Nourish Me Home Cookbook Review

Nourish Me Home Cookbook Review

Title: Nourish Me Home: 125 Soul-Sustaining, Elemental Recipes
Author: Cortney Burns
Published: June 23, 2020, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover

Cortney Burns, recipient of the James Beard award for a previous cookbook, has released Nourish Me Home: 125 Soul-Sustaining, Elemental Recipes. The cookbook is full of recipes for healthy, beautiful dishes that are lighter on meats and proteins, and heavier on vegetables and healthful, albeit sometimes surprising ingredients.

Most of the recipes are gluten-free, and utilize alternative healthy grains so that almost everyone can enjoy them. For those who haven’t been particularly innovative cooks in the past, this cookbook gives reasons to expand their recipe repertoire by using innovative and unique ingredients in delicious, beautiful dishes.

The photographs are gorgeous – almost over the top – and the book is worth reading just to see the photographs, which will give everyone a reason to try a new dish.

Nourish me Home is not a cookbook for everyone. The recipes call for ingredients that aren’t found in every kitchen, and some of them are difficult to find. While there are some recipes that are down-to-earth, like Mom’s Pot Roast, there are others that are probably not ones that will be made in most mainstream home kitchens, like Chocolate and Fir Tip (from pine and fir trees) Cookies and River Stone Flatbread (using stones from a river). While there are some recipes that will appeal to almost everyone, there are many that most cooks will want to skip. Although there is a huge movement toward gluten-free, there are others who are okay with gluten and would prefer alternative recipes using it.

All told, this is a “must-have” for tree huggers, and a “maybe” for typical cooks.

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

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