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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Nourished Kitchen

After a friend got me interested in Weston A. Price I've loved studying his studies and learning more ways to cook this way.

The Nourished Kitchen; Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther caught my eye. "A traditional foods diet avoids processed ingredients, but allows meat, animal fat, and grains. It embraces cultured dairy, such as kefir and yogurt, that contain beneficial bacteria; fermented foods, such as sauerkraut  and kombucha, that are rich in probiotics; and organ meats that are packed with vitamins and minerals. It also celebrates locally grown foods."

This is a beautiful book. The pictures are stunning and the layout of the recipe book is perfect.

I was a bit disappointed with the majority of the recipes. Even though the ingredients themselves are fairly simple the recipes seem too dramatic, too time consuming, not very child friendly. In a word - just too fancy. There must be a simpler approach to traditional foods (I know there is as the cookbook Nourishing Traditions is one).

Though I may not use this book for the recipes, I will be keeping it on my shelves for the reference aspect of the book. Jennifer gives a lot of information about a traditional diet and how to incorporate whole foods and healthy fats into your cooking. Fermenting, whole grains, etc. are all covered in this cookbook so it is a wealth of information. For this alone I recommend the book. There are a few recipes that I do want to try out that may turn into staples in our home. :)

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion.   


  1. I just recently "read" this cookbook. I could not agree more with you. There is a few things that I would like to try, but most recipes seem over my head. The homemade fermented pop does sound like something I want to try!

    1. It had so much potential, if only she had kept it more simple!



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