The book: Super Grains by Jenni Muir
The angle: Take the mystery out of whole grains and bring on the fun!
Recipes for right now: Millet Congee, Multi-Grain Scones, Persian-Style Barley Soup, Sorghum Chicken Salad with Coconut and Lime, Brown Rice and Chia Lunch Bowl, Crab with Buckwheat and Spelt, Oat and Pecan Cake
Who would enjoy this book? Folks wanting to cook with more whole grains but who are unsure where to start.
• Who wrote it: Jenni Muir
• Who published it: Hamlyn
• Number of recipes: Over 120
• Other highlights: Most of us walking by the bulk bin section at the grocery store will have one of two reactions: a feeling of panic when faced with the wealth of choices, or the instant desire to grab all the fancy grains.Either way, I love this advice from Jenni Muir: "Just pick two. Seriously. Try them a few different ways. If you like them, buy them again —and try another one as well." She goes on to say that not all grains are for everyone, so if you don't like one grain you try, just try another. She says, "The aim here is to include a wider variety of whole grains in your diet, not to have a wide variety of whole grains sitting uneaten in the pantry."
I really like this approach. It feels practical and non-intimidating, and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. All the recipes sound instantly appealing, and Muir also gives us plenty of "Cook's Notes" with extra ideas, how to switch up the recipes, and serving suggestions. This helps us feel comfortable with these new grains and teaches us how to bring them into our everyday cooking.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Super Grains by Jenni Muir
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