Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients

Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients

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By (author) Heidi Swanson

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  • Publisher: CELESTIAL ARTS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 251mm x 25mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley
  • ISBN 10: 1587612755
  • ISBN 13: 9781587612756
  • Illustrations note: 70 illustrations, col
  • Sales rank: 7,096

Product description

Everyone knows that whole foods are much healthier than refined ingredients, but few know how to cook with them in uncomplicated, delicious ways. Using a palette of natural ingredients now widely available in supermarkets, "Super Natural Cooking" offers globally inspired, nutritionally packed cuisine that is both gratifying and flavorful. With her weeknight-friendly dishes, real-foodie Heidi Swanson teaches home cooks how to become confident in a whole-foods kitchen by experimenting with alternative flours, fats, grains, sweeteners, and more. Including innovative twists on familiar dishes from polenta to chocolate chip cookies, "Super Natural Cooking" is the new wholesome way to eat, using real-world ingredients to get out-of-this-world results.An inspiringly stylish introduction to nutritional superfoods, with an emphasis on whole grains, natural sweeteners, healthy oils, and colorful phytonutrient-packed ingredients.Features 80 recipes, a comprehensive pantry chapter, and 100 stunning full-color photos. Shows how to build a whole-foods pantry with nutrition-rich ingredients like almond oil, pomegranate molasses, and mesquite flour--each explained in detail.Winner of the 2005 Webby Award for best personal website, Heidi Swanson's recipe blog ( attracts close to 500,000 page views a month, making it one of the most widely read recipe journals online.

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Author information

Photographer, cookbook author, and graphic designer HEIDI SWANSON is the creator of the award-winning culinary websites 101 Cookbooks and Mighty Foods. Her work has been featured on NPR and in national and international pubWashington Post, Vegetarian Times, Time, and Life. She lives in San Francisco.

Customer reviews

By Mel Phillipson 23 Jan 2013 5

I follow Heidi's blog, 101 cookbooks, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with her "cook book". She is an inspiration to anyone wanting to improve their diet and delve into some extremely tasty and simple natural cooking. Super Natural Cooking is lovely to look at and interesting to read. Heidi's knowledge with regard to the use of different oil/butters, sugars and flours just makes me want to cook.

By Jemma Kehoe 01 Feb 2010 5

This is an absolutely beautiful book. The illustrations and layout are gorgeous. It's one of the nicest book I have ever owned and is a must for anyone who loves healthy food and pretty pictures.

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"In "Super Natural Cooking", Swanson not only goes a long way toward helping 'whole' foods shed their stale, hippie stigma but also makes a strong case for putting natural foods at the center of an emerging, modern, global cuisine. Her seductive recipes, like lime-bathed peanut salad and an updated (almost guilt-free) take on the classic Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, reach out to cooks who want to eat smart but still do it in style." ""Super Natural Cooking" isn't just any other cookbook; it's meant to inspire and educate, utilizing natural and native ingredients and worldly flavors . . . A great addition to your culinary library as you expand your definition of healthy cooking." -Healing Lifestyles & Spas "A good, solid guide to natural foods, ingredients, and how to use them without the stigma of this food being only boring, bland steamed vegetables and tofu. You'll like her style and simple recipes along with some beautiful photos. Simplicity and ease are great assets of this book." -South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Looking for new ways to eat more naturally and healthfully? "Super Natural Cooking" is full of good ways to expand your use of whole and natural ingredients." -Cincinnati Enquirer ""Super Natural Cooking" provides not just recipes and advice, but a new perspective on food and how to eat what you should." -Baltimore Sun "At last a cookbook is coming that makes natural food appear glamorous and desirable." -UPI (United Press International) Eat to Live column "[T]he book's layout is urbane, the photos lush, the recipes modern and sophisticated. The teff-and-tofu crowd, it seems, has gone high-gloss." -Houston Chronicle

Table of contents

Contents Acknowledgments - vii Introduction - 1 1 Build a Natural Foods Pantry - 5 2 Explore a Wide Range of Grains - 25 3 Cook by Color - 73 4 Know Your Superfoods - 113 5 Use Natural Sweeteners - 159 Basic Recipes and Techniques - 197 Sources - 207 Index - 209