I received two great books from DK Books’ Mothers’ Day Boutique. Both books, Complete Family Nutrition and Grains as Mains, are sturdy hardcovers with vibrant photography and easy to read formats.
Complete Family Nutrition, by Jane Clarke, is a very practical book for families who want to live a healthy lifestyle. In the book, she discusses topics such as nutrition, feeding kids, tips for healthy living more simply, accommodating different diets and food that heals. At the end of the book there is also a recipe section. The book is laid out in a way that makes it a wonderful and comprehensive reference book for any of your nutrition needs. While it may not be the type of book I will read front to back, I can tell that I will be referring to this book often as it provides very straightforward information in a way that is easy to understand. For instance, if you need to know about the different types of minerals, there is a section on that. If, like me, you will soon need to know what makes a good packed lunch for your child, that is discussed.
What I liked about the book is that it is well researched and the author, Clarke, is a nutritionist and chef.
The book Grains as Mains, by Jodi Moreno and Sarah W. Caron is another really practical book by DK Books. This cookbook has recipes for ancient grains such as spelt, quinoa, buckwheat, farro, polenta, among others. Like the other book, the information is laid out in a way that was easy to read and is very practical. For instance, the book discusses the different types of grains and categorizes them between gluten-free and those with gluten. Then it explains how to perfectly cook each type of grain and what they are all beneficial for.
The recipes are very detailed, including serving size information, as well as the time spent for prep and cooking. Most of the recipes have vibrant photos to go along with it and each one looked delicious. An interesting feature in many of the recipes was a section called “grain exchange” which suggested other grains you could use instead of the one mentioned in the original recipe.
There are recipes for every meal of the day, as well as soups, salads, stir fries, burgers and light meals and stews. I liked that many of them had a cultural twist with Chinese, Thai, Moroccan and other flavours.
Both books do a great job of promoting a healthy diet and are going to be well-used for years to come. Fortunately, readers have the chance of winning these two books since DK Canada will be generously giving them away.
Disclaimer: I received these books from DK Canada in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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