Book Review: Quinoa Revolution – Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming

Title: Quinoa Revolution: Over 150 Healthy, Great-Tasting Recipes Under 500 Calories
Author: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming
ISBN: 9780143186410
Pages: 256
Release Date: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Pintail
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review:

The first time I served quinoa at the dinner table, my husband was suspicious. “What is this?? It’s not pasta, but it’s not not rice,” he asked. But he quickly got over his hesitancy after taking the first bite. Now we’re big fans of quinoa in our house. It’s a great, lighter alternative to pasta, rice, and other grains (because it’s not a grain—it’s actually a seed), but it’s incredibly nutritious. It’s considered a superfood (whatever that means), which means if you aren’t serving it in your house, you should at least consider it. Quinoa Revolution is a great way to make that happen.

Quinoa Revolution starts out discussing quinoa. What is it, why is it awesome, and what are the benefits? It’s a great primer for those who aren’t familiar with the seed (pronounced Keen-WAH, if you’re curious). Then it moves on to how to use quinoa. Again, great for those not familiar with it, but since I’ve cooked with quinoa quite a bit before, I skimmed these sections because I wanted to get to the recipes.

The presentation of Quinoa Revolution is very nice. It’s a softcover book with jacket flaps. There aren’t pictures to accompany every recipe, but the ones that are there are gorgeous and enticing. The pages are clean and bright; this is a cookbook that’s a real pleasure to thumb through.

The book is divided into five recipe sections: breakfast, salads/sides/snacks, soups/stews, meals, and dessert. The recipe choices are varied and versatile; it really does live up to the name “revolution” because you wouldn’t think of putting quinoa in some of these dishes: Baked Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Quinoa Mushroom Omelet, Lemongrass, Sweet Potato, and Coconut Stew, and Chicken Masala, just to name a few. Even if you have a picky eater at your table, you’ll probably find something to satisfy them in this book.

But the thing that really struck me about Quinoa Revolution? The authors aren’t afraid of meat! We don’t eat a lot of meat in our house, so it would be okay if it were a vegetarian cookbook, but too often veggie cookbooks don’t appeal across eating spectrums. If you’re buying a cookbook where quinoa is supposed to substitute for meat, you’re probably not going to be able to entice a meat-eater to try these recipes. This cookbook is aimed at those who want to introduce quinoa into their diets, but aren’t trying to completely replace meat. (But yes, it has plenty of vegetarian recipes as well, which I love.)

The recipes in Quinoa Revolution are simple and don’t use complicated ingredients. The results? Delicious. I made Kung Pao Chicken Quinoa, and I was pleased at how quickly the dish came together, as well as the lightness of using quinoa instead of rice. It’s safe to say that I’ll be referring to this cookbook regularly and it’s going to go into the regular cookbook rotation in my kitchen.

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Comments

  1. I tried quinoa thanks to your recommendation and am a big fan – I will have to check this out. My husband isn’t a huge fan, but he tolerates it since I like it so much.

  2. I tried quinoa thanks to your recommendation and am a big fan – I will have to check this out. My husband isn’t a huge fan, but he tolerates it since I like it so much.

  3. I love quinoa, especially since I have celiac disease and can’t eat wheat. I’ll definitely buy this book!

  4. I love quinoa, especially since I have celiac disease and can’t eat wheat. I’ll definitely buy this book!

  5. My review for this is coming up soon. I loved this book.

  6. My review for this is coming up soon. I loved this book.

  7. Sounds good. We have only tried quinoa once or twice, so I would love more recipes and ideas how to use it – will have to look for this one!

    Sue

    Book By Book

  8. Sounds good. We have only tried quinoa once or twice, so I would love more recipes and ideas how to use it – will have to look for this one!

    Sue

    Book By Book

  9. We are recent quinoa converts, too. I love the cover of this cookbook!

  10. We are recent quinoa converts, too. I love the cover of this cookbook!

  11. I’ve made several recipes using this new superfood. It took my family only one recipe to adjust their palates. This cookbook sounds like the perfect ticket for more recipes to add to our recipe plans.

  12. I’ve made several recipes using this new superfood. It took my family only one recipe to adjust their palates. This cookbook sounds like the perfect ticket for more recipes to add to our recipe plans.

  13. I must learn about quinoa – including how to prononce it properly. Cheers

  14. I must learn about quinoa – including how to prononce it properly. Cheers

  15. Excellent to have quinoa recipes for omnivores.

  16. Excellent to have quinoa recipes for omnivores.

  17. This book looks like a good one to find at the library first, just to see how well-received the recipes are around here.

  18. This book looks like a good one to find at the library first, just to see how well-received the recipes are around here.

  19. I have yet to get on the quinoa bandwagon; this book sounds like a good place to start.

  20. I have yet to get on the quinoa bandwagon; this book sounds like a good place to start.

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