The Cafe Brenda Cookbook
By: Brenda Langton and Margaret Stuart
Reviewed By: Jennifer A. Wickes
In this fast-paced world of fast-food and pre-packaged convenience foods, Brenda Langton and Margaret Stuart show us recipes on how delicious healthy food is and how easy it is to prepare!
Brenda Langton is the chef and owner to Cafe Brenda, one of Minneapolis's favorite restaurants and an innovator of gourmet vegetarian cuisine. She currently runs her restaurant and a natural foods business with her husband. Margaret Stuart is a pastry chef, natural foods expert, as well as a horticulturalist in the Twin Cities.
Using whole foods and natural ingredients, this book is filled with delicious, nutritious recipes that have been adapted from international recipes to accomodate a more healthy lifestyle. This book has been marked as the "twenty-fifth anniversary edition". People who have not frequented the restaurant, Cafe Brenda, will not understand that this means that this is the 25th year that Cafe Brenda has been in business serving these exact recipes to her customers!
There are no photographs in this book, yet the recipes are easy-to- read and understand.
Chapters in this book include: Appetizers & Salads; Soups; Breads; Seafood & Fish Entrees; Vegetable Entrees; and Desserts. Some of the more delicious recipes in this book are: Japanese Soba Noodle Salad With Spicy Tahini-Ginger Dressing, Roasted Potato & Garlic Soup, Blueberry-Lemon Bread, Spiced Almond Tart and Basmati Rice, Red Bean & Vegetable with Roasted Onion-Miso Sauce.
If you are looking for gourmet recipes that are healthier for you, then pick up this book. Brenda Langton and Margaret Stuart have released a classy book to enjoy.
Jennifer A. Wickes is a freelance food writer, researcher and book reviewer. Her articles, recipes and reviews have been in numerous printed publications, as well as on-line. Her work has been in Cooking Pleasure's magazine, Cook's Country magazine, The Library Journal and numerous others. She has written five eBooks and is working on her first cookbook.