New favorite cookbook: The Natural Gourmet

I would highly recommend "The Natural Gourmet" by AnneMarie Colbin. I am borrowing this book from a dear friend of my mom's, who lent me a number of cookbooks. This cookbook is my favorite from the stack - is a goldmine of incredible recipes that are easy, nutritious, delicious, and based on vegetables, legumes, and grains. I don't have to substitute a darn thing in half the recipes, which given my current dietary restrictions, is incredible. Pulling from various food traditions, she provides a lot of useful information about food combining, flavors, and the five elements theories, discusses different ingredients, and gives suggestions on kitchen tools and equipment. Most of all, I love her soup recipes - I am a soup person, I could (and, basically, do) live on soup. This weekend I made three batches of soup from her book with my purchases from the farmer's market: carrots, turnips, onions, squash, parsnips, to name a few. All three were delicious: Hungarian Asparagus Soup, Squash-Carrot-Parsnip Soup, and Japanese Red Bean Soup. My freezer is bursting and ready for winter.

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Her recipes do use some gluten containing grains (wheat, barley), and she does use butter, natural sweeteners, and other items that are on my no-no list. But, some of those can be substituted. And besides, no cookbook will ever match your needs 100% on every recipe. Overall, this cookbook is a winner, I need to get my own copy! She also has written other cookbooks that sound just as enticing.