Grist Cookbook Review

Grist Cookbook Review

Title: Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes
Author: Abra Berens
Published: October 5, 2021, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 464
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover

A good cookbook collection should include all kinds of cookbooks, and especially cookbooks that are full of information to help cooks in every facet of the cooking process. That is why Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes is a “must have” cookbook for a proper cookbook collection. Not only does it include excellent recipes, but it has essential information on some of the most healthy foods that we should be eating, as well as how to prepare them for the ultimate benefits to our health. So many people skip the nutritional benefits of beans, grains, etc. because they don’t know how to prepare them or because they are afraid to introduce them to their families because they are afraid their family will complain (i.e., gas from beans, which is explained). This excellent cookbook should be on every shelf: it includes everything a cook should know about the healthy benefits of introducing these delicious foods into our diets as well as the scientific aspects (fascinating, actually) such as botanical information, to soak or not to soak before cooking, whether it’s gluten free, protein content, and other things we should know about what we are eating and serving our loved ones.

The cookbook includes beautiful photographs, and the recipes are actually mouthwatering. There are recipes for vegetarian, vegan, special diets, and just good dishes that everyone will want to sample.

After reading this cookbook, I have been inspired to set a personal goal of including at least one recipe from this excellent book in my menu each week; there are enough good ones for months or even years with the variations. The recipes are very easy to follow and turn out picture-perfect. I love this book and recommend it highly to anyone who wants to add good nutrition and unique foods their diets. The information is also interesting enough that you can curl up in a corner and read it just for the excellent facts.

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

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