Spice Up Your Life: The Flexitarian Way
Cedar Fort, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
pice Up Your Life: The Flexitarian Way
intrigued me because it focuses on the foods my husband and I mostly eat. I don't eat red meat and he has to watch cholesterol carefully, so this
approach matches our needs. Add to that the fact that we both love spicy foods - and have been reading about the health benefits of turmeric in diet - and we opened up Bindu Grandhi's cookbook and tried one of its appealing recipes immediately.
he author speaks of adapting her mother and grandmother's Indian culinary traditions to her own preference for lean meat, especially chicken and fish. She speaks of the health benefits of
a primarily plant-based diet composed of grains, vegetables, and fruits, which also occasionally includes protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy.
' A chapter on
Tips, Tools, and Techniques
introduces the spices needed for this cookbook and explains how to make tamarind juice, handle coconuts, and blanch almonds. A subsequent section talks about specific foods,
What's Good For You
, and why.
he cookbook's over a hundred simple recipes are presented under:
Appetizers, Side Dishes, and Chutneys, Sauces, Dips, and Raitas
. The author includes
for each (and they're all pretty short), and the number the recipe
. We've already tried and appreciated
Chicken in Turmeric Gravy
Masala Yogurt Chicken
. Other dishes that particularly tempt my palate are
Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast
Spicy Baked Broccoli
Eggplant and Yogurt Curry
Trout in Coconut Gravy
(a dessert I've enjoyed in Indian restaurants).
f you enjoy spicy foods and like the idea of
eating, then Bindu Grandhi's
Spice Up Your Life
is a great way to get started. Just pick up the cookbook, stock up the spices, and soon your kitchen will be filled with enticing aromas.
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