Pure Food Cookbook Review

Pure Food Cookbook Review

Title: Pure Food
Author: Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Published: 2016, BenBella Books
No. of Pages: 300
Cover Price: $34.95 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

It’s not always easy to eat good, wholesome food, since big food companies fill their foods with additives, chemicals, GMOs, and dozens of unhealthy things that undermine our nutritional needs. Grocery stores are full prepared foods that are easy to heat up, but that have enough preservatives to defeat the purpose of eating for health. Nowadays you can find almost everything already prepared for you, such as meats with marinades and spice rubs already on them, frozen dinners and appetizers, and fruits and vegetables already cut up to save time. Unfortunately, most of these items include additives to prolong shelf life. Pure Food is a cookbook by Kurt Beecher Dammeier that has dozens of excellent recipes for foods made at home without harmful additives.

The Staples and Condiment section includes recipes for 4-Year Flagship Aoili, Red Fresno Sriracha, Pickled Onions, and Chimichurri, to name a few. In the Meat section, there is an excellent recipe for Beef Hash which is yummy. There is also a good recipe for an Eye of Round Roast, which is simple to make and turns out perfectly every time. Dammeier’s Chicken Salad Vindaloo has become a favorite, and the Red Quinoa Pilaf is the perfect side dish for grilled or broiled meats and poultry. Bibimbap has been the rage in food circles for a few years, and his recipe for Pork Bibambap is excellent. Many of the recipes are pictured, and the photography is exceptional. The recipes are well-written, and easy to understand.

Pure Food is not just a cookbook; it has fascinating articles about how America’s food has changed over the years, and how we came to have so many unhealthy processed foods. The articles are not only informative, but ones that should be read by everyone, whether or not they plan to eat healthy.

All told, this is a cookbook that should be in every kitchen. Dammeier makes it sound easy to change to a more healthy diet without making sacrifices as to food likes and dislikes. It is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this cookbook.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
Pure Food: A Chef’s Handbook for Eating Clean, with Healthy, Delicious Recipes

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