I have been meaning to do this review for ages, and seeing as it is today’s prompt, well I thought it was time to stop hogging this book. And what a beauty she is!
The Green Kitchen is a delicious book filled with “Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day”, created by the uber-gorgeous trio behind Green Kitchen Stories, David, Luise and their little daughter, Elsa.
It is utterly divine from start to finish, just like their blog. It’s quite hefty, which I love in a cookbook, and the photography is ethereal and beautiful and makes me want to have a picnic in the woods with homemade elderflower cordial.
They feature everything from lists of ingredients always found in their pantry, to breakfasts, morning tea, light snacks, lunch, picnic dishes, dinners, small bites, drinks, sweets and treats. And every bit of it I want to eat. This is what happens when a vegetarian magazine stylist photographer meets a Danish nutritional therapist and they make beautiful food babies. Things like hazelnut, aubergine and mushroom parcels, wild rice, artichoke and grape salad, and cardamom and apple buns food babies. Vegetarian cookbooks are really setting high standards these days, and this is no exception. It’s everything I wish I had the time and energy and talent to make. Instead, you get my five-minute pasta dishes photographed in low light and boring crockery.
I have made the carrot, coconut and banana cupcakes several times now, and they’re always delicious. Packed full of spice, almond meal and coconut, these gluten-free treats are not to be missed. Hell, the whole book’s not to be missed! I have my eye on the virgin apple mojito, the portobello and peach burgers, the apple and mushroom stuffed picnic bread roll, and the lemony fennel and lentil salad. This book is making me think outside the square with my own cooking, suggesting ingredients I’ve never used, but now can’t wait to try.
There are also plenty of good-for-you snacks and treats, from homemade crackers to spirulina balls, and everything in between. I love the look of every single photograph on every page, and I’m not even that into dessert. It’s just set out so beautifully. It’s inspiring without being wanky, and just that little bit different without being completely out of the reach of everyday cooks.
If I don’t make this mascarpone beanotto with oyster mushrooms and spinach in the very near future, I shall die.
**disclaimer: I was sent The Green Kitchen for review.