The reasons in a nutshell to love this book:
1. I can generally find the ingredients in small town Iowa.
2. The recipes taste good, are simply created, and are pretty darned healthy.
3. The pictures are great, and the text is easy to read and informative.
4. I am no chef. I cook for three little girls and a husband, and all recipes I've tried from Robin's cookbook have definite positive approval ratings. (It's hard to please all the kids all at the same time.)
5. Lots of substitution suggestions help me out greatly as I generally fly by the seat of my pantry.
I had some whole grains (quinoa, barley, and wheat berries, I believe) hanging around that only were used once in a blue moon whenever I thought, hey, maybe I can soak them, cook them, and what the hey, throw them in some soup or something. I had these in my pantry because I love to collect food items at the nearest Mennonite bulk food store, which is precisely where I procured these whole grains, but that is where the relationship between me and my grains ended unless they met my soup. When I have tried finding recipes for whole grains in the past, I was usually faced with some critical seasonings or ingredients that just did not exist around here in the town in Iowa I live in, you know, all 2000 of us in this dinky town. We just don't have things like fish paste or even not-so-exotic items that I've run into in my other cookbooks that mention whole grains. Alas, my adventure with cooking with whole grains stopped before it ever started.
I received this cookbook in my hot little hands and my eyes popped wide open. The recipes are good, varied, and simple enough for me to use. Finally, something besides soup to throw my whole grains in! I've tried a new recipe about each week since receiving the book with my favorite thus far probably being the premade biscuit mix (after the biscuits are made, of course). There are also handy tips on how to prepare the grains along with the recipes, a feature I appreciated.
The book's recipes pass my family's taste test, which is a great thing. I am always trying to encourage healthy eating and lots of fiber. Thank you for this wonderful cookbook, Robin!