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I want to share this brand new cookbook with you today from Jenny McGruther. She was kind enough to send me a copy of her new book late last week to review and I was so excited to receive it. Jenny not only writes The Nourished Kitchen website (which was one of the very first blogs I ever read), but she is also a fellow Coloradoan!

I received the book last Thursday and was so excited to dig into it. I had high expectations of making a bunch of stuff over the weekend but ended up being quite under the weather, so my recipe testing got pushed back. I’m not concerned though because I have tried a lot of Jenny’s recipes and they are wonderful, so I know her new book’s recipes are going to be just as great.

This is Jenny’s very first cookbook and I am so excited to help support her. The book launched on this week and you can find it on Amazon here.

One of the things I love about Jenny’s website is her fantastic photos. They are so warm and inviting and really capture the essence of the food she is presenting. It is so true when they say we eat with our eyes — if it looks good, we want to taste it.

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Her book, just like her website, is filled with gorgeous photos that make you want to dive right in. The recipes are rustic and unique, offering flavor combinations and ideas that you will not see anywhere else. There are over 160 recipes, all inspired by the different seasons, using fresh, nourishing ingredients. No matter the time of year, there are hearty recipes that will fill up your bellies and make your soul happy too. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is much more to food than just nourishing my body. Cooking and eating nourishes my soul as well.

One thing that makes this book stand apart from other cookbooks is the way it is organized. Rather than your typical sections like “appetizers”, “entrees”, “desserts”, etc., Jenny has chosen to lay her book out by source – The Garden, The Pasture, The Range, The Waters, The Fields, The Wild, The Orchard, and The Larder.

This book focuses on traditional foods as a whole, which means it does include grains and dairy, but for me, that’s OK, because as I was reading through the recipes, many of those containing dairy can easily be modified with other ingredients to make it suitable for my dietary needs. I do have to skip the bread and baked goods section, but that doesn’t bother me, as I am more interested in the other sections anyways. Though, I sure do miss homemade sourdough bread! 🙂

All in all, I was thrilled with this book and already have a long list of recipes to try. At the top of my list are:

  • Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad with Spiced Kombucha Vinaigrette
  • Kohlrabi Apple and Pomegranate Slaw
  • Spring Vegetable Stew
  • Sherried Chicken Liver Pate with Apples and Sage
  • Fried Roe with Homemade Tartar Sauce
  • Coriander Crusted Elk with Spiced Plum Sauce
  • Roasted Sweet Cherry Fool

Simply put, your kitchen needs this book!

The beet salad was one of the first recipes that caught my eye as I flipped through the book. I was thrilled when Jenny and her publisher granted me permission to share this recipe on my site. I’m going to be making it this weekend! I hope you enjoy!

Have you ordered The Nourished Kitchen yet? What are you most excited about regarding this book? Looking for more info? Here you go:

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