I was recently sent this cutting edge cookery book on grains to review. Entitled Grains as Mains and written by Laura Agar Wilson, it features a comprehensive collection of modern recipes using ancient grains.
Ancient grains first cooked thousands of years ago are now back in vogue, as more and more people become more health conscious and actively seek out food that is nourishing as well as being delicious.
It contains over 150 modern and exciting recipes where grains are the star ingredient. You are sure to find plenty of inspiration here on learning now to prepare and cook a variety of different grains . . . including spelt, quinoa, buckwheat, faro and plenta. Nutrious grains that are not only delicious, but also highly nutritious, protein rich and packed with vitamins.
On it's pages you will find comprehensive information on a variety of ancient grains, illustrating the health giving benefits for each as well as providing step by step preparation and cooking techniques for a variety of delicious and stunning international dishes where grains are used as the main ingredients.
Recipes such as Soaked Buckwheat Pancakes, Italian Tomato and Barley Risotto, Beef Quinoa Meatballs and Strawberry Polenta Shortcakes are sure to inspire you to start experimenting with dishes, whilst an additional "Grain Exchange" feature offers suggestions for substituing alternative grains into recipes, as well as other ingredient variations.
Thirteen chapters in all with recipes for everthing from appetizers to all things sweet, this is truly a beautiful book . . . with gorgeous photographs and a fabulous design. I think this is the perfect cooking companion for those who are seeking healthier options.
The proof of the pudding is always in the eating and I have chosen to share with you a deliciously different Tabbouleh Recipe from the book, using Bulgar wheat. Normally Tabbouleh is a mix of cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, mint and Bulgar. This version is quite different in that it uses creamy avocado and coriander leaves, along with a tangy lime dressing. Delicious!
*Avocado, Coriander, and Lime Tabbouleh*Serves 4
Grains as Mains, by Laura Agar Wilson
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