There are several common food-related resolutions we’ve been seeing in everyone’s comments on yesterday’s post. You can probably guess what they are, but the one we’re focusing on today (and hopefully for the rest of this New Year!) is “Eat More Whole Grains.” …
And what could be more appropriate to help keep that resolution than an entire cookbook dedicated to grains? Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck was recognized as a Notable Cookbook of 2011, and lucky for two of you, we have TWO copies of this gorgeous cookbook, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. One of them was meant for us to keep, but after browsing, flipping, reading, and of course cooking through a few of the recipes, it wouldn’t be fair not to share with you.
In the book, Maria defines each type of grain — from amaranth to buckwheat, from quinoa (which isn’t actually a grain-grain, but is included anyway) to the various forms of wheat — and goes on to explain the optimal way of cooking each type of grain.
What we love about this book is that it is different from what we usually imagine about grains-focused cookbooks “only grains, all grains, all the time.” Rather, the book is about incorporating whole grains throughout our modern lifestyle, which doesn’t necessarily have to be vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter. There are recipes for breakfast breads like Fig Muffins with Goat Cheese Filling to sophisticated desserts like Riseling Zabaglione over Red Currants, and everything in between. Grains are salads, side dishes, main dishes by themselves, and even added to meat-based main dishes like Lamb Stew with Wheat Berries in Red Wine Sauce.
It’ll definitely make the “Eat More Whole Grains” resolution a lot easier to swallow.
To Enter This Giveaway:
- Leave a comment on this post with your favorite grain. Something as familiar as oats? Or more “exotic” like farro? Ourselves – we’re having a pretty fiery fling with quinoa right now…
- Make sure to enter your email address in the box provided so we can contact you
- Share this giveaway post with your friends on facebook and twitter! (not required, but we’d love the help!)
You have until Friday January 13, 2011 at 5 PM PST to comment. Everyone is welcome to comment to enter, but we can only ship this stuff in the U.S. (So if you’re outside the US and win, you just need to provide us with a US mailing address to send!)
Also,if you haven’t already entered, make sure to comment with one of your food-related New Year’s resolutions to win the Clean Start cookbook!