The angle: Forget trendy diets — it's all about eating the way our great-grandparents ate.
Recipes for right now: Pea and Radish Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing, Skyr, Shirred Eggs with Gravlax and Asparagus, Pan-Fried Veal with Shallots, Sprouted Three-Grain Bread, Marrow Beans with Swiss Chard and Lemon, Roasted Sweet Cherry Fool
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone wanting to cook closer to home, both literally and figuratively
• Who wrote it: Jennifer McGruther
• Who published it: Ten Speed Press
• Number of recipes: 160
• Other highlights: The Nourished Kitchen represents balance in a time where various fad diets and lifestyle trends seem to compete daily across newsfeeds for our attention. It's a cookbook that takes Michael Pollan's directive not to eat anything "...your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food" and actually gives us a meal plan. Some of the recipes are about making things yourself — yogurt, sauerkraut, beef bone broth — while others are about putting them to use — a kombucha vinaigrette for a salad, sourdough pancakes for breakfast.
Besides recipes, Jennifer McGruther gives us lots of asides on subjects like choosing the best eggs, how to make use of bones, and using honey as a sweetener. These essays support the overall educational tone of the book and help us understand some of the thought behind the recipes.
You could call this a manual for an old-way of living that has fallen by the wayside in the past few decades — but still hip enough to engage our modern palates.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther
• Visit the author's website: Jennifer McGruther
• More from Jenny on The Kitchn: Jenny McGruther's 5 Essentials for a Warm and Nourishing Winter Kitchen
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