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Nourish Cookbook Review and Blog Hop

May 4, 2016

It's nice to be back with another fresh new cookbook to review and this time the focus is on health and flavour with Nourish - Whole food recipes featuring seeds, nuts and beans.

The authors of this new Canadian cookbook, Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom, bonded over their shared love of combining the nutrients our bodies need for good health with a focus on flavourful cooking. This book makes me think of my mom, bravely delving into the world of vegetarian-focused cooking (including beans, nuts and seeds, of course!) for a family of six in the '80s before this kind of cookbook was available to make the process easy, healthy and tasty. Books like this one take the guesswork out of those sometimes tricky to make dishes that make the body happy.

Along with the diverse selection of 100 recipes, Nourish provides readers with a nice assortment of 'tools' including a Healthy Grocery List with suggested pantry and fridge staples. A How to Buy, Soak and Cook Beans from Scratch with cooking notes on eight different varieties will be helpful for anyone wanting to move away from canned and processed beans to cooking their own at home. The cost savings alone in learning to cook dried beans in this way makes Nourish a must-buy for your cookbook collection, I know I'll use the bean cooking chart in the future.

I selected an entree recipe from Nourish to try - Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Asian Greens and Tamari Dressing, as I thought it would be fun to showcase some sexy wild Pacific salmon from my area of Canada along with some fresh bok choy from my urban garden. Well, funny enough, work took me away from Vancouver Island this month so I had to source the ingredients for the recipe on the fly and cook it in an unfamiliar place - which is really a great test for a recipe, as it throws a few extra twists at ya.

Example of a travel recipe test: Can black sesame seeds be sourced from a local chain grocery store in an unfamiliar town? Sadly no, but I did find chia seeds (still on message with a seeds-focused cookbook) which reproduced some of the crunch and colour contrast, if not that gorgeous black sesame flavour. Most specialty stores do sell black sesame seeds, and I have a huge bag at home so finding them should be pretty easy for you, just not for me on recipe testing day.

I love all the little Tips and Tricks sidebars that run through the cookbook, both recipe-specific and general notes on how to cook better, eat better and live better. I found the tone of the book approachable and non-preachy, with little snippets of helpful information throughout the cookbook encourage making better choices in easy ways.

The sesame-crusted salmon recipe was very easy to execute, surprisingly quick to prepare and very, very tasty. So much so I will certainly make it again, for guests and for myself. I loved the bok choy sauteed with ginger and garlic, and I'm exciting to try this recipe again using Swiss Chard when it is in season.

Nourish Cookbook Blog Hop

As part of our cross-Canada Blog Hop to celebrate Nourish, food bloggers across the country have all been trying recipes from Nourish for a month, and each blog will be showcasing a different recipe from the book along with each blogger's impressions of working with the recipes (along with tasty pictures of course!). Visit the links below to check out what everyone else tried from Nourish:

Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography made Multi-grain Scones

Tiffany from Eating Niagara made One Bowl Sushi

Regina from Leelalicious made Black Bean Breakfast Burritos

Redawna from Nutmeg Disrupted  made a variety

Hilary from Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable made Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Erin from How to Eat made Savoury Chickpea Patties and Quinoa Tuna Cassarole

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made Fish Tacos with Corn Salsa

Stephanie from Kitchen Frolic made Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Caroline from Do it All Working Mom made Nut & Seed Brittle and Potato & Coconut Soup

Libby from Libby Roach made Black Bean & Quinoa Salad with Charred Corn

Katrina from Kitchen Trials made Butternut Squash with Dried Cherries and Mint

Laureen from Art and the Kitchen made Quinoa Crunch Cereal

Emily from Best of this Life made On-The-Go Granola Bars

Lauren from Lauren Follet Nutrition made Quinoa Crunch Cereal

Zannat from Food for Happiness made Curried Tomato & Lentil Dip and Sunflower Barley Crackers

Sarah from Kiwi and Bean made Quinoa Crunch Cereal

Charmian from The Messy Baker made Nut & Seed Brittle

Heather from The Tasty Gardener made a variety

Giveaway time!

Enter the Nourish Cookbook Giveaway to win your own copy of the Nourish cookbook (prize value $30).

To enter: Post a blog comment below answering the question - What’s your favourite dish using sesame seeds? Then sign into the Rafflecopter widget below to enter your email address (for contacting the winner only), and you’re in to win. Increase your chances by visiting the other participating blogs and getting to know us on social media.

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Giveaway legal stuff: This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway will run from Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond.  If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner's name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter.

 Disclosure: A big thank you to Whitecap Publishing for providing me with a copy of Nourish for review.

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First of all, I'd like to express a big thank you to you for providing us with a copy of Nourish for review. I'm in love with the recipes featuring seeds, nuts and beans. I'll come back when I'm done with an essay. Keep it up!

The dish looks really tasty. I would like to know something on how to feed healthy on a budget. It should be really important for me.

Such a fancy recipe, thanks for sharing! I love organizing so-called parties in my apartment and cook something special.

I love to cook in my crockpot! Thank you for the great recipes! There are so many to choose from and now I have to see which one or ones I want to try first. Thank you!

Absolutely adore cheese. Any kind is ok with me. Would love to win the package.

I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.



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