75 recipes using ancient grains from plant-based author Kim Lutz
My amazing friend Kim Lutz from Welcoming Kitchen was hard at work last summer developing the recipes for her latest book Ancient Grains: A Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Millet, Oats, Spelt, Farro, Sorghum & Teff, and now it’s here! I featured her chickpea hemp veggie burgers recipe last month.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into nine chapters: Getting to know ancient grains, Why whole grains?, Basic recipes, Breakfast, Soups & salads, Entrées for lunch & dinner, Baked goods, Desserts, and Frequently asked questions. The book is part of a series that includes Kim’s last book Super Seeds. The design is consistent with the series and is user-friendly.
There are nine color photos in the center of the book by Bill Milne, plus sepia-toned photos to illustrate the various grains and other ingredients are used throughout.
Recipes include salsa millet hash, mushroom sorghum soup, teff-lentil sloppy joes, chocolate chip scones, and peanut butter snack cake. Note that all recipes are plant-based, but not all are gluten-free (those including spelt and farro are not gluten-free). Many are nut-free.
What I liked about the book:
An excellent overview of less-familiar grains with plenty of recipes provided. Kim’s recipes do not include long lists of unfamiliar ingredients and all are family-friendly, since she cooks for her husband and sons on a regular basis.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. All the recipes could easily be low-sodium as she doesn’t use processed ingredients and salt can be omitted.
low-sodium, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free diets (see note above for low-sodium and gluten-free/celiac diets)
Not recommended for:
Migraine or paleo 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.