Book Review: Miraval’s Sweet & Savory Cooking

September 30, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews, Fall, Seasonal Cooking, Spring, Summer, Winter 4

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Miraval’s Sweet & Savory CookingMiraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking by Justin Cline MacyKim Macy
Published by Hay House Incorporated on 2014-01-07
Genres: Cooking
Pages: 204
Source: NetGalley
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Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking is a blend of two styles of cooking by Miraval Resort & Spa's Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. Although they're from two very different areas of the kitchen, this husband and wife team has come together to create a unique cookbook that will take you on an exciting journey of culinary delights that are sure to please the palate and respect the waistline. With the use of fresh ingredients and healthy spa-cuisine techniques, Justin and Kim will show you how to bring the Miraval experience to your own kitchen. Whatever your culinary skill level may be, you'll learn to blend flavors to create bold, delicious dishes without the added calories and fat. A number of celiac-friendly recipes and low-fat substitutions are also included so you can prepare meals that fit the dietary needs of you and your family. In addition to the array of recipes that align with Miraval's dedication to optimal well-being, Justin and Kim provide information on proper cooking tools and equipment, helpful hints and kitchen safety tips, and a handy shopping list to keep your pantry well stocked. Beautiful color photographs throughout will inspire you, and insights on techniques and serving suggestions will guide your every step. We hope you enjoy Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking, and thank you for allowing us to share our passion for mindful, imaginative cuisine with you!

My Thoughts

I absolutely LOVE cook books. I really should start telling my family that I want to start collecting them. Maybe now is a good time (right before holiday shopping!!) to let them in on this great secret of mine!

THIS cookbook is fantastic. I do enjoy cookbooks that have ingredients that a normal grocery store would have. Being in a small town our nearest Whole Foods is an hour away, so having ingredients that can be bought at the local store is pivotal! This book has that but takes those ingredients to a higher level.

One meal that I died over was the Lentil Portobello Roll ups with Feta, Tomatillo, Lime, and roasted corn salsa. WHAT!!!? YUMS!!

The one the hubby wanted to try was the Blueberry Lemon scones. What I really liked was that the authors added in a small “how to” for making the scones a bit softer. One reason I don’t like scones is because I’m pretty damn sensitive and I don’t want my teeth cracking while I eat my breakfast! Kind of important!

The meals don’t stop there either… this book has yummy stuff like Crab Wontons (OMG these are amazing) and Pretzel bread rolls.

It is probably obvious that this also isn’t a diet cookbook. This is for people that want to eat yummy, real food! I love that… and yes I know diet food can be yummy too but sometimes I just do not want to feel like I am on another diet! This book will help you feel like you are in love with what you can do in your kitchen.

And the above meals are just a taste of what’s in this. There is gnocchi and macaroons! Fudge brownies and a Gluten Free Applecake. Yums again!

The only down side to getting this on Kindle was the fact that the recipes ran together. I’d much rather have the book in my hands than try to figure out where a recipe starts and stops.

In short: This cookbook is amazing. With just about everything under the sun, your mouth will start watering. Easy ingredients and great tips!



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4 Responses to “Book Review: Miraval’s Sweet & Savory Cooking”

    • Christina

      They are! I put cookbooks on my christmas wish list every year! I still only have like 5. Thank goodness for Netgalley. These recipes are amazing!

  1. BookLady

    Sounds like an interesting cookbook, but I prefer having the print edition because it is much easier to use for cooking.

    • Christina

      Very true! I love getting the print editions but this was a netgalley so I’m excited about it. Just loved all the different recipes.