The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, by Sara Forte might sound familiar. That's because Sara and her husband, Hugh Forte, run a food blog by the same name.
If you're familiar with the blog, you'll know that it's a "whole foods-focused blog." Fortunately, the same holds true for the cookbook. Sara shares "seasonal, produce-focused recipes" that are easy to make and perfect to share with others. She hopes to help readers find a "comfortable approach to the kitchen," whether they're new to cooking or not.
Not being one for measurements, Sara admits she'd rather show you how her dishes are made, than break down the indgredients by precise numbers. But don't fret: This is more a testament to the relaxed sense you get as you flip through The Sprouted Kitchen's pages, than an air of "just figure it out for yourself." (Rest assured, measurements are included in the recipes.) In the same laid-back approach, Sara encourages readers to trust themselves when it comes to cooking. Add or eliminate ingredients. Make recipes your own.
The duo behind this book delivers a lovely cookbook that can be held in your hands (Hugh photographed all the vibrant and inviting photos in the book.). This is one where you'll find room in the margins to pencil in your own notes. And where, after much use, you'll later come to find ingredient-splattered pages and earmarks to prompt you to try your hand at yet another recipe.
You'll find 100 seasonal and uncomplicated recipes, from breakfasts through to desserts. Though uncomplicated, each recipe has its own special touch, from adding brown butter to cauliflower for richness, to adding kale to a bowl of mashed potatoes for a nutritious complement to a standard side.
Congratulations are in order for Sara, as The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook has been nominated in the General Mills Second Annual Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards in the category of "Best New Cookbook." You can cast your vote for The Sprouted Kitchen via Tablespoon.com. Once there, you'll also find 19 additional categories of nominees who are shaping America's food culture, from Best Chef, Best Food Magazine, and Best Local Farmers Market. Vote once per day until April 30, 2013.
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