I am finishing up my natural food chef training (it was on my bucket list), and spotted this book yesterday. We learned a little about superfoods, and made a few recipes that used some of them, but that was about it. So a huge thank you to Julie Morris, for writing such a terrific book about Superfoods. Morris explains what a superfood is, why we need nutrient dense foods, and how to set up your kitchen, both in equipment and ingredients. I particularly appreciate her extensive explanation of ingredients. For example, what is a Camu Camu Berry, flavor notes for the berry, recommended forms of it, and the use of them. The book features gorgeous photography, which Morris did herself, and a beautiful layout and design, which shows her background in design before becoming a Natural Foods Chef. It would benefit all of us to eat more of these amazing foods and this book presents everything so clearly. The recipes look like they would appeal to just about everyone.
The recipes look fresh, fabulous, and yes, the ingredients might seem strange if you are not used to superfoods. But the whole point is to learn what they are, and how to cook with them. The recipes will appeal to a wide range of people, not just those into 'health foods'. So they will be great to sneak into your spouse's diet or your kids food as well. The ingredient lists contain a special symbol to annotate which of the foods are superfoods. The recipes are arranged as follows:
Breakfasts (Banana Seed Bread, Goldenberry Pancakes, Cinnamon-Almond Granola with Mulberries)
Soups (Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Tomato and Quinoa Soup)
Salads (Hearty Kale Salad, Arugula and Asian Pear Salad with Lemon Camu Vinaigrette)
Entrees (Mediterranean Vegetable Pizza, Black Bean-Hemp Protein Patties, Quinoa with Secret Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes)
Sides (Hemp Hummus, Olive Caviar)
Snacks (Energizer Trail Mix, Chocolate Hemp and Oat Bars)
Sweets (Acai Berry Truffles, Raw Chocolate, Acai Berry Cheesecake)
Drinks (Antioxidant Paradise Smoothie, Chocolate Berry Protein Shake)
Then there are extra (helpful) sections, such as Charts (like the Superfood Substitution Cheat Sheet), and an Ingredient Resources Guide. I would not be surprised if the natural foods cooking schools ended up using this as a text and creating a new section specifically on the topic of Superfoods. Well done Julie Morris!