When I first made the decision to become a vegetarian, I was confident, but alone. I had a shelf full of cookbooks, but felt confined to their sections on salads and soups. I was new to the kitchen, and to many of the ingredients avaliable to me. I knew immediately that I needed an education.
I purchased some new books, and subscribed to a few magazines, but it wasn't until I cracked the cover of this absolute GEM that I knew what healthy eating was all about.
What initially drew me in where the creamy photos-- the action shots. The depiction of healthy eating being lived out. Next, I was appreciative of the time spent on every detail of the book. And then of course, I actually looked at the recipes-- which, literally, changed the entire course of my consumption. When I tasted the first bite of chunky lentil soup, I was hooked-- for good-- on Heidi and her inspirational recipes.
I love to give this book as a gift-- and shamelessly have 2 copies for myself. It simply cannot be beat in beauty, quality, and content. In short-- it's an absolute MUST!
It was Supernatural Cooking that first hooked me into the 101 Cookbooks world - prior to buying the book mid last year, I had not heard of Heidi's site, nor did I expect that it would inspire a new way of cooking and exploration of food I didn't commonly use.
I remember when wholefood type books were presented like textbooks - uninspiring, badly photographed and often authored by women with terrible haircuts! There was very little incentive to even pick them up, let alone, actually sit down and read them. SNC is thankfully far, far removed from that style of book.
With the detailed and straight forward explanations of 'How to Build a Better Pantry' as well as the additional notes in the other chapters, so much of the guess work is taken out of understanding many of these ingredients and their properties.
The photography is beautiful - I love the matte, yet clean and bright photographs. Sometimes food photographs don't convey a sense of tasting good, or are not very inviting - Heidi's photos, on the other hand, look delicious.
I have not been disappointed by anything I have made from either SNC or the 101 Cookbooks site (which is now one of my first points of reference). Heidi, you have a great understanding of flavour. Your food is honest, nourishing and refreshing. There is an energy in your food, photography and writing that is both inspiring and uplifting.
Can't wait for the new book!!
I first came across Heidi's super natural cooking in our local library after a friend suggested it too me."now this is my kinda cookbook" I thought. That was about a year ago and I have not been able to get my hands on it since (its always issued out!!)... so the time had come to buy my very own copy!!!! It arrived in the post a few days ago :-) Bliss.
Heidi's food blog is so totally addictive and now I can get my fix without having to sit in front of the computer!!! I'm yet to try anything other that the 'grain-ola' that I first made from the librarys copy, but am super excited to do so!! (the grain-ola by the way is beautifully simple and tasty, who would have thought a little orange zest and coconut oil could transform this often mundain breakfast cereal into something super special-bless heidi.) The photography is AMAZING and I really love the non food pics included in this book. I have to agree with mizzmaggieb that it really does feel like you have been invited to read someones personal diary, oh and what a treat it is!
I've heard so much about the "mesquite chocolate chip cookies" and would really love to try them......although I'm not sure this flour is even available in little ol' New Zealand :-(
Many blessing on this fine cookbook and the many more that will follow I'm sure.
Heidi's book is so inspirational on so many levels.
The first recipe I chose to make was Otsu, and I felt so accomplished when we sat down to eat it. It tasted as great as it looked and it looked almost as lovely as the photo.
It's an excellent choice for novice cooks and those of us who are redefining our dinner choices and leaning vegetarian.
This cookbook has become the backbone of my kitchen. It is the only cook book that I own where I do NOT change the recipes. Although I do find myself regularly making a large pot of white beans to make variations of Giant Crusty and Creamy White Beans, with what ever fresh greens, onions, leeks, , squash, etc. are in the fridge. Also, the Golden -Crusted Brussels Sprouts are served almost nightly in our house during the winter months.
What an inspiring cookbook! What initially impressed me was the Build A Better Pantry section.Great advice on oils, spices etc. Really helped me focus on a healthier way of cooking food. I'll mention 2 favorite recipes-Risotto style barley & Lime bathed peanut salad.Both feature bright flavors & good use of nuts & fresh herbs.And Heidi also introduced me to foods I had never heard of before-muhammara-so tasty! I'm still working my way through the book & the photos just add to the joy of reading & cooking!
After following Heidi on 101cookbooks I was very excited to get my first cookbook of hers. I happened to be in Carmel when it was released and I really did not think the local bookstore would have it yet. What a coincidence that they had just received the shipment in the backdoor as I walked in the front. I was so excited to have it while there but couldn't wait to get home and start cooking.
I have to say that all the recipes I have collected from Heidi whether on her website or in her cookbook represent for me the perfect form of comfort food. I probably have cooked more from her than from any of my other favorites.
My husband's aunt who is in her eighties had to have surgery for lung cancer and I went out to stay with her in Wala Wala, WA when she came home. I was armed with copies of all my favs from Heidi. Aunt June is one of healthiest eaters I know at her age (she walks at least five miles a day even though she is legally blind). She is more a vegetarian than anything else. She was so happy with everything I made for her. And happier still that she had plenty of left-overs to heat up when I left.
So, you see these recipes represent a lot of things to me--very good comforting food, good memories of sharing them with someone I love and knowing it made someone feel loved and happy.
This is the book that changed our pantry, our way of eating and our family's health. It is a wonderful introduction to the healthiest grains, sweeteners and proteins. SNC and 101 Cookbooks are always the first resources that I turn to when I'm looking for a recipe and so far I have not been disappointed. Spring Minestrone is a simple but delicious soup - my anecdote on days I've traveled and haven't eaten well. Big Curry Noodle pot is a wonderful comfort food. Crunchy Slaw Salad is deliciously refreshing. Sikil Pak is always a hit at parties. The Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies (though I used the whole-wheat pastry flour version) is my favourite chocolate chip cookie. As I leaf through the book, I realise that there are a handful of recipes I have yet to try. They include ingredients I have never used but I have no doubt that they will be worth making.
Excellent recipes for vegetarians and non vegetarians. This book has changed the way I cook, the way I think of food, and the way I shop! A must have cookbook for all cooks.
I love this cookbook. I've given it as a gift more than once, and my copy is dog-eared and well-loved. We have yet to try something from it that we don't like, and I love the unique recipes, fresh flavors, and beautiful photography. One of my favorites!
I love this book! This is probably my go-to place for quick healthy recipes. I have gushed to friends about Heidi and her style of cooking, and many have become followers and have bought the book. Mine is tired looking from the many uses it gets, but I love it even more for that. A trusted companion in the kitchen!
Absolutely gorgeous cookbook with delicious and unique recipes. Heidi's reference sections for the "super natural" cook transformed my pantry and, I believe, made me a much healthier eater. Looking forward to cooking my way through it - everything I've tried so far has been wonderful.
I bought Heidi's gorgeous book last time I was back in the UK and read it non stop on the plane / train ride home. It's a real wow book - encyclopaedic in its scope, enthusiastic in tone, and beautifully written. Standout photography and stunning presentation. Great recipes and very different from traditional vegetarian / wholefood books. I think it has all been said in earlier reviews, but I especially loved the structure and organisation - which draws you further into reading every chapter, instead of whizzing through. Sure, some of the ingredients are unknown here, but others are easily available - it's just I haven't tried them. Armed with the book, I now know how to. I loved the cook by colour chapter in particular - and the superfoods one - oh and the grain chapter has transformed our day to day eating - my husband was bowled over by the wheat berry salad which is now one of our favourites and has been subjected to many variations already. SNC has already become an everyday book even in the short space of time I've had it - so I can't wait for the new everyday book.
I brought this recently, and love reading it, but have yet to cook too much from it as I live in Mongolia - where many whole food ingredients are just a dream (unless you want to eat a whole sheep boiled in a pot). But I love the photography, and the book is a good guide for the special ingredients I get visitors to bring over in their suitcases!
I was truly happy to find a cookbook that taught me more about healthy eating! After reading it from cover to cover, I have been trying several new recipes a week. I've also thrown away my white flour and sugar! This is a cookbook that can show anyone that healthy eating is delicious (I would argue even more delicious than non-healthy eating).
The recipes are really great and easy, but you know what I like about this cookbook the most? I adore the heartfelt, sincere photography. The photos make me feel like I've been let into someone's diary, not into a typical overdone cookbook. I really feel at home reading this book. Thanks, Heidi.
This book is gorgeous! I've had it for over a year now, I think, but I find something new each time I flip through it. This book and 101 Cookbooks are what got me started with cooking and I'm glad I have adopted some of Heidi's cooking style as my own. Beautiful photographs make such a difference to me in terms of recipes - something that may not strike you through words can do so through a photo. I've tried a bunch of recipes from this book, but what I find to be the most important element is the creativity. Even beyond the photos and aesthetics of the book, Heidi presents you with flavor combinations and inspirations that you never would have thought of on your own. I love how the book guides you into the realm of natural foods, holding your hand along the way and explaining every unfamiliar ingredient and how to use it.
I am so excited! This was just delivered this morning from Amazon right as I was joining this group. I made the Chunky Lentil Soup (I substituted red lentils for black) and it was fantastic! Fortunately I made a double batch so we'll have some frozen for later. Heidi, I love your book! Wish I weren't so far away, I'd love to attend one of your book signings. Good luck to you in all your endeavors. I can hardly wait to get a free moment to curl up with this book. It looks beautiful, especially the chapter on 'Cook by Color'. It all looks good. ;^)
The spine in this well-used and loved cookbook has long been broken, but leads me easily to my favourites. Photography in this cookbook is superb, a great gift for those whose experience of whole foods is inevitably stuck with the stigma of granola hippies. And the grain-ola recipe is fantastic for those who want their hippy fix.
This book is instant refreshment when I feel too tired to think about planning meals. We're building a list of family favorites, but we especially like Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I picked this book up in an Anthropologie a few years back and had no idea the impact it would have on my life. Heidi's work has completely inspired my cooking style. Over three years I have tackled (and interpreted) almost every recipe and none of them have been disappointing!
You can definitely judge a book but it's cover in the case of Super Natural Cooking. Heidi has a profound aesthetic in the natural living realm. Her photography has an authentic quality to it which accompanies her wholesome recipes so well. I'm vegan but her recipes are easily adjustable to accommodate my needs. Usually a simple substitution of rice milk or omitting the cheese will do the trick. I love her approach to vegetables and the combinations are always so pleasing. She is always a reliable resource when I'm in the mood to bake. This is the book I was always searching for that surpasses my expectations for incorporating whole and natural ingredients into every meal. I'm eagerly anticipating Super Natural Everyday!!!
These are some of my go-to recipes that are tried-and-true crowd (or family) pleasers:
Seed-crusted Amaranth Biscuits, Wheat Berry Salad, Crunchy Slaw Salad, Hijiki and Edamame Salad, Yucatecan Street Corn made (awesome!), and Sprouted Garbanzo Burgers
I need to make the Spiced Caramel Corn!
the photographs instantly make my mouth water and heidi's decription of the food helps me want to rush to the kitchen. so far i've tried the gnocchi(good!)and the agua de jamaica but i'm looking forward to making the otsu next.
I love " super natural everyday " and I just picked this one up at the library and I am so happy there are more of these types of recipes. I love her take on whole foods, and I would love to spend a month making everything but life gets in the way...