not. Many of the recipes struck me as slightly odd and I had serious doubts about whether they'd actually be tasty to a palette that isn't limited to a "natural foods kitchen." And also, so. much. dairy! As someone who can't tolerate dairy I thought it likely that this book would include a decent sampling of vegan r Given how many food bloggers have raved about this book and given my appreciation for Heidi Swanson's own food blog, I really thought I'd like this book. To my surprise, I really did not. Many of the recipes struck me as slightly odd and I had serious doubts about whether they'd actually be tasty to a palette that isn't limited to a "natural foods kitchen." And also, so. much. dairy! As someone who can't tolerate dairy I thought it likely that this book would include a decent sampling of vegan recipes (in my experience, "natural foods kitchen" people -- and especially the vegetarians -- eat at least some portion vegan) but no, pretty much everything depended on butter and/or cream for flavor. That's fine, I know that plenty of people are perfectly happy eating dairy, but it just surprised me. I'd say there are maybe five recipes in this book that I'd actually be interested in trying, and only the baked oatmeal really stands out (and I can already find plenty of alterations of Heidi's version on the internet). 2.5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    I am an avid follower of Heidi and adore her simple and natural recipes that so subtly introduce me to new ingredients and creative ways of preparing them. Her cooking is right along my nutrition alley and although I am not a vegetarian, I love veggies much more and can easily forget about meat. After having tried many of her recipes from her website, I decided to give this book a try. By now, I have prepared about 80% of the dishes in the book, most all of the lunch and dinner recipes. The quin I am an avid follower of Heidi and adore her simple and natural recipes that so subtly introduce me to new ingredients and creative ways of preparing them. Her cooking is right along my nutrition alley and although I am not a vegetarian, I love veggies much more and can easily forget about meat. After having tried many of her recipes from her website, I decided to give this book a try. By now, I have prepared about 80% of the dishes in the book, most all of the lunch and dinner recipes. The quinoa patties stand out, and so does the summer squash soup, the cauliflower soup (which is the best one I have made to date), eggplant with tempeh is great and so is the weeknight curry. I prepare most of them as described, but sometimes may modify a bit. Egg salad, for example, has to have a touch of mustard for me. I searched like crazy for Delicata Squash, and even during squash season, I was unable to find it. Some recipes are a little too simple and lack spark, such as the dandelion greens with chick peas. It would be good if Heidi could make suggestions on how to combine her dishes to make them more complete. I did not try much from the breakfast section since I during that time of day I am usually at work. The oatmeal is delicious, however. And many of her recipes are also very carb-intensive which does not always fit my meal plan, especially the breakfast selection where I prefer a protein shake with fresh fruit. I also still want to try some desert recipes but I just don’t find much time for baking anymore. Today I had good intentions, but Whole Foods did not have plums, so I could not make the buttermilk plum cake, but made the Chocolate cake currently on her website, which turned out great. So, truly, over the last year, my take-to-work lunches were inspired by Heidi and many times my co-workers eyed over my shoulder wondering what it is that I am eating. My pantry is now well-stocked with coconut milk, maple syrup, quinoa of all colors, soba noodles, and green lentils, all of them wonderful wholesome and healthy foods. I am amazed how a few red pepper flakes in olive oil can add so much flavor, or cumin seeds toasted and added to butter. Heidi has truly perfected her cooking and her recipes make me feel great.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library

    The What's Cooking discussion group had a very mixed reaction to this book. The average of our rating was 2.5 stars. We had two participants that thought it did not warrant any stars, and one participant who thought it should have 4.5 stars. This cookbook is difficult for some people to connect with not simply because it is a vegetarian cookbook, but because it is difficult for people with allergies (soy, nut, and dairy) to find recipes that they are able to eat and enjoy. We sampled the followin The What's Cooking discussion group had a very mixed reaction to this book. The average of our rating was 2.5 stars. We had two participants that thought it did not warrant any stars, and one participant who thought it should have 4.5 stars. This cookbook is difficult for some people to connect with not simply because it is a vegetarian cookbook, but because it is difficult for people with allergies (soy, nut, and dairy) to find recipes that they are able to eat and enjoy. We sampled the following recipes... - Millet Muffins - Shandy - Chanterelle Tacos - White Bean Dip with Pita Chips - Ginger Cookies - Eggs with Dukkah Spice - Cauliflower Soup - Quinoa Patties - Pomegranate Glazed Eggplant with Tempeh - Stuffed Dates The White Bean Dip and Shandy were the most liked recipes. All the other dishes had mixed reviews...each recipe had those who loved it and those who didn't like it at all. We thought that the layout, font and photos were very good in this book. We really like when recipes are contained on one page or on facing pages. We wished that Swanson provided more hints/notes/substitution suggestions. One participant would have liked to know what size onion to cut up for the Quinoa Patties. Another sought help from her local grocer during her search for Asian Eggplant (same as regular eggplant - just more tubular) and Pomegranate Molasses (just cook down pomegranate juice). We think that your enjoyment of this cookbook will all depend on your level of healthy eating/vegetarianism and of food allergies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shari Henry

    In keeping with my newest kick of growing my own food and eating more plants, I picked up this book because it seemed as if it would support my efforts and, well, I liked the cover. It's beautiful. Calming, even. I read a few reviews before I dug in, where I learned the author could sometimes be "preachy" but the information was good. NPR said the book contained recipes for "every day" (as promised) but that were certainly not "everyday." I leafed through the Introduction, reading about where the In keeping with my newest kick of growing my own food and eating more plants, I picked up this book because it seemed as if it would support my efforts and, well, I liked the cover. It's beautiful. Calming, even. I read a few reviews before I dug in, where I learned the author could sometimes be "preachy" but the information was good. NPR said the book contained recipes for "every day" (as promised) but that were certainly not "everyday." I leafed through the Introduction, reading about where the author shopped, what she keeps in her pantry, tools she considers critical, and then, a few helpful guidelines. The recipes are easy enough to prepare, and, while healthy, are not so out-of-the ordinary - in a good way; I'm not likely to eat unfamiliar foods every day. First up for me will be the granola with orange zest and the wild rice casserole with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. Photos accompanying the recipes are beautiful, by the way. Finally, the list of sources at the book's end is very useful. I sauntered out to the author's blog, and found that helpful too. How did I not know about 101 Cookbooks before now? I found the book delightful, worthwhile, and useful. If this is preaching, then preach on, Heidi Swanson.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I could live on a diet of Heidi Swanson recipes for the rest of my life and die a contented, well-nourashed, happy person!!! My two editors at Random House sent me this gem of a cookbook for the holidays and I am crazy in love with it! The recipes are easy to follow, quick, convenient, and absolutely delicious! My New Year's resolution was to eat less meat, and nourish this old bod with some good fresh-from-the-earth foods and this book is the vehicle to keeping that promise! So far, I've droppe I could live on a diet of Heidi Swanson recipes for the rest of my life and die a contented, well-nourashed, happy person!!! My two editors at Random House sent me this gem of a cookbook for the holidays and I am crazy in love with it! The recipes are easy to follow, quick, convenient, and absolutely delicious! My New Year's resolution was to eat less meat, and nourish this old bod with some good fresh-from-the-earth foods and this book is the vehicle to keeping that promise! So far, I've dropped three pounds without trying, (squee!) and I'm loooooooving each new culinary adventure! I've NEVER eaten so well or loved my meals so much...from the pomegranate-glazed eggplant, the wild rice salad, the yellow split peas and greens and my favorite go-to recipe - the white beans and cabbage...have mercy! Best. Cookbook. EVER!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Millicent

    This is the recipe book from Heidi Swanson, of the very popular food blog 101cookbooks.com. It's a site I have visited often. The photography is spectacular, and I have tried some of the recipes from the website. They were original and lovely. I expected my experience of this book to be similar. But the recipes were really drab. I tried the Wild Rice Casserole, I am still trying to figure out what to do with the remains of it. I want to throw it away, but my partner doesn't want to be wasteful. This is the recipe book from Heidi Swanson, of the very popular food blog 101cookbooks.com. It's a site I have visited often. The photography is spectacular, and I have tried some of the recipes from the website. They were original and lovely. I expected my experience of this book to be similar. But the recipes were really drab. I tried the Wild Rice Casserole, I am still trying to figure out what to do with the remains of it. I want to throw it away, but my partner doesn't want to be wasteful. The Black sesame Otsu was an alright snack but my partner thought it bland. And I tried the Miso-Delicata Squash. The flavors just didn't come together well enough for me in that dish. So disappointed. The recipes were really bland, and what I thought would be the most exciting recipes turned out to be at best 'meh'.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat Williams

    This cookbook is an all-natural gem! The recipes are downright delicious! I have made several dishes from this cookbook and haven't felt like I've had to travel round the world to gather all the ingredients, although some are more difficult to locate than others. The millet muffins were enlightening and I'm now a big fan of the boiled eggs with dukkah. Who knew you could make boiled eggs interesting? I know this cookbook and I have many years to go together. None of the recipes have disappointed This cookbook is an all-natural gem! The recipes are downright delicious! I have made several dishes from this cookbook and haven't felt like I've had to travel round the world to gather all the ingredients, although some are more difficult to locate than others. The millet muffins were enlightening and I'm now a big fan of the boiled eggs with dukkah. Who knew you could make boiled eggs interesting? I know this cookbook and I have many years to go together. None of the recipes have disappointed me yet. Way better than that 90s Casseroles compilation I picked up at a yard sale last summer. And that's saying something. I'm a Hoosier and casseroles are serious business. They are the bread and butter (pickles) to our Midwestern creed. ;) Every time you finish one of Heidi's meals you feel rejuvenated. No regrets here! Healthy, clean, and wholesome eating. Enjoy ya'll!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Collins

    If you purchased a big sack of spelt in a fit of wholesome intentions and find it still sitting in your pantry 6 months later, this book (along with “Ancient Grains”) is for you! It’s chock full of delicious, uncomplicated recipes that leave you feeling genuinely nourished, without spending all day toiling with obscure ingredients. Really, anything that can get me to look forward to bulgur as much as pasta is genius – and this does it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecka WLLPWR

    So many of these recipes have become die-hard favourites that I make again and again. Sure, there are a lot of hard-to-get ingredients and one or two dishes I didn't really care for (especially remember a nasty chick-pea soup with egg yolks and yoghurt..brrr...) Over all this is a book that's been increadibly inspiring and has recipes that actually turn out well. Plus the photos are gorgeous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    I just bought it last night at her booksigning here in Portland.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This book was just as useful of a resource as her blog. I love her recipes and how nicely they go together. I must own this for the kitchen cookbook shelf.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    I've followed 101 Cookbooks for years, and while I rarely actually make any of Swanson's recipes, I love her sensibilities. I love her ideas in the kitchen, her commitment to vegetables, and her photography and writing. Her musings on dinner are delightful (and sound a lot like my own life, husband managing the compost bin and all): "I'm a believer that dinner is what you make of it, and it always has the potential to be something special. It's the time of day when the people in your life can com I've followed 101 Cookbooks for years, and while I rarely actually make any of Swanson's recipes, I love her sensibilities. I love her ideas in the kitchen, her commitment to vegetables, and her photography and writing. Her musings on dinner are delightful (and sound a lot like my own life, husband managing the compost bin and all): "I'm a believer that dinner is what you make of it, and it always has the potential to be something special. It's the time of day when the people in your life can come together to share and reflect on the day--to enjoy a meal together, however simple or complex. Dinner around here ranges from the simplest preparations to elaborate weekend undertakings, and everything in between. Sometimes making dinner is a solo endeavor, and other times a team effort. There are countless nights I find myself in the kitchen, Wayne to the right of me; I'm chopping, he's rinsing. I'm measuring lentils. He's crushing garlic. I pop the cork on a bottle of cider. He's making sure the compost bin is under control." (126) Recipes bookmarked: * Chanterelle tacos * Avocados and mustard seeds (an Indian-inspired riff on guacamole) * Miso-curry delicata squash with tofu * Honey and rose water tapioca * Whole grain mustard (my previous attempt at homemade mustard lacks...something, and maybe Swanson has the answer!)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a great natural foods cookbook. The salads were very creative, and I liked that there were a lot of casseroles and easy to make or prep ahead items. She lives in northern CA, and tends to forget that most of us won't be able to pop outside and grab a sprig of organic rose geranium when the urge hits. She's not that down to earth. But the recipes are sound (even some drinks!) and the photos are beautiful, though there isn't one for every recipe. This is great if you're looking to ease more This is a great natural foods cookbook. The salads were very creative, and I liked that there were a lot of casseroles and easy to make or prep ahead items. She lives in northern CA, and tends to forget that most of us won't be able to pop outside and grab a sprig of organic rose geranium when the urge hits. She's not that down to earth. But the recipes are sound (even some drinks!) and the photos are beautiful, though there isn't one for every recipe. This is great if you're looking to ease more natural food into your diet.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joan54

    Checked this out of MEL and will need to read it again for sure. Lots of yummy recipes to try.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A "hippy-groovy" cookbook with a combination of solid recipes, and ones that need a bit of tweaking.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lane Raskin

    My go-to cookbook. Reliably easy and delicious!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Love this cookbook. Inspiring recipes that are so healthy and nutritious. It definitely doesn't feel like you're on a diet. Recipes are simple and easy to follow.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pixie

    4.5 stars. I have a whole stack of Heidi's books form the library. This one was written at the very beginning of what has become a particular kind of cookbook that I find very appealing. I just re-read it; still awesome. Great healthy recipes, attractive photos.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This is a very good cookbook, even for me, despite it not being officially gluten free or vegan. It seems to be a healthy, plant-based vegetarian sort of diet. I know the author has written other cookbooks, but not having checked them out, I wasn't sure what to expect. The book has a natural, cozy feel to, from first person notes within recipes ("I find that...") to photos of the author and what I presume are friends, family, and local scenery, instead of merely food photographs. I'll admit that This is a very good cookbook, even for me, despite it not being officially gluten free or vegan. It seems to be a healthy, plant-based vegetarian sort of diet. I know the author has written other cookbooks, but not having checked them out, I wasn't sure what to expect. The book has a natural, cozy feel to, from first person notes within recipes ("I find that...") to photos of the author and what I presume are friends, family, and local scenery, instead of merely food photographs. I'll admit that I prefer photos of the recipes, but there was a nice mellow air to this cookbook that complimented the natural and incredibly tasty sounding recipes throughout. I wouldn't buy this cookbook--after all, I try to cook vegan, and this book isn't--there's lots of butter, as well as cheese and eggs. It's also not gluten free; so many of the breakfast items and desserts, as well as any main dishes prepared with seitan, and some other recipes, are simply not safe for me. But many of the dairy items can easily be replaced, so that gave me a little more latitude when choosing recipes to try. The recipes aren't low fat or no refined fat added either, but for some of these dishes I'm willing to make an exception, and others I think I can substitute successfully. I haven't tried any yet, but I copied down several to try. I'm especially intrigued by the Carnival Cookies, which are the only cookie recipe I've ever seen to call for popped popcorn as well as peanuts and chocolate chips and oats. But there are plenty of other creative, wholesome recipes throughout this book that are begging to be tried, including Mostly Not Potato Salad, Summer Squash Soup, Chickpeas and Dandelion Greens, White Beans and Cabbage, Turnip Chips, Tutti Fruity Crumble, and even a savory popcorn featuring mustard and chives, among other ingredients, as well as other recipes. I'm planning to check out Swanson's other cookbooks as well eventually, to see if they are just as full of wholesome, delicious, creative recipe ideas.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm conflicted about how to rate this cookbook. I enjoyed some recipes, disliked others and couldn't try quite a few because of a soybean allergy. Ultimately, it comes down to "Would I buy this cookbook?". The answer is definitely no. Overall, I think this book is good for people who are committed to vegetarianism. While I try to maintain a healthy diet with whole foods, I need my vegetarian cookbooks to acknowledge my typical American diet that includes white flour and sugar. So, they should tak I'm conflicted about how to rate this cookbook. I enjoyed some recipes, disliked others and couldn't try quite a few because of a soybean allergy. Ultimately, it comes down to "Would I buy this cookbook?". The answer is definitely no. Overall, I think this book is good for people who are committed to vegetarianism. While I try to maintain a healthy diet with whole foods, I need my vegetarian cookbooks to acknowledge my typical American diet that includes white flour and sugar. So, they should take the Goldilocks approach and find a balance of whole and processed foods that is just right...especially because I tend not to deviate from a recipe's instructions. I made the following... - Carnival Cookies - They're weird. There's no flour. Bananas and almond meal are the binding agents. There is also popcorn, peanuts and chocolate chips in them. They're good for a late afternoon pick-me-up but definitely not a cookie that I would crave. - Wild Rice Casserole - too bland on its own. The addition of cottage cheese reminded me of 1970's vegetarianism...and not in a good way. - Shandy - a lovely beverage. I mixed Pilsner Urquell and Trader Joe's Lemonade. The lemonade won this non-beer drinker over. - White Bean Dip with Pita Chips - definitely a keeper recipe for me but I'd definitely need to double or trip the quantity for a party. - Stuffed Medjool Dates - another keeper recipe...a simple yet satisfying dessert. In addition to writing cookbooks and an award winning blog, 101 Cookbooks, Swanson is a photographer and shows off this skill in this book. I would have preferred more photos of completed recipes than of landscapes and such even though they were quite lovely. Her instructions are clearly written. Some ingredients are difficult to find, and I would have appreciated more direction (weight/volume/size) with some ingredients i.e. one onion. Small/Medium/Large? 3 oz? 1/3 cup? So, all in all, not a horrible cookbook. I think that its ideal audience is a fairly narrow segment of the cookbook market.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Overall, I really like this book and would definitely recommend it. I follow Heidi's blog 101cookbooks.com and really enjoy her approach to cooking. I'm not vegetarian, but this book is great for helping me incorporate more plant-based foods into my diet. The photography is stunning, and for me, this is a must in cookbooks. I would like to see a photo for every single recipe, but I'm just being nit-picky here. There are photos for most of the dishes in the book. The book is organised in chapters Overall, I really like this book and would definitely recommend it. I follow Heidi's blog 101cookbooks.com and really enjoy her approach to cooking. I'm not vegetarian, but this book is great for helping me incorporate more plant-based foods into my diet. The photography is stunning, and for me, this is a must in cookbooks. I would like to see a photo for every single recipe, but I'm just being nit-picky here. There are photos for most of the dishes in the book. The book is organised in chapters according to the type of meal eg breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, drinks, treats etc. I am a little disappointed that there are quite a few "filler" type of recipes especially in the drinks chapter such as "iced white tea" consisting of water, ice, tea and "ginger tea" which calls for water and knob of ginger. I can see why such recipes add to the repertoire, but I do think that they're not necessary to the book and such recipes can be mentioned on the blog (which is free). The lunch and dinner chapters are definitely my favourite as they are a lot more substantial. Some of my favourite recipes from her book are: Kale salad with toasted coconut and sesame oil Broccoli gribiche (roasted potatoes, red wine vinegar, capers, mustard) Zucchini soup (red thai curry, tofu croutons) Orzo salad with broccoli pesto, lemon, avocado, creme fraiche

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Heidi Swanson is a fantastic cook and food writer. This is a fantastic book with lovely photos and delicious meal ideas. However, as a long-time reader of her food blog, 101cookbooks.com, I felt like this cookbook is somewhat superfluous for me. Many of these recipes have appeared on her website in some incarnation, and many others are variations on a theme that she has been working through (e.g., kale salads, or whole grain muffins). So I have to admit this is one of the rare instances for me w Heidi Swanson is a fantastic cook and food writer. This is a fantastic book with lovely photos and delicious meal ideas. However, as a long-time reader of her food blog, 101cookbooks.com, I felt like this cookbook is somewhat superfluous for me. Many of these recipes have appeared on her website in some incarnation, and many others are variations on a theme that she has been working through (e.g., kale salads, or whole grain muffins). So I have to admit this is one of the rare instances for me where the book is not worth more than the information I can get for free from the Internet. Maybe Heidi has inadvertently created this situation by writing such an amazing, adaptable food blog. But I'm also glad to say that many people will disagree with me and prefer carrying her cookbook into the kitchen rather than a laptop, so Heidi will continue making an income from her books and will continue to be able to spend valuable time on her website.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debra Daniels-zeller

    I'm a big 101 Cookbook fan, so I was excited to get a copy of Heidi's book. Lovely photos--you really get a sense of place with this cookbook, though I'm not sure the black and white photos mixed with color photographs worked for me, but this black and white-color mix seems the way many books are going these days. It's the way blogs are going too. I got a strong sense of place because most of the recipes seemed to have the California landscape in mind. Nevertheless, I made recipe after recipe an I'm a big 101 Cookbook fan, so I was excited to get a copy of Heidi's book. Lovely photos--you really get a sense of place with this cookbook, though I'm not sure the black and white photos mixed with color photographs worked for me, but this black and white-color mix seems the way many books are going these days. It's the way blogs are going too. I got a strong sense of place because most of the recipes seemed to have the California landscape in mind. Nevertheless, I made recipe after recipe and many changed as I made them. My favorite was Cauliflower Soup with Mustard Croutons. The only downside to this book for me was since I don't eat cheese not all the recipes could be easily adapted. But there were enough recipes to work with and she does some intriguing things with ingredients, like Roasted Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar. I love it when recipes make me consider other possibilities. This book is a keeper on my cookbook shelf.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    I've had this book for a couple of years, but it's taken me this long to really get everyday use out of it. In the beginning, I took the recipes too literally, so I felt intimidated by all the obscure (to me) ingredients many of the recipes called for. Now I substitute wherever necessary to make the process easier for myself, using whatever flour, nuts, oil, or vinegar I have on hand, and going for dried herbs instead of fresh ones. I'm sure I'm missing something by not following the recipes exa I've had this book for a couple of years, but it's taken me this long to really get everyday use out of it. In the beginning, I took the recipes too literally, so I felt intimidated by all the obscure (to me) ingredients many of the recipes called for. Now I substitute wherever necessary to make the process easier for myself, using whatever flour, nuts, oil, or vinegar I have on hand, and going for dried herbs instead of fresh ones. I'm sure I'm missing something by not following the recipes exactly, but what I want from a cookbook is just some instruction to see raw ingredients differently, so I can do something with them besides stir fry or sautee them in Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning (though that's also delicious). This book is excellent for that! Some of my favorite recipes here: broccoli gribiche (really just love growling "GRIBICHE" when I make it); spinach strata; spinach, walnut, and cherry salad; orzo and broccoli pesto salad.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I always love Heidi's books and her blog is my favorite food blog. I have a very long list of things I want to cook from this and so far I've made the: Millet Muffins - loved loved these. Honey kissed, bright with lemon, neat textural crunch of the millet Baked Oatmeal (omitted banana and added frozen strawberries, used almonds instead of walnuts) - nice for when I have more time or a brunch, since I like my morning oats less sweet I'll be going back to my regular Scottish oats topped with almond b I always love Heidi's books and her blog is my favorite food blog. I have a very long list of things I want to cook from this and so far I've made the: Millet Muffins - loved loved these. Honey kissed, bright with lemon, neat textural crunch of the millet Baked Oatmeal (omitted banana and added frozen strawberries, used almonds instead of walnuts) - nice for when I have more time or a brunch, since I like my morning oats less sweet I'll be going back to my regular Scottish oats topped with almond butter and fruit but this was a nice change and I will enjoy the leftovers while they last Broccoli Gribache - awesome!! (I used 3 tbsp vinegar to just a little more than 1/4c olive oil because I like it vinegar-y so as a result I had just enough dressing rather than extra so next time I'll make more just to have)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen Roll

    This book is fantastic. I've long been a fan of Heidi's egg salad made with greek yoghurt instead of mayo. But, there are more gems in this book for sure! We especially love the muesli recipe from the breakfast section, which has lead to a new evening routine of prepping a bowl to soak overnight (so much better than porridge for these hot summer days) and the easy cabbage dish is a favorite cheap supper with a few pieces of chicken sausage added for good measure (and eliminating the parmesan). S This book is fantastic. I've long been a fan of Heidi's egg salad made with greek yoghurt instead of mayo. But, there are more gems in this book for sure! We especially love the muesli recipe from the breakfast section, which has lead to a new evening routine of prepping a bowl to soak overnight (so much better than porridge for these hot summer days) and the easy cabbage dish is a favorite cheap supper with a few pieces of chicken sausage added for good measure (and eliminating the parmesan). Swanson's style of cooking is full of new ideas and ingredients, with plentiful potential for healthful variations. You have to put on your adventurous cap, but even the riskiest looking recipes turn out beautiful - bulgher wheat for breakfast? Let me let you in on a secret: I topped mine with chocolate chips! To die for!

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