Cookbook of the Week: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

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Yahoo Food’s Cookbook of the Week: At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well (Roost Books)

The Team: Australian-born New York chef Amy Chaplin; photographer Johnny Miller

The Cuisine: Over 150 vegan and vegetarian recipes featuring grains, seeds, beans, nuts, ferments, and great use of spices. 

Who Should Buy It: Those who want to incorporate more superfoods into their diets. Those who want to stock smarter pantries; Chaplin begins the book with a thorough rundown of whole grains, beans and legumes, and healthy oils and vinegars. 

Who Shouldn’t: Those who can’t bear meals without meat, fish, or eggs. You won’t find any of those things here! 

Must-Make Recipes: Butternut Squash Lasagna, Mulled Concord Grape Juice, Black Rice Breakfast Pudding, Roasted Fig and Raspberry Tart With Toasted Almond Crust.

Noteworthy: Chaplin, who has been a private chef for Natalie Portman and Liv Tyler, ends the book with guidelines on cleansing and detoxifying. She recommends a gentle cleanse that allows for consumption of cooked food, as extreme ones “are too harsh and leave me cold and weak rather than refreshed and bounding with energy.” The chapter is definitely worth reading in full come January 1, 2015. (You know what we mean…)

More Cookbooks of the Week:
Tyler Florence’s Inside the Test Kitchen
Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune
Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen