Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood by Patricia Green

Oct 5, 2011

Hearing the wonders of Quinoa (do not try to pronounce this at home – its keen-wah) as a plant-based food that is also high in protein, I decided to give it a try. Quinoa 365 was to be my ticket to a new way of eating.

But not so. It reminds me of that episode of Friends where Monica gets hired to write recipes for a vile chocolate substitute and she writes them to include only miniscule amounts of the stuff. I understand that Quinoa packs a powerful punch, but the small quantity means the recipes require actual cooking skill and ingredients I don’t already have in my kitchen. I don’t even know what a saffron thread is.

While my only criticism of Quinoa 365 is the lack of recipes for the inexperienced cook, the pictures are beautiful and make me wish for the fortitude to find out what exactly a saffron thread is. But all is not lost. Rather than a desire to cook quinoa, Green has instead inspired a trip to Eden Alley or Blue Bird Café where someone can make it for me.

Reviewed by Helen H.
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