Last year I reviewed Kathy Hester’s Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You and loved her recipes. So I was excited to see her latest book, OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain. It’s equally gorgeous and inventive. I never, ever thought someone could come up with an entire cookbook of recipes using oats, but Kathy has!
Layout and design:
The book begins with a brief overview of oats, cooking techniques, and the cholesterol-lowering benefits. Recipes are organized in the following chapters: homemade staples, warming oats for fall and winter, cooling breakfast oats for spring and summer, granolas and bar, soups and stews, savory oats for lunch or dinner, delightful desserts, drinks, and beyond the dining room: other uses for oats. The layout is attractive, with nice use of a variety of type faces. It appears that all the text except for the titles is in gray type instead of black, making it more difficult to read. And the type is pretty small. I can’t read it without reading glasses, and many books I still can in regular light.
Most recipes have a full-page full color photo, all by Kate Lewis and all stunning. It’s not an easy task taking great photos of beige food, and the styling and choices about which recipes to photograph are terrific.
Everything looks delicious. Recipes that caught my eye include: easy oat roti, butternut squash maple walnut scones, blueberry earl grey overnight refrigerator oats, sun-dried tomato and kalamata olive savory granola, Scottish-inspired mushroom lentil stew, eggplant pizza sliders, turtle oat truffles, chocolate mint creamer, and soothing lavender oat bath soak.
What I liked about the book:
It’s beautiful. I like that each recipe is labeled if it’s gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free. Wonderful variety of recipes. Nutritional analysis provided, so low-sodium eaters know if recipes will work for them.
I wasn’t so keen on:
I wish it was a little easier to read.
vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, gluten-free eaters
Not recommended for:
Migraine, grain-free, paleo, or salt-free diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.