Review: Vibrant Food

LadyD-Books: Review of Vibrant Food Cookbook

 

 About The Book


The vivid colors of fresh produce inspire this artistic collection of whole foods recipes from the creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food.

Kimberly Hasselbrink, photographer and creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food, invites you to look at ingredients differently and let their colors inspire you: the shocking fluorescent pink of a chard stem, the deep reds and purples of baby kale leaves, the bright shades of green that emerge in the spring, and even the calm yellows and whites of so many winter vegetables. Thinking about produce in terms of color can reinvigorate your relationship with food, and in this collection of recipes, Hasselbrink employs aesthetics, flavor, and texture to build gorgeous yet unfussy dishes for every season.

Recipes take you on a journey through spring’s Pasta with Nettle Pesto and Blistered Snap Peas, summer’s Berry–Coconut Milk Ice Pops, fall’s Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Figs, and winter’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. Featuring photo pairings that celebrate not only the finished dishes but also the striking ingredients that create them—plus a photograph of each and every recipe—this book reveals an artistic picture of whole foods eating.

Vibrant Food

 

Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season Written by Kimberley Hasselbrink

Millet Stuffed Peppers

                                     Summer Millet Stuffed Peppers with Tomatillo Salsa


Carnitas Tacos

                                                     Carnitas Tacos with Apple Salsa

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"Summer's produce comes in big and loud and fun and full of boisterous color."
-- Kimberley Hasselbrink

Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season 

Do you have a garden this summer? If not, where do you purchase fresh produce?

My Review

I'm a visual learner and I must say, the colorful produce photos here are fantastic. There are tons of delicious recipes to enjoy. Overall, the cookbook is neatly organized by the seasons. I'm fascinated with food photography and how it holds my attention. This is well done. There's so many wonderful meals to choose from. I especially like The Bold Colors of Summer because I can go to my garden and bring the fresh produce in and create a snack, such as strawberries and herbs with mint, cilantro and a Serrano chile. You feel good about yourself when you know you're eating well. Having 5 grandchildren, their favorite is Summer Berry-Coconut Milk Ice Pops. My hubby loves Grilled Trout with Green Tomato Relish and Salmon Banh Mi. You'll find a measurement conversion chart in the back of the book. I recommend this beautiful cookbook. I loved getting to know a little bit about the author and sampling many useful recipes. 5/5 stars!

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."



About The Author

KIMBERLEY HASSELBRINK is a food photographer, writer, and creator of the acclaimed site The Year in Food, which was a finalist in Saveur's 2012 Best Food Blog Awards and has been nominated again this year. Her work appears regularly in the Etsy blog, and her photography clients include Williams Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Harvard Common Press, Kinfolk magazine, Edible San Francisco, Foodzie, Rewinery, Grist, and CUESA. The Year in Food has been praised by The Kitchn, Food52,  Gourmet Live,  Anthology magazine,  Refinery 29, Spry Living, and Babble. Bon Appetit named Kimberley's Instagram account one of the fifteen Best Accounts for Food Lovers.

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Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season




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