A few days before we left on vacation, Rebekah presented me with yet another spectacular birthday gift: Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson. I could barely wait for the moment when I could slowly and methodically pour through this book full of stunningly beautiful photographs, stylized layouts, and, of course, super natural cooking ideas. I wasn't disappointed.
The book itself is a unique blend of a cookbook, reading book, and food glossary or reference book. Heidi spends a lot of time teaching you about alternative food choices -- the what, wheres, whys, and hows of each and every food. Then she follows the suggestions up with shopping tips, preparation tips, and recipes. This book is one to keep on a nearby shelf because you'll be accessing it often.
This being said, I do have one caveat -- it is true to it's title. It's Natural Cooking. If your idea of healthy eating is Coke Zero, I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, and Dannon Yogurt, then this may not be the next step in your quest for healthy eating. But, if you're ready to toss out such staples as All-Purpose Flour and Granulated White Sugar and adventure out to try more difficult to find ingredients that are well worth the palatable and nutritious effort, then you'll want to grab this book. But wait, don't run out too quickly, at least one of you will be getting this book as a Christmas Gift from me ;-)
Thank you Reb and Paul!