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The World’s Best Superfoods

By: Lonely Planet Food

Our Review

Given my scepticism around the term “Superfoods” this book is going to have to do some real convincing to sway my thinking. I’m old-school where three square meals a day was all you needed and “an apple a day” kept the doctor away. So when I hear the term “Superfood” it conjures up memories of the fad diets that have abounded since the 1960’s, and of our fictitious “superheroes”, such as Superman and Superwoman. And let’s not even start on the “The Whole Pantry” debacle. So armed with these preconceived thoughts I opened the parcel that arrived from Lonely Planet.

I’m off to a good start with the cover telling me that these are health-boosting recipes from around the world. We all want to eat better meals and live a healthy lifestyle yet so often the daily grind sees us turning to convenience food rather than the better option of home-cooked meals. So to have a cookbook with recipes to boost my health sounds pretty good.

Loaded with fresh produce

Loaded with fresh produce.
Photo Credit : Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

On opening the book the first thing that struck me was the impressive photography. And the images are not all of meals carefully laid out by a food stylist, they include images of local markets and the people who make up the cultures of countries around the world. Not only were they making me hungry but it felt like I was taking my taste buds on a tour of the world. As I leafed through the book I noted that the recipes were uncomplicated and something an everyday cook could prepare at home without difficulty. And they weren’t power-shakes for a bodybuilder or super-tonics that will keep you looking 21 forever. No, these recipes were about you and I eating a little healthier without making radical changes to our diet or eating ingredients we’ve never heard of before.

Each of the superfood types have been broken down into chapters such as “Seeds and Nuts”, “Fruits”, “Fish and Meat” etc, so it is easy to find your superfood recipe type. Each chapter begins with a narrative that includes a brief history, the health benefits, and variants of the foods that you might like to explore. And reading the “health benefits” sections melted away my scepticism as they didn’t use scientific jargon to convince me a particular food was going to save me from premature aging or some terminal disease. No, in plain English they, they explained how each of the foods can help to improve my health.

Among Finland’s 50-odd wild berry species, the cloudberry is the Holy Grail: known as “Lapland Gold” because of it’s elusiveness.
Photo Credit : Anna Ileysh/Getty

The recipes are not only listed by superfood type but also by country of origin and each recipe has a small dialogue box that gives a brief outline of its origin. The “origins” box is in fairly fine print and my tired old eyes had a bit of trouble focusing to read it.

But not so the recipes. They are easy to read, well written, and the directions are simple to follow. The superfoods are highlighted in each recipe so you can refer back to the benefits if you wish. The majority of recipes have ingredients that will be easy to find at your local supermarket, farmers market, or ethnic specialty store (depending on where you live of course), but don’t let that stop you if you live in the sticks as there are plenty of online stores that will cater to your needs. And accompanying each recipe is a “Tasting Notes” section that explains the dish, what to expect, and any other morsels of information that might be relevant to the dish.

My taste-buds were somewhere in eastern Europe when I decided it was time to make the list of recipes I would get The Cook to try. I wasn’t sure where to start as every one of the recipes were appealing in their own way, so I ended up going with a random selection of page numbers. Here is what I ended up selecting :

  • Chia Fresca – A Central American drink (p.22) ;
  • Bubble & Squeak with poached Eggs and Watercress – An English vegetable dish (p.128) ;
  • Middle Eastern Potato Salad – A sweet potato and pomegranate salad (p.136) ;
  • Poisson Cru – A French Polynesian fish dish (p.162) ;
  • Pho – A Vietnamese fragrant spiced noodle soup (p.164) ;
  • Eggs Baked in Avocado – A Southwest American brunch classic (p.184) ; and

And so it was, a culinary tour of the world for my taste buds, without leaving home.

In Conclusion

The World’s Best Superfoods is a great guide to many culinary possibilities and will broaden your thinking on healthy foods. It is a visually impressive cookbook with easy to use recipes that will appease eaters of all types.

Will We Use This Book Again : Definitely

Do We Recommend This Book : Absolutely

A Look At What Is Inside

Etli Pzai Sarma (Dolma)
When it comes to healthy lunches, Turkish cooks are on a roll, literally, in the case of etli pzai sarma – delicate parcels of meat and rice tightly rolled in chard leaves

Photo Credit : Anita Bonita/Getty

Aloo Anardana
Potato salad, Indian-style, aloo anardana comes hot or cold but always delivers a tantalising jolt to the taste buds with its mix of spices an dried pomegranate

Photo Credit : Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

These cheerful little bars – alegría means “happiness” in Spanish – are a mainstay of Mexican snacking. Made mostly of honey and amaranth, these treats strike the perfect balance of sweet and earthy flavours.

Photo Credit : Maria Shumova/Getty

The World’s Best Superfoods

By: Lonely Planet Food

Dive into the world of superfoods with Lonely Planet Food, the world’s leading travel publisher’s new food imprint. Unlock the long-held secrets of health-boosting diets from every culture of the globe. Discover which super ingredients will boost your energy, stave off illness, reduce your chance of diseases, make your hair shine, your skin glow and turbocharge your brain power. Better still, learn how to harness the benefits for yourself with a myriad of tasty recipes from around the world, all containing naturally nutrient-rich ingredients that will improve your energy, digestion, heat, immune system, and longevity.

Travel can transform your cooking, exposing you to new flavours and powerfully health-boosting ingredients that you may not even have heard of before. But, when there is so much world to explore in terms of food, The World’s Best Superfoods is there with a hand-selected collection of the world’s most exciting culinary experiences and healthiest secrets served directly to your kitchen.

With recipes ranging from Mexico’s chia fresca (a refreshing beverage) and Japan’s wakame seaweed salad, to Bolivia’s quinoa stew and England’s revolutionary pungent-smelling but silky-textured plankton risotto, the cornucopia of superfood ingredients represented here is sure to get your body revved up to its most maximised self. Eating well has never been so delicious!

Each of the 66 recipes includes easy-to-use instructions and mouth-watering photography plus an ‘origins’ section detailing how the dish has evolved. There are also tasting notes that explain how best to sample each dish – whether that’s at dawn by a Vietnamese street stall, or in the zen calm of a Japanese tea ceremony – to truly give you a flavour of the place and help you reap the benefits of sampling nutritious superfood in its natural habitat.

Recipes include:

Seeds and Nuts
  • Cacao, almond & cashew bliss balls – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK & USA
  • Raw cacao hot chocolate – Mexico
  • Tahini – Middle East
  • Mung tarka dhal – India
  • Miso soup – Japan
  • Tempeh with spicy kale – USA
Grains & Cereals
  • Donegal oatcakes – Ireland
  • Injera – Ethiopia
  • Aca­ bowl – Brazil
  • Gazpacho – Spain
  • Goji berry millet porridge – China
  • Baked juustoleip¤ with cloudberries – Finland
  • Som tam – Thailand
  • Tapenade – France
  • Kakadu plum sauce – Australia
  • Etli Pazi Sarma (dolma) – Turkey
  • Collard greens with blackeyed peas – USA
  • Bubble & squeak – England
  • Borscht – Russia & Ukraine
  • Tabbouleh – Lebanon
Fish and Meat
  • Ceviche de corvina – Peru
  • Pickled herring – Sweden
  • Greenlandic open sandwich – Greenland
  • Pho – Vietnam
Other Superfoods
  • Kefir cheese – Caucasus
  • Bee pollen porridge – Greece
  • Tea eggs – Taiwan & China
  • Spirulina smoothie – New Zealand
  • Kimchi – South Korea

Plus 37 more exhilarating recipes!!

The World’s Best Superfoods

By: Lonely Planet Food

ISBN: 9781786574022
ISBN-10: 1786574020
Series: Lonely Planet
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Available: 1st March 2017
Publisher: Lonely Planet Global Limited
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 18.01 x 14.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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