It took me a few years of living in Berkeley to finally jump on the ancient grains train. I can be kinda contrary that way - I automatically dislike anything everyone is raving about. For example, when everyone was in love the Indigo Girls in 10th grade, I absolutely could not stand them. Same thing happened when I moved to Berkeley and people would not shut up about how amazing quinoa was (moving to Berkeley was a bit of an adjustment for me...)
I eventually came around in both cases. Now I am a devotee of whole grains -- farro, quinoa, wheatberries, barley, you name it, I like to eat it.
So I jumped when I saw this delightful new cookbook by Maria Speck. I've just been leafing through it, salivating and wishing desperately that Maria lived with me so that I could eat these delicious-looking dishes every day without having to lift a finger (though, of course, I would be more than happy to clean up after her - that's only fair if she's going to be doing all the cooking, right?)
The good news for you, lucky reader, is that I am giving away a copy of this inspiring new cookbook completely free of charge!
All's you have to do is leave a comment here or on my Facebook page telling me what your favorite whole grain dish is by June 12. Please make sure to tell me your email, too, otherwise, I will not have a way to get in touch to find out your mailing address if you win and that would truly be tragic.
You do not want to miss out on Maria's excellent recipes -- here are some of the ones that sound most exciting to me:
- Cumin-Scented Quinoa With Red Beets
- Chicken Stew With Artichokes and Dried Apricots Over Brown Rice
- Kamut Salad With Carrots and Pomegranate
- Leek Salad With Grilled Haloumi Cheese and Rye Berries
- Orange Polentina With Honey-Mascarpone Topping
- Creamy Farro With Honey-Roasted Grapes
Okay, I need to stop now or I'll just end up copying all of the recipe titles out of the book... The gist is that it all looks good. Really good.
Maria is from Greece originally and her recipes have a little exotic kick to them that makes them more interesting than most.
So leave me a comment telling me your favorite whole grain dish and your email address and I'll enter you to win a free copy of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals.
The deadline to enter is Sunday, June 12th. I will choose a winner at random and email her or him to get the address for where to mail the book.