Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh And Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes For Living Well by Maria SpeckSimply Ancient Grains: Fresh And Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes For Living Well by Maria Speck

Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh And Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes For Living Well

byMaria Speck

Hardcover | April 30, 2018

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The award-winning author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, Maria Speck makes cooking with ancient grains faster, more intuitive, and easier than ever before in this collection of recipes, most of which are gluten-free.
From black rice to red quinoa to golden Kamut berries, ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in home kitchens, many fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria makes cooking with these fascinating and nourishing staples easy and accessible with sumptuous recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Her family-friendly dishes are Mediterranean-inspired and delicious, such as Spicy Honey and Habanero Shrimp with Cherry Couscous; Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts; and Red Rice Shakshuka with Feta Cheese. Maria’s tips and simplified approach take whole grain cooking to the next level by amplifying the flavor and enduring beauty of these nutritious grains.
Maria Speck is the award-winning author of Simply Ancient Grains, which was selected as a top cookbook for 2015 by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Sweet Paul, as well as on NPR’s Here & Now. It also won an M.F.K. Fisher award, first prize in the book category. Maria’s first cookbook, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, recei...
Title:Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh And Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes For Living WellFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.55 × 8.55 × 1.09 inPublished:April 30, 2018Publisher:Potter/TenSpeed/HarmonyLanguage:English

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fusilli with tahini yogurt sauce and nigella seeds Thick Greek yogurt and whole grain pasta are a perfect match in my food heaven—the creamy yogurt enveloping the pasta in an appealing and comforting blanket, thus lightening its rustic look and feel. This pasta with earthy tahini (sesame butter) and a sprinkling of deeply aromatic nigella seeds is my husband’s favorite and has been on our table for years. Its sauce is spicy, with a good amount of raw garlic (use less only if you must!). And it thrives next to grilled steak, burgers, and lamb chops but is just as good with chicken; or serve it on its own, next to a peppery arugula salad.   gluten-free optionFine sea salt 12 ounces whole grain fusilli, rotelle, or other pasta shells (gluten-free if desired) 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 1 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional; see page 248) 1 or 2 fresh hot red chiles, depending on your preference, seeds and veins removed for less heat 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup plain whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt (do not use nonfat) 1 cup low-fat sour cream 1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tahini 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 to 2 lemons) 1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish Serves 4 as a main, or 6 as a side Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt as you see fit and then the pasta, stirring a few times. Return to a boil with the lid on; uncover and cook at a gentle boil until the pasta is al dente, according to the package directions. While the water is coming to a boil, add the sesame, cumin, and nigella seeds to a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast, stirring frequently, until the seeds turn fragrant and the sesame becomes golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately scrape the seeds onto a plate. Cut half of the chile into fine rings and set aside. Add the remaining chile and the garlic to the bowl of a food processor, fitted with the metal blade. Process until minced, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the yogurt and sour cream and blend until creamy. Add the tahini, lemon juice, and salt and process until smooth. Season with salt to taste. While the pasta is cooking, transfer the sauce to a 12-inch skillet. Gently heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 5 minutes (do not bring to a boil, as the yogurt will curdle). To finish, dip a heatproof measuring cup into the pasta pot to reserve 3⁄4 cup cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the sauce. Add about half of the reserved liquid. Toss vigorously to combine for 1 to 2 minutes, adding a bit more cooking liquid as needed, until you have a creamy sauce. Sprinkle with the seed mixture, the chile rings, and the parsley. Serve at once. fine points If you don’t like the sharpness of fresh red chile, omit it and sprinkle the pasta at the end with a bit of mild Aleppo pepper (see “Sources,” page 251) or sweet paprika. Make ahead The yogurt tahini sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead; chill, covered.

Table of Contents



ancient grains 101

Ancient Grains A to Z
How to Cook Ancient Grains 
How to Bake with Ancient Grains
Grain Cooking Table
Pick Your Grains—Menu Inspirations for the Week Ahead 

Warming Bowls for Busy Mornings

slow mornings
Brunch, Lunch, and Breakfast-for-Dinner

salads and sides
For Every Day and for Holidays

soups and stews 
For Busy Nights and Slow Weekends

From Ancient Grains to Modern Heirlooms 

simply mains
For Busy Nights and Slow Weekends 

simple and sweet
Desserts for Every Day and for the Holidays

Editorial Reviews

“Maria Speck is my whole grain guru. She conjures the appeal and sumptuousness of these wondrous staple foods in a way that makes me want to run to the kitchen immediately and start cooking. Her passion, knowledge, and good taste are reflected on every page in this beautiful book that makes eating whole grains more approachable and inspiring than ever.”  –Ellie Krieger, RD, host of The Food Network’s Healthy Appetite and author of Weeknight Wonders “Simply Ancient Grains is an ode to bringing whole grains into the modern kitchen, not simply as ‘health food,’ but as nourishing and delicious additions to the home cook’s pantry. The artful recipes make use of unique flavors and textures, weaving together the exotic and the familiar. For the whole grain lover, this book is a trustworthy reference and an inspiration.” –John Becker and Megan Scott, authors of Joy of Cooking“Maria Speck brings a wealth of surprise to grains with her vivid sense of color, and her attention to texture and, of course, to taste. All of these elements come into view in an utterly fresh way. What an innovative book!”  –Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone"Speck simplifies cooking with grains without sacrificing flavor. Her recipes—including minted barley and fennel stew with marinated feta, New England cider mussels with fresh cranberries and bulgur, and walnut spelt biscotti with olive oil—are deliciously nourishing and not to be missed."–Library Journal, starred review"...the ultimate grain decoder." –Real SimpleOther praise for Simply Ancient Grains:M.F.K. Fisher Award winnerOne of Bon Appétit's favorite new cookbooksNamed a best new cookbook by Tasting Table Per Publisher's Weekly, one of the most anticipated new cookbooks by food bloggersOne of the Washington Post's highly recommended cookbooks of 2015A pick in Huffington Post's holiday gift guide for the food loverOne of Sweet Paul's 24 favorite cookbooks of 2015Here & Now's (WBUR-FM) favorite cookbook of 2015One of Fresh New England's top New England cookbooksOne of Take Part's sustainable food gifts you want to buy