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Cookbook Review: The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook

Updated on February 7, 2008

Are you looking for a way to improve your eating habits to improve your health and keep your waistline under control? One of the most important lifestyle changes you can make is to replace the heavily processed foods in your diet with healthy, whole grain alternatives. Most people intuitively understand the benefits of eating more whole grain foods, but many don't know how to go about preparing and enjoying these foods on a daily basis.

Preparing delicious whole grain foods does not have to be difficult or terribly time consuming, if you have a few great recipes and understand the basics of how to prepare them. If you're looking for a way to add more whole grains to your diet, you'll find a number of great ideas - 150 to be exact - in The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson.

Whether you're a beginner in the kitchen, or are an experienced cook who simply wants to expand your horizons, you'll likely find this book very appealing, easy to use, and fully of tasty dishes destined to become long-term favorites in your household. This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning how to prepare healthful and delicious meals based on whole grains.

When you work your way through this cookbook, you'll not only learn valuable tips and techniques for preparing whole grains, you'll also get an education about the wide variety of different types of grains that can be delicious additions to anyone's diet. There are many more varieties of whole grains than most people thing about. You aren't limited to whole wheat and wild rice when you want to add nutrient-dense, fiber-rich whole grains to your diet. You'll learn how to prepare interesting grains, such as amaranth, millet, quinoa, rye, sorghum, and many others.

Everything in the book looks absolutely scrumptious, which you can easily tell from the beautiful photos that accompany each recipe. Some of the most appealing selections, to me, include:

  • Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies With Cranberries and Pecans
  • Coconut Pecan Blondies
  • Cranberry Pecan Couscous Salad
  • Italian-Style Green Rice
  • Roasted Red Pepper Risotto
  • Thai-Inspired Peanut and Wild Rice Soup
  • Wild Rice Stuffing With Cranberries
  • Whole Wheat Pie Crust

You can find a new "recipe of the week" to try each week on Finlayson's website.

About the Author

Judith Finlayson, Author of The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook has written a number of popular cookbooks, including:

  • 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
  • The Healthy Slow Cooker
  • 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes
  • The Bet Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes
  • The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
  • Delicious & Dependable
  • 125 Best Rotisserie Oven Recipes
  • The Convenience Cook


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