I was very excited about reviewing Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson, a cookbook recently published by DK books that focuses on using ancient grains such as spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and farro in modern recipes. The term ancient grains refers to grains and seeds that are virtually the same as those used by the earliest civilisations. Interesting, these ancient grains are tasty and nutritious, plus some are gluten free too.
Grains as Mains contains at a glance information about these grains and seeds, followed by preparation and cooking techniques. There is an amazing selection of delicious looking recipes each incorporating an ancient grain as a substantial component of the dish.
For the purposes of this review I decided to test the Italian Tomato Barley Risotto recipe. I really like a risotto and quite often choose one if eating out. However, a traditional risotto recipe does require a certain amount of time and patience to prepare, the recipe I selected appealed because of its simplicity and lack of hovering over the hob.
I was extremely impressed with the taste and texture of the barley risotto. I can definitely see me making this recipe again and using it as inspiration for my own recipes in the future. What I particularly liked about this book is that it has really got me thinking about ingredients that I would not normally use. With this in mind, I’m planning on experimenting in the future as well as trying out lots more recipes from this fabulous book.
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