I have a pile of cookbooks sitting on my side table that I’ve been wanting to share with you. This year has been a big year for books by people I admire (and the fall is showing no sign of a slow down). It feels like such a wonderful time for fresh, seasonal cooking in terms of books. This is exciting and slightly bad- I’m going to need a bigger book shelf (because I’m still a physical book lover- none of these ‘ebooks’!)
The book I wanted to share with you today is by one of my favorite authors. I first learned about Maria from her first cookbook. My mom had picked it up and sometimes when I’m at her house, I raid her cookbook collection (and by raid, I mean borrow for an extended period of time). I had just started my path down whole grains when I picked up Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. I fell in love with Maria’s creative use of grains and she is one of the biggest proponents of ancient grains.
Her newest book, Simply Ancient Grains, is a wonderful follow-up to her first book. The cookbook spans breakfast through mains and to desserts. It’s a good sign when I flip through a cookbook and want to make nearly every recipe. I started with the giant spelt pancake with squash blossoms (not only creative but beautiful too) and followed it up with this summer couscous. Fruit and grains has been a theme for me this summer (starting with this cherry and quinoa salad). The salad is light, refreshing, and perfect for any picnic or cookout.
If you’re a grain lover like myself, I highly recommend checking out both Maria’s books. They are both a wonderful inspiration to really dive into the world of Ancient grains!
See the Recipe.
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