Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quinoa Cooking

I received another book from the Complete Idiot's Guide series to review. The book is called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quinoa Cooking". Quinoa is a superfood that contains health benefits and nutrition including protein, finer, calcium, iron, essential amino acids, and other vitamins and minerals your body needs. This superfood is also gluten-free, perfect for those who are gluten intolerant. Quinoa is actually pronounced KEEN-wah (not quinn-OH-ah) and it has been around for thousands for years. I found out about the pronunciation earlier this year when I took a cooking program.

Quinoa is a fast-cooking ingredient. As it cooks, the outer germ (or shell) breaks away from the grain and forms a little spiral-like flake, which adds to the texture. This book first gives you the inside scoop on exactly what quinoa is, where it comes from, and where you can find it. Then you'll find all the delicious and healthy recipes that you can make at home for the family. There's no photos to view in the book, but everything is quite basic and simple. The recipes are quick and easy.

The cookbook includes quinoa recipes for:
•       Quick egg and griddle breakfasts
•       Salads – vegetarian and meat-topped
•       Sandwiches
•       Soups, stews, and chilis
•       Easy snacks and appetizers
•       Quinoa dinner and desserts


Susan Irby, "The Bikini Chef," is host of "Bikini Lifestyles" on KABC radio in Los Angeles, as well as America One, Direct TV, and PBS Television. On her show she helps others reach their health goals by focusing on lifestyle changes rather than short-term diets. Irby is a seven-time author including Substitute Yourself Skinny Cookbook, Boost Your Metabolism Cookbook, and her $7-a-Meal Quick & Easy Cookbook, and $7-a-Meal Healthy Cookbook. Visit her at thebikinichef.com.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quinoa Cooking (ISBN: 9781615641932, July 2012, $18.95) is available at local book stores and retailers as well as on Amazon.com.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm or publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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