Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying

Christina Pirello, Author, Christina Pirello, Illustrator, Bill Tara, Foreword by
Christina Pirello, Author, Christina Pirello, Illustrator, Bill Tara, Foreword by HP Books $18.95 (524p) ISBN 978-1-55788-262-2
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 03/01/1997
Diagnosed with terminal leukemia in 1983, Pirello opted against conventional medical treatments, choosing instead macrobiotics. Fourteen years later, she presents herself as a glowing testimony to a macrobiotic diet-one rich in grains, land- and sea-grown vegetables, fruits, beans and bean-based products-and will promote it in a forthcoming series for Public Television. With these 500 recipes-ranging from stews and salads to breads, pastas and desserts-Pirello and her husband bring macrobiotic eating into mainstream cuisine, devising such accessible dishes as Roasted Vegetables & Corn Chili and Polenta-Topped Kidney Bean Casserole. Although Pirello opposes eating any sort of animal food, she does include recipes for fish, which serves as a weekly supplement to the otherwise vegetarian cuisine. Beginning with a helpful glossary to explain such specialty ingredients as kombu and nori, sea vegetables, and the fermented soybean flavoring miso, the collection offers something for everyone-from twists on familiar favorites (Kasha with Noodles; Mushroom-Leek Risotto) to dishes featuring tofu, tempeh and seitan. Some notable recipes include Corn-Squash Pudding, Poached Flounder with Citrus-Leek Vinaigrette, Penne with Black Beans and Mangoes, Rice Kayu Bread and Chestnut Cream Pie. (Mar.)
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