This fall, I discovered a cookbook that has transformed my view of food, the community that’s built around it and the love thats poured out in preparing it.
I have always struggled in the kitchen [other than baking], easily frustrated when things don’t turn out exactly like the pictures in the cookbooks and don’t taste quite right because the techniques used in preparing them were beyond me
And with a life time war with food surrounding me, I earnestly feared food; I believed that if I truly enjoyed it and experimented with all it had to offer, I would loose control. So I stuck to boring, bland and very basic foods. Never truly enjoying it… [other than gorging on bad for you refined sugar. Let’s be honest, people!]
I spotted the book while out with my family one day and felt a nudge. I turned the pages and knew I had to get it… this cookbook was going to be different. [I actually put the book down, because I heard Dave Ramsey and my Financial Peace University training say in my head, “Do you really need this?” But luckily, my mom saw how much I wanted it and sneaked it behind my back as an anniversary gift! So grateful and surprised!]
The Sprouted Kitchen is a whole foods [I like to buy local, organic also] approach to cooking, that’s approachable, yet delicious and equally striking in presentation. As Sara puts it, the cook contains “100 recipes ranging from breakfast to salads to snacks to happy hour ideas. There are loads of ideas for cooking with seasonal produce, and simple, tasty, wholesome dishes for family and friends. I tried to keep things approachable, while also keeping a light attitude towards “health food.” Sara shares little excepts and stories on each page from her experiences in creating the recipe, which happen to be my favourite part! I feel like I’m standing in the kitchen next to a friend.
My husband and I have spent the first half of this fall working our way through it’s collection of recipes, recording in it’s pages who each was shared with and how much we enjoyed it. Every recipe is more delicious than the next and they actually turn out just as beautiful as the photos! It makes me feel like the mini martha I want to be for my husband.
God is transforming me, slowly but surely, paving the way to victory in this struggle and this book has been a blessing – a tool that he’s used to show me all he intended food to be! It’s become a discovery journal and testament of hope and freedom.
Dave is over joyed and on more than one occasion, expressed that this book has been an answer to his prayers also- that his wife would desire to prepare with love meals for him and that I would unabashedly fall in love with eating! And that I have. It’s like rediscovering my taste buds all over again. He looks over and smiles at me each time we’re savouring a meal together- ”I love that you love food!”
While God worked through her in the making of this book, he has truly blessed it and used it for his Glory.
For those of you seeking a similar discovering with food, or even those with an earnest love for whole foods cooking, I would encourage you to pick up a copy.
If you’d like to support a local store when purchasing it, I nabbed my copy at West Elm Market on South Granville.