The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

Emma Christensen
Apr 25, 2014
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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

Quick Facts

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

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