It’s been a long while since I’ve shared a favourite cookbook. For awhile there, I was buying a lot of cookbooks, but my collecting has slowed down quite a bit in the last two or so years. Partly because of my one-year-no-book-buying challenge, and partly because my kids just aren’t always in love with my choice of cookbooks. They like simple flavours and comfort food (Noodles with Parmesan, rice with Parmesan, quinoa with Parmesan, that sort of thing) and I really like to try food with, well, more than parmesan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid cheese lover, but I like to vary my taste intake. I don’t hold it against my kids because I remember being one and being afraid of new flavours too. But I’m an adult now and I like pesto and cayenne and salsa verde and curry. Not all in one dish, but spread over a week or so.
In the last 4 or 5 years, I’ve added many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks to our collection, and while we’re still meat eaters, we’ve been eating less and less of it and having lots of meat-free options has been very exciting for the beekeeper and I. It can be tricky to find vegetarian options that aren’t covered in cheese and I’m the first to admit our go-to meat-free options are frequently covered in cheese. I know our kids will eat these foods and I know I’ll get a stink face when a food has beans (gasp!) or too much spice. I have found that the kids really like the flavours of fresh herbs and don’t notice when chickpeas or beans are smooshed into something (it’s not the flavour our oldest doesn’t like, but the texture. Texture offends her easily).
That’s why so I’m excited to try the Falafel Waffles from Naturally Nourished by Sarah Britton. The chickpeas lose their chickpea form and are combined with parsley and garlic and cilantro (all things the kids like) and are mixed with coriander and cumin (and they love those flavours from tacos!) and pressed into a waffle shape. I’ve never had a savoury waffle, but I’m sure it will be delightful.
I’m also looking forward to trying Quinoa Corn Muffins for our oldest who tries to stay away from gluten-y things. Included in the book is a recipe for Zucchini Fries (always in need of another way to prepare zucchini in August!), a Spicy-Sweet Pumpkin Seed Snack and Spicy Fritos (a Parmesan recipe that doesn’t include a carb base!). The book is also filled with amazing soups and salads and I actually didn’t bother flagging the recipes I wanted to try, because it was most of them. These are my favourite kind of cookbooks!
And doesn’t this book just have a nice Spring-ish sort of cover?? Look at all that green!
As always, if you have a cookbook recommendation, I’d love to hear it!