“2-fer book reviews” – Chickpea Cookbooks

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The latest gluten-free craze has popped one of my favorite legumes into greater prominence- the chickpea (although I prefer the dressed-up name…garbanzo bean).

The mighty chickpea is loaded with nutrients and well known for its blockbuster amounts of fiber. It is the central ingredient in my favorite lunch..hummus. I keep a can of chickpeas in my cupboard and toss a handful into my tossed salads for protein. I’ve never given much thought to the use of chickpeas in other recipes beyond those ways.

As I scanned the horizon for new books, TWO TITLES caught my attention.  Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert (Einat Mazor) and Chickpea Flour Does It All (Linsey S. Love).  It turns out there are a lot of great uses of the mighty garbanzo bean!



Subtitled:      Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert   ★★★☆☆

Author: Einat Mazor
Publisher: Charlesbridge | 2016
Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-62354-074-6
E-book: 978-1-60734-939-6
E-ARC provided free of charge through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Chef Einat Mazor discovered her daughter has Celiac disease and while the family adjusted to her dietary needs, Mazor’s professional career took a powerful turn as well.  According to Charlesbridge website,  Mazor caters “beautiful events in New York and New Jersey; offering an organic allergy free baked goods and desserts to client with special dietary needs.”  Since then she has authored three books on gluten-free cooking and baking.

This newest book, Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert, stays within the gluten-free theme and focuses on the marvels and uses of the age-old legume, the Chickpea.   Just about everything you could ever learn about the chickpea from the various varieties, its various names and the marvelous nutritional  value are included.

The recipes are arranged spreads & snacks; soups and salads; entrees and baked treats.  The photographs are beautiful and the recipe directions are short and sweet.  The recipe ingredients lend themselves to the familiar and are readily available in local supermarkets.

Anyone interested in a healthier life-style, regardless of the gluten-free nature of the recipes, will find this new cookbook useful.  Those with gluten-free dietary restrictions will find a valuable source of delicious go-to recipes.



Chickpea Flour Does It All:

Subtitled:     Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free,Vegetarian Recipes for Every Taste and Season   ★★★☆☆

Author: Lindsey S. Love
Publisher: The Experiment  |  Apr 2016
Paperback: 240 pgs  |  ISBN 978-1615193042
E-ARC provided free of charge through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Lindsey S. Love, affectionately known as Dolly in her youth, was lovingly served meals prepared by her mother (probably everyone’s mother) from a pantry stocked with the requisite canisters of all-purpose white flour,  white cane sugar, white bread, and the ubiquitous tall cardboard oatmeal box.  And for as long as she can remember she suffered “stomach pain, indigestion and mood swings.

“It wasn’t until I moved out of my parent’s house and started cooking for myself that I realized the connection between the food I was eating and the way  it made me feel.”

Over time she discovered a plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free diet made her feel healthy, happy and energized.  She has created a gorgeous blog, Dolly and Oatmeal, and posts recipes she’s developed using healthier and fresh ingredients.  Her new book, is then, the next natural step in helping others realize a healthier life.

Chickpea Flour Does It All reflects the use of this particular flour for centuries in traditional dishes.  The redesign of many popular items such as brownies and pizza using gluten-free flours such as chickpea have made mealtime easier for families with a member requiring dietary restrictions and pleasing the whole family at the same time.  A win-win!  Healthy food that is also delicious and creative!

Beautiful photos, recipes arranged by seasonal interest with clear directions and indexed. Good source for those looking for a gluten and dairy-free recipe source.

Recommended for those looking for to challenge themselves.


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