Normally I would wait to see what others have to say before I order a book, but I got to preview the first chapter of this through Amazon Instant Kindle, after wondering for a few weeks what's inside.
This is a hardcover book from Ten Speed Press, the same publisher as Heidi's Super Natural books, and it's got a similar feel to it. One major difference is the pictures - while there are pictures, and they are pretty, there are not that many of them.
The author grew up in Greece and Germany, lives half the year in the US, and married into a large Indian family. The Greek/Mediterranean influence is clear, but I didn't notice much (if any) Indian influence, and only a tiny bit of Germany came through.
The first chapter of the book, which you can read on Amazon Instant Kindle, has a lot of sentiments from the author, plus notes on how to store whole grains, etc. - the basics that you would expect here. The rest of the book is organized into the following chapters: Breakfast, Brunch, & Breads; Salads & Sides; Soups & Stews; Burgers, Savory Cakes, & More; Pasta; Modern Mains; and Sweet Endings.
A few last thoughts... I wish there were more bread recipes, I believe there are 3 or so, but I would have liked to see more uses for whole grain flours. There are a few recipes that have nothing to do with whole grains, but would go well with some of the other...
Now that have been using this book for a few months a can say that I love it. Use it a lot. Either for inspiration or when I miss inspiration but still want to cook a good meal. I can rely on her recipes. Either for breakfast,, bread or a more classic dinner.
A Must for someone who likes whole grain, classy food and savory meal (which I do!)
I read a small review of this book yesterday in the Wall Street Journal and now I am tempted to get it. Does anyone have it?
I've had this book out from the library for quite a while, and I really like it a lot. It has an interesting and eclectic selection of recipes and the background info on each one is fun to read. I like the way the book reflects the background of the author, her personality (she seems very enthusiastic about good food!) and her culinary background (Greek and German).
The 4 or 5 recipes I've tried so far have all worked well. I rarely buy cookbooks any more, but may have to make an exception for this one.