Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson

Super Natural Cooking

Everyone knows that whole foods are much healthier than refined ingredients, but few know how to cook with them in uncomplicated, delicious ways. Using a palette of natural ingredients now widely available in supermarkets, Super Natural Cooking offers globally inspired, nutritionally packed cuisine that is both gratifying and flavorful. With her weeknight-friendly dishes, real-foodie Heidi Swanson teaches home cooks how to become confident in a w...


Details Super Natural Cooking

TitleSuper Natural Cooking
ISBN9781587612756
Author
Release DateMar 1st, 2007
PublisherTen Speed Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Food, Cooking, Nonfiction, Health
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Reviews Super Natural Cooking

  • Tony
    1970-01-01
    UPDATE (6/24/2013)Mung beans: life-changing.Heidi Swanson encourages her readers to experiment, using new things, or old things in new ways.I grilled two really large oyster mushrooms that I had lightly coated in olive oil, salt, pepper and dried sage. Chopped them up and added them to sauteed Lacinato kale, golden beet greens, diced Medjool dates and shallots. I added some syrup that I make but you could use agave nectar instead. Then I added so...
  • Wayne
    1970-01-01
    While I live with Heidi and this is completely biased, I did test many of these recipes and have definitely eaten every one at least once. For a novice cook like myself, the food is not difficult to make, is interesting, diverse and satisfying. The cumulative effect of eating from this book and the food found Heidi's site over the course of several years is I feel great and enjoy food more than ever.
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    The book assumes, as the title indicates, that you already desire to cook natural, minimally processed, whole, healthy foods (and that you are probably vegetarian). If you're not yet sold on natural cooking, please put this book down, go read Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food and/or Food Rules) and come back when you can appreciate what this book wants to tell you [although nothing has yet convinced me to be vegetarian, but I now buy better meat...
  • Susan Howson
    1970-01-01
    This cookbook is really inspiring and informative; it really makes you reexamine what you're eating and seeing how much of it you could make into food that actually benefits your body. Something about the way it's organized irks me though - it's not really a leaf-through kind of book and there aren't that many recipes. Also, Heidi gives good advice for slowly substituting natural sweeteners and leaveners etc. into your cooking instead of the gros...
  • maggie
    1970-01-01
    If you have only one cookbook in your house, this should be the one. The recipes are fulfilling in every sense of the word; beautiful to look at, wonderful to eat, splendidly friendly to prepare, and the food leaves you nourished and satisfied.There are acouple of ingredients that are tricky to find if you don't have access to cosmopolitian culinary shops, but with a little creativity there is always a fix. Great graphics, after all what is a coo...
  • Alison
    1970-01-01
    I love this cookbook. I REALLY love this cookbook. I am not a vegetarian but do appreciate whole foods and I love that this cookbook utilizes whole grains and vegetables with a more upscale and current feel than most vegetarian cookbooks. Heidi also gets creative with ingredients - not all ingredients can be found at your local mega-supermarket. Some may criticize the book for this, but Heidi does provide names and ordering information for suppli...
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    This is probably one of my favorite cookbook finds ever, for a variety of reasons. First--it's beautiful. The graphic design and photography are gorgeous. Second--it's split up in a different, but more logical way--for example, recipes by food color, nutrition, etc., rather than by meat, bread, etc. Third--the recipes are all easy, relatively cheap, healthy, and awesome. One of the best soba noodle recipes I've ever made. This is the way I try to...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Again, I am unable to add stars.Here: *****I love Heidi Swanson and have been a huge fan of her blog, 101 Cookbooks, for many years. This cookbook is for those of us who would, if presented with the opportunity to make either chocolate chip cookies, or mesquite chocolate chip cookies, would claim territory over the mesquite chocolate chip cookies without batting an eye (I made 'em, I loved 'em). I don't use this cookbook everyday--I use it on wee...
  • Aimee
    1970-01-01
    Even if you never cook a single recipe from this book, it' worth owning. If not for the info on natural grains and flours and sweeteners, then for the sheer beauty of the book. It's the kind of cookbook you keep on your nightstand next to your novel du jour. The kind that inspires you to spend half a day at the farmer's market, and the other half in your kitchen, celebrating beautiful, natural, colorful foods.
  • Crystal
    1970-01-01
    Full of easy healthy recipes and beautiful pictures. I have not followed a single one of the recipes word for word, so I can not comment in that regard. But, I find this book great for motivation and direction when I'm not feeling particularly inspired to cook healthy foods or I had a new ingredient I wanted to incorporate into a basic dish.
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    I like that this book assumes that you want to cook healthy - she doesn't lecture you, or bog you down with how she came to cook this way. The book is broken down into 5 fairly basic healthy eating principles - eat the rainbow, use natural sweeteners, etc that are not intimidating at all. She has some very different, good salads ( like the split green bean one), and the ginger-amaranth shortbread was also great. I liked her explanations and notes...
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    This cookbook is by the blogger behind 101 Cookbooks which is one of my absolute favorites. I have received so many really good recipes from 101 that I just had to have this cookbook.The recipes have won over even the most hard-core nonveggie, non-organic, non-anything-healthy people in my life. Every meal cooked from these recipes is greeted with: Oh my goodness. This is really good. I need this recipe. Is there more?Need I say more?Only that yo...
  • Karina
    1970-01-01
    I have been reading a lot about healthier foods and whole foods, and have been looking for a good cookbook to give me ideas on meals I can make. The book that I REALLY want I cannot get from our library, so I have book looking into others and this is the first one I tried. I really like that the author of this gave lots of information on healthy foods and what they're good for. I think this book may be better suited for a more experiences cook, s...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Ok, I really love this cookbook. It has some amazing recipes in it, but more importantly it gives information on substituting flours and oils. Gives nutrient information and a helpful guide to put healthful choices in your pantry. Avoid canola oil, which changes nutrient content when heated, use flaxseed oil, almond oil or many, many others. Keep whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour because you can substitute it for all purpose flo...
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    This author has a blog called 101 Cookbooks that I stumbled upon one day. She posts simple vegetarian recipes, mostly using in season produce from the farmers' market. Now, she lives in San Francisco, which makes me insanely jealous because the local food scene there is amazing...apricots, pomegranates, almonds, oranges...Makes a WI girl just drool thinking about all the goodies at the market there. I would call her style of cooking 'California C...
  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    I've tried several more recipes from this book, all to great success. However, in none of the cases did I follow the recipe exactly, substituting chicken broth for vegetable and chicken for tofu, green curry paste for red, linguine for udon. But all of the dishes were delicious, and her ideas are inspiring. This is going on my "to buy" list.-----------So far I'm loving this cookbook. The design is beautiful, the recipes are approachable, and her ...
  • Camille
    1970-01-01
    As opposed to a traditional cookbook with a slew of recipes, this cookbook is primarily focused on how to integrate and substitute in whole and comparatively less common ingredients for their heavily processed and ubiquitous counterparts. It suggests mixing in nontraditional grains and fats, as well as exploring the inclusion of a handful of ayurvedic spices, traditional herbal remedies, etc. This cookbook brings a core number of solid recipes to...
  • Joy Weese Moll
    1970-01-01
    The passages describing ingredients were really useful. The descriptions included both health benefits and how the ingredient could be used. That's the kind of information I want to become a more creative cook.Although I get her objection to canola oil, we've worked way too hard to lower our saturated fats to go back to butter for baking and higher temperature sauteeing now.The recipes seemed fussy to me right now -- every one had either a new in...
  • Stephanie Bostic
    1970-01-01
    I'm a huge fan of 101 Cookbooks, so I went to buy it and was a little sad when I ended up not doing so. (Although I sat in the bookstore and read much of it. Did not intend to do that.) Somehow, it seemed like the recipes she chose to include were the ones that did not appeal to me.First, too many involved gluten (can't have) or simply ingredients I don't like. Second, the tone of the book seemed much preachier than her blog. Finally, the beautif...
  • Andrea Avalon
    1970-01-01
    Fantastic book about some of the more common healthy food staples and how to use them in tasty recipes. What I found special about the book was its fusion palette. I really enjoy using tastes from all over the world and Swanson consistently employs the more easily available nonstandard american spices and flavor techniques in her recipes; a kitchen expanding treat. She has a great teff wedge recipe, very polenta like but without the mega-agra-cor...
  • Dayna
    1970-01-01
    I have made a few recipes from both this cookbook and Super Natural Every Day. Honestly, without them in front of me I can't remember which recipes were from which cookbook...but they have all been good, so that's saying something. I'm not sure I have made any of these recipes as written though. I have substituted an ingredient here or there, but I don't think that makes a big difference when it comes to Heidi's recipes, because her cooking style...
  • Theryn Fleming
    1970-01-01
    In Super Natural Cooking, readers of Heidi's blog, 101 Cookbooks , get more of what they've come to expect: her photography, the way she puts each recipe in context (what inspired it or how it came about or who it was made for), and of course her recipes, which are frequented by salads, soups, bowls of grains and veggies—and baked goods, esp. cookies! I think the target audience for Super Natural Cooking would be people who are already cooking...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    For the adventurous cook (and artsy paper lover- lots of gorgeous colorful prints on thick paper) who wants to try baking with whole-grain flours (mesquite, amaranth, quinoa), branch out to natural sugars, and add more whole foods to homemade meals. I liked the Crunchy Apple and Cabbage Salad (enjoyed it for a few days without getting tired of it!), and hope soon to try the Wheat Berry Salad with Citrus, toasted Pine Nuts, Feta and Spinach. (I ha...
  • Katey
    1970-01-01
    I'm still exploring this cookbook, but as a long-time somewhat reader of Heidi Swanson's blog, I just love her approach to cooking and food. The photos are stunning as well. Some of my favourite recipes to eat come from her. While all the recipes are vegetarian, and can be veganized easily, as most dairy is used as some sort of garnish or accompanying item, some of her recipes are totally better with cheese. There. I said it. There was a farro an...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    One of the best vegetarian cookbooks I've ever used. The recipes are clear, well-written, and oh-so-tasty. Most of recipes require ingredients I actually have in the pantry, compared to some vegetarian tomes that seem to use nothing but exotic (unavailable, expensive) stuff. With Heidi's recipes, if I don't have an ingredient on hand, it's usually available in our local stores. She suggests ingredient alternatives, too, which is always helpful. N...
  • Calee Spinney
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best healthy cookbooks I've ever seen. Sure, the ingredients are daunting the first time you flip through (I received it for my birthday and promptly shelved it for months after perusing it the first time), but the simplicity of the recipes makes the extra effort of finding the ingredients worth it. I have never been unhappy with any of the dishes I have made. This is a great gateway cookbook to get you cooking with more natura...
  • Eileen
    1970-01-01
    Heidi has a recipe for BAKING POWDER.The tone is a little different than 101cookbooks, clearly more heavily edited and so a little less friendly. It's also organized a little strangely, in large vague categories. This doesn't matter that much, though, since the book is really informative, open, and plain-spoken. You never want a threatening cookbook, especially since so many people have complexes about food and food production in the US. This one...
  • Bethany
    1970-01-01
    this is a beautiful cookbook (she is a photographer as well) and i like almost everything i have made from it. i definitely recommend it, however i still frequently go to her 101 cookbooks website and get recipes from there. My only quibble with Heidi is that she has all these delicious recipes for farro, which is ridiculously expensive! another thing i really like about her recipes is that they seem very easy to amend and substitute, so i use th...
  • RH Walters
    1970-01-01
    I haven't tried any of these recipes yet but it's due back at the library. I want to try Otsu (Japanese meaning 'stylish, witty, romantic' and a bunch of other things) noodles, the wild rice pancakes and the deconstructed sushi bowl. I learned that food with lycopene helps protect against UV radiation. I'm so fond of her blog and spoiled by the sprawling thoughts and layout, so it's a bit of a compromise to see this intrepid Californian reigned i...
  • Hilary
    1970-01-01
    My Hanukkah present to myself. A beautiful book with delicious looking vegetarian recipes. Of course, as someone who'd like to lose weight, I'm always conflicted about the low-cal vs. whole-foods debate (is it better for you to use natural sweeteners or splenda? Depends on what you mean by "better.") Not sure how many of the recipes I'll make because of the carnivorous predilections of my spouse, but I hope I'll get to try some.