At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well Hardcover – Oct 21 2014
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"At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen is an inspiring book full of recipes that are both for our health and pleasure. Who says wholesome food can't be beautiful, too? The food looks gorgeous! I look forward to using this book in my own kitchen.”—Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“At Home in The Whole Food Kitchen features some of the finest plant-based recipes available, and presents a wealth of information on food, health and ingredients. This creative work, directly from the bright spirit of Amy Chaplin, encourages us to discover the healing value of preparing authentic food.”—Paul Pitchford, author of Healing with Whole Foods
“At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen is a guide for both health and pleasure. From personal experience, I know that Amy's cooking and recipes are exceptional—my whole family loves the meals I prepare using them. From chia pudding to butternut squash lasagna, Amy creates food that's good for you and that you dream of having again and again.”—Natalie Portman
“Amy Chaplin’s beautiful cookbook, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, should be a staple in every pantry—vegetarian or not.”—Spirituality & Health magazine
About the Author
AMY CHAPLIN has worked as a vegetarian chef for over twenty years. She is the former executive chef of New York’s renowned vegan restaurant Angelica Kitchen, a recipe developer, a teacher, and a private chef whose clients include Natalie Portman and Liv Tyler. Amy’s delicious vegan and vegetarian cuisine has appeared in numerous publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, Whole Living, New York magazine, the Guardian, and Fitness. She is also a regular contributor to the Food Network’s HealthyEats blog. A native of Australia, over the last two decades Chaplin has worked as a chef in Amsterdam, London, Sydney, and New York. She currently resides in New York City.
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To me, this book is an invitation to engage in the nourishing rituals of shopping for quality ingredients (whole, seasonal, local, organic) and preparing them in a way that delivers maximum taste and health benefits. Amy Chaplin’s professional background shines through these pages: her experience as a chef, recipe developer and teacher is evident in the perfectly composed recipes and the clear, concise instructions.
The first part of the book offers thoughtful, well-edited sections on ingredients, equipment, and techniques, where Amy shares a cooking philosophy that is gentle for our health and for the planet: practical strategies to reduce plastic use; methods for soaking and preparing grains, beans and nuts; etc.
This is followed by more than 150 inspiring recipes that comprise a nice balance of simple, quick recipes for busy days and recipes that require more time or involve several components. Throughout the book Amy offers several suggestions for meal/menu composition and I especially enjoyed her description of “A week of meals in my kitchen.” There are also many great tips that will enhance my cooking skills; for example, Amy suggests adding an umeboshi plum instead of salt when cooking rice and the result is indeed very good.Read more ›
The first ~50 pages of this book are dedicated to tools, equipment, ect, followed by some 'essential' recipes (how to cook various grain and beans, make nut & seed milks, toast nuts & seeds and roast vegetables) and pantry recipes ( simple recipes some of which would count as great meals for me, condiments and ferments). Here's where it starts to get interesting in Part 2: The Recipes. The pages that follow are peppered with interesting, inviting and overall appealing recipes.
So far we have tried the creamy cauliflower and celery root soup with roasted s***akes garnish (simple in prep, but gourmet results) which everyone loved, fragrant eggplant curry with cardamom-infused basmati rice and tangy apricot chutney (good flavour mix, I reduced the amount of tomatoes by half) the tempeh portobello burgers (amazing... these were so, so, so good though a little hard to shape - I will make them again and again...), and the beet chickpea cakes (which according to the husband tasted like 'Christmas in his mouth', but were again hard to shape). By warned that portion sizes must be massive because we had a substantial amount of leftovers for most recipes (which was a great thing).
Its hard to say which recipes I want to try, because I pretty much want to try them all. At the top of my list to try are the plum millet muffins, black rice breakfast pudding, summer rolls with macadamia lime sauce, and the beet tartlets with poppy seed crust and white bean fennel filling.
This book has a great layout, good pictures, and the recipes are a good balance of easy & quick and those that are more complex and time consuming. This has been a great addition to our cookbook collection!
Update: I am removing a star as the binding is really poor quality and my book is falling apart (with gentle use).
I am looking forward to buying copies of this book for my plant-based, whole-food loving friends! I am also really looking forward to following your blog.
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Such unique and delicious recipes. The chocolate cake in this book blew me and my dinner guests mind away. So much flavor with inspiring photos on every page. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Colleen R.
I wasn't expecting to really love this cookbook but from the moment I opened the cover and Amy begins to share her stories as a child ,experiences as an adult coupled with the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jbg
The ingredients and the recipes are beautifully presented. This is a guide to eating well that empowers the user.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
So far I only tried a few recipes but they were all delicious. The book is beautiful with a lot of photos and useful information. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julie Lefebvre
There is no denying that the recipes are gorgeous and delicious. However, I was very disappointed when I started flipping through the book and discovered that so many of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Smadar Brandes
Very instructive, if you want to go that way and I want!
Very helpful and done with "order".
I bought this book just before Christmas and wanted to try a few recipes before posting a review. I have made several by now, and most of them I would definitely will be making... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Luciana
Love the book but I also have the issue of poor construction, its brand new and already pages are falling off.Published 20 months ago by Mariana