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Posted December 27, 2013
Very good cookbook
This is an excellent cookbook with simple, wholesome recipes that are generally inexpensive and environment-friendly. The recipes are easy to follow and the narrative in the book is fun and interesting to read. Lots of food for thought along with the great recipes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2012
Although written before "sustainable living" was a pop
Although written before "sustainable living" was a popular media point, this cookbook is a collection of "recipes and suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world's limited food resources" as the subtitle says.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The first 44 pages address philosopies of food such as the issues of over-consumption whether it be too many calories, too much protein, fats, and sugar, or too many processed foods, then follows with recipes that are healthier with the suggestion to buy local and organic when possible. My only issue is that it is implied that by eating less, that will somehow take care of hunger in poverty-stricken countries, which I don't believe will happen. Even so, from a health viewpoint, it makes sense to not over-consume anything.
It does not promote vegetarianism (although a vegetarian will find plenty of recipes), but rather a diet that is more plant-based (beans, legumes, vegetables, etc.) while still using meat in lesser amounts. However, there are still a lot of dairy products (cheese, etc.) used in the recipes, as well as white flour and sugar so those thinking this is a health food cookbook will probably be disappointed. The focus is on economy more than health food, but any of the recipes can be modified if desired, using whole grain flour instead of white, for example.
The chapters for recipes include breads, cereals, beans and legumes, main dishes, eggs and dairy, meats, and fish, soups, vegetables, salads, desserts, snacks, and a chapter on gardening and preserving. There are also helpful charts for substitutions, recommended nutrient allowances, equivalent measurements, and metric conversion.
There are several recipes I have bookmarked to try. I did make the Cottage Cheese Casserole (p. 123) which was a pasta dish that tasted similar to lasagne, and I added diced zucchini to the ingredients for even more vegetables per serving. Other recipes I hope to make soon include Garden Supper Casserole, Swiss Eggs, Middle Eastern Lentil Soup, and Baked Lentils With Cheese. Any of the vegetarian dishes can have meat added; likewise, dishes with meat could be made without it, making this is a versatile cookbook.
Posted March 16, 2009
So far, so good
So far I have only made 2 recipes from this book, but they have both turned out very tasty. This cookbook is stripped down, no photos and sometimes up to 3 or 4 recipes to a page. It is not glossy, but it has loads of content.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Written 25 years ago by a Mennonite woman, it does speak to the Mennonite values, but I do not think that it is overly preachy. The main focus is on creating healthy and wholesome, non-processed meals for you and your family.
So far, I have tagged over half of the recipes in the book as those that I would like to try in the near future. I especially like all of the recipe options for various types of beans and different twists to casseroles that I had not considered previously.
My one gripe is that they are constantly talking about the benefit of non-processed and whole foods, but most recipes call for margarine, not butter, which seems weird to me.
Overall, I am impressed thus far and recommend this cookbook.
Posted September 18, 2009
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