Review | Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady | Recipe Renovator

Gorgeous whole foods cookbook from Canadian blogger Tara O’Brady.


I requested Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day from Blogging for Books because the cover image was so incredibly enticing. I was not familiar with Tara O’Brady’s beautiful blog Seven Spoons (So. Many. Blogs.), so the book was a lovely surprise. O’Brady has been blogging for ten years, and her blog has won several awards.This cookbook is a compilation of her favorite recipes, as well as a bit of a food memoir. If you’re a fan of Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks, you’ll love Seven Spoons as well.
Review | Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady | Recipe Renovator

Layout and design:

The book is beautifully designed by Nami Kurita, with chapters on breads & breakfasts, lunches, soup starters & snacks, suppers, vegetables & sides, sweets treats & sips, and staples. The recipes have long to very long head notes (stories), which means the recipe often goes onto a second page. That, and the layout of the recipes with ingredients in three columns and instructions in a paragraph, makes the book a bit less user-friendly. The hardcover book comes without a dust jacket (which I love), and high-quality matte-finish paper.
Review | Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady | Recipe Renovator

Photography:

Beautiful full-color, full-page photographs by the author enhance every other recipe page. Lifestyle photographs give you a feel for her ingredients and her life.
Review | Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady | Recipe Renovator

Recipes:

Recipes include dipper eggs with cheese-fried toast soldiers, baked eggs North Indian-style, celeriac soup with green horseradish oil, fuss-free roast chicken with lemon and herbs, roasted red pepper feta and onion salad, blood orange stout cake, and basil-buttermilk dressing. Recipes are traditional, including wheat flour, sugar, eggs, and meat (although much more vegetarian than not).

What I liked about the book:

Beautiful look and feel, inspiring recipes, great stories.

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.

Recommended for:

traditional, vegetarian, whole foods diets

Not recommended for:

Migraine, low-sodium, paleo, vegan, celiac, gluten-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.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on July 30th, 2015.
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