Super Natural Simple Cookbook Review

Super Natural Simple Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
September 5, 2022

Super Natural Simple: Whole-Food, Vegetarian Recipes for Real Life

When life gets busy, it often seems easier to order or grab something on the go than to cook at home. This is why, in this week's cookbook review, we bring you Super Natural Simple, a book showing you that eating healthy is more accessible and straightforward than you think.

It is when our lives feel more overwhelming that wholesome, nutrient-packed meals are needed the most. In Super Natural Simple, beloved blogger and New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson offers 120 smartly streamlined recipes - with minimal ingredients, timesaving tips, and creative flavor combinations - to make healthy home cooking completely doable.

Super Natural Simple

An Approachable Way to Cook

Named one of the best cookbooks of 2021 by the New York Times, Super Natural Simple brings to all of us an approachable way to introduce more vegetables onto our plates. Packed with whole-food, vegetarian recipes, along with Heidi's power pantry of go-to dressings, drizzles, pastes, and butters, this book will help you create high-impact meals with total ease.

Whether you're in the mood for a make-ahead morning, weeknight noodles, or the best salads, dishes like French Onion Breakfast Strata, Spicy Chickpeas with Kale and Coconut, and Big Raspberry-Rye Cookies are quick to prepare and beautiful on the table.

The point of Super Natural Simple is to make you want to walk into your kitchen and cook healthful, wholesome meals. "Even within the demands of modern life, regularly cooking for yourself can be transformational, and these recipes are definitely doable." As you will see throughout the book, making delicious and healthy food is not so difficult when you have a well-stocked pantry and know how to get the most out of your ingredients.

Super Natural Simple
Jasmine-Chia Breakfast Pudding. Photography by Heidi Swanson (p. 52)

Simple Cooking

Accordingly to Heidi, "Simple is more of a feeling than anything else, and it's something I increasingly chase.". In other words, simplicity is the heart of all recipes in this book.

What you'll find in Super Natural Simple are recipes that roast for thirty minutes but only takes ten to get in the oven, recipes that take advantage of freezer items, and sometimes recipes that come together in one bowl. Generally speaking, balancing the idea of simple cooking while keeping things interesting is the sweet spot of this book.

Throughout the book, you'll find a collection of whole food, vegetarian recipes, all of which have been pared down for quick weeknight cooking via short ingredients lists, make-ahead techniques, and smart methods to create high-impact meals full of flavor, color, and nutrition. These are laid-back, crowd-pleasing power recipes rooted in plants, spices, color, nutrients, and flavor-the kinds of dishes that are manageable on a weeknight.

Blistered Cherry Tomato Soba. Photography by Heidi Swanson (p. 127)

Final Thoughts

Over the years, more and more cookbooks focused on simple recipes have been published. Unfortunately, sometimes, these books sacrifice taste for the sake of simplicity. Fortunately, this is not the case with Super Natural Simple. In this book, you'll find a collection of recipes that require few ingredients while offering creative flavor combinations.


Super Natural Simple is another excellent book by Heidi Swanson. In this one, Heidi shows everyone how to produce healthy and delicious food without spending hours in the kitchen.









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