I was walking through a higher education conference's halls, and there was a cookbook out entitled Superfood Kitchen. Why? Because how we feed college and university students (and all citizens) is increasingly a concern. And, companies that are interested in gleaning the business of colleges know that students actually pick places in part because of the amentities (e.g., food service) and politics (e.g., the presence of green practices or...gasp, health food). I was honest. No chance at all that I would be hiring them. They were kind. So, now I own a (free) copy of Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. and you, lucky readers, get to hear a bit from me on the book.
First: what on earth are superfoods? In my view, the term is a "re-branding" of foods that have been around or around us for a long time. They are a way of saying "eat this" within the context of too many possibilities, the ways capitalism has moved us away from our food sources, and the ways education has deprived us of knowledge about what we ought eat -- or ought not eat. So: superfoods are berries, seeds, fruits, roots, vegetables with, as the back fo Morris's bok says, "remarkable powers to heal and energize." What the book -- and a beautiful one at that -- does is redefine our pantry to include more of these, and thus to help us eat in more healthy ways in somewhat easier ways.
The recipes seem easy, and the pictures make the notions presented pretty (and thus attractive). So far, so ordinary 21st century cookbook. Ingredients? THey range from quinoa (which I admit has already entered my diet for a different reason: it tastes good), to beets (ditto), dates (ditto), and other familiar foods to items that remain a mystery to me (or I have only heard of): coconut oil, dulse, sacha inci, etcetera. What distinguuishes the book, really, is the choice of ingredients, so the latter is important.
Will I cook from this? I might just do that. Have I? No. The real reason: the notion of superfood itself somehow puts me off. I eat well. I go to farmers markets, urchase organic, eat a lot of the things here. So, I admit it: I am not sure why. But: it feels hokey. So, given my prejudice, I include some other reviews below. Go for it!