ladled: a cookbook review

I got home yesterday to find that my review copy of LADLED was in the mailbox!

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So as much as I wanted to do some laundry (we’ve been out of town for nine days … I didn’t want to do laundry … I need to do laundry!), I just had to take a few minutes to admire Kimi’s new book.

You see, I was lucky enough to recipe test for this book.

That's me.  Top left of the list.  Before I was married ... and before I knew I was going to change my name :)
That’s me. Top left of the list. Before I was married … and before I knew I was going to change my name 🙂

I had been a fan of Kimi Harris’ blog for a while. We use her recipe for sourdoughs pancakes because … why mess with perfection? I love how knowledgable she is about nourishing foods. I am impressed that her grain free, sugar free treats always taste as good as they look. And honestly, even though I don’t know Kimi in the real world, I love knowing her in the blogsphere. I like to think we might be friends if she lived nearby. 🙂

Anyway … when she put out a call to her readers for recipe testers, I jumped at the chance. It was one of the best choices I made last spring. Because that means, when the book arrived, I already knew that the Miso Soba and Salmon Soup (on page 134) is delicious and easy to make.

I made it for a potluck dinner party in early June and it went over like gangbusters. (Although I have to admit that I had to order ingredients from amazon for the anchovy stock because there’s no specialty store in Bozeman that sells dried sardines or anchovies. The second time I made the soup, I substituted bonito flakes and while it wasn’t as rich a broth, it still worked, and was a little more friendly to our budget).

I also know the Chilled Honeydew and Cucumber Soup with Coconut Milk is a perfect chilled summer soup. In fact, seeing it again in the book (on page 264) returns me to the long days of summer and makes me want to find a reason to go somewhere warm just to have another bowl.

But what’s most exciting about Kimi’s book (and the 120 nourishing soups she’s included … with great photos and simple instructions) is that there are so many simple soups …even if you’re new to this whole “nourishing foods” idea, you’re sure to find something you like! And if you’re on a special diet? There are GAPS friendly, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten free …it’s a specialty food extravaganza.

In fact, it’s such a great resource, as soon as I get the copy I ordered from amazon.com, we’re going to give away a copy here on O’Mamas. So you’ll have to check back!

How about you …read any good cookbooks lately?

PS – LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO WIN A $40 GIFTCARD FROM THE GAP!

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