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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes by the Candian Living Test Kitchen

Sorry Guys - Chef Jeff is a little over extended right now, so I am in charge of this review (Don't worry, he will be back)

150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes
by the Candian Living Test Kitchen
Transcontinental Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-9877474-2-6
Cooking Level: Beginner - Advanced
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Description: You've heard the buzz: whole grains are ultra-healthy energy foods that should be on your table. Now, with Canadian Living's recipes and expert cooking advice, incorporating these superfoods into your everyday menus is easy and utterly delicious.

Not sure exactly what qualifies as a whole grain? No problem. Canadian Living: 150 Essential Whole Grain Recipes clears up the mystery and offers nourishing recipes that make the most of these nutritional powerhouses. Salads, soups, side dishes, main dishes, breads and snacks are all represented.

Tucked into each chapter, helpful sidebars profile specific grains: what they are, how to store and prepare them, and the benefits of including them in your diet. Complete nutrient analysis on each recipe and dietitian-approved tips help you plan meals and rest assured that you're getting the nutrition you need -- deliciously.

- 5 recipe chapters, each focused on different grains
- 70-80 colour photographs
- Helpful cooking, shopping and preparing tips scattered throughout
- In-depth sidebars that focus on specific grains, with nutrition information, as well as storage and preparation suggestions
- Full nutrient analysis of each recipe

The Good Stuff
  • Easy to read and follow recipes
  • Fabulous variety of grains and uses for them
  • Stunning pictures - that aren't artsy fartsy so you actually know what finished product should look like
  • As in all Canadian Living cookbooks the index is phenomenal (yes I am a nerd, but when you need to find a recipe quickly and cannot remember the name -- it makes a difference)
  • The Whole Grain basics section at the beginning is very helpful
  • Indgredients are easy to find in most grocery stores
  • Nutritional info for each recipe is a nice added bonus
  • Cover is yummy looking and makes me want to eat beans (and I am not a huge bean fan)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I want a picture for every recipe - and so do most people I know
  • Not enough dessert recipes for me
  • Cookbook doesn't stay open easily so you definitely need a recipe stand (hint hint ALL cookbook publishers - this would be a nice added bonus to make these more user friendly)
Favorite Recipes

Wild Rice Crepes with Chicken & Mushrooms (Pg 96)
Lightened Up mini Corn Muffins (Pg 194)
Lemon Cornmeal Cookies (Pg 200)
Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (Pg 112)

Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Good present for  the person who is wanting to eat a little healthier without giving up taste
  • Perfect for cooks of every level
4.25 Dewey's

We Recieved this in exchange for an  honest review


  1. OH! I definitely want to pick this up!! The Mr. and I are contemplating going Wheat Free....

  2. It is a good one with plenty of suggestions