Review: Vibrant Food – Kemberley Hasselbrink

Posted 22 July, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Vibrant Food – Kemberley HasselbrinkVibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink
on 17 June 2014
Genres: Cookbook, Non-fiction
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
4 Stars

The vivid colors of fresh produce inspire this artistic collection of whole foods recipes from the creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food.

Kimberly Hasselbrink, photographer and creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food, invites you to look at ingredients differently and let their colors inspire you: the shocking fluorescent pink of a chard stem, the deep reds and purples of baby kale leaves, the bright shades of green that emerge in the spring, and even the calm yellows and whites of so many winter vegetables. Thinking about produce in terms of color can reinvigorate your relationship with food, and in this collection of recipes, Hasselbrink employs aesthetics, flavor, and texture to build gorgeous yet unfussy dishes for every season.

Recipes take you on a journey through spring’s Pasta with Nettle Pesto and Blistered Snap Peas, summer’s Berry–Coconut Milk Ice Pops, fall’s Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Figs, and winter’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. Featuring photo pairings that celebrate not only the finished dishes but also the striking ingredients that create them—plus a photograph of each and every recipe—this book reveals an artistic picture of whole foods eating

*I received a free ARC of Vibrant Food from Ten Speed Press via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Vibrant Food made me salivate, I want to try several of the recipes straight away, and I loved that they are ordered by the season the fruits and vegetables are fresh! And I want a glossy paper version of this book!

My Vibrant Food review:

The recipes in Vibrant Food are very easy to follow, and those that have wheat have been tested with gluten-free alternatives. If you want to eat healthy, and also make sure your ecological footprint is reasonable, Vibrant Food helps you know the season when the fruits and vegetables will be fresh so that you can try to not buy imported greens.

My copy of Vibrant Food is an eARC, so the photos of the different recipes were in black and white, but I’m sure the photos in the paper version of this awesome cookbook are beautiful! I can imagine the colors on each plate, and I can’t wait to make some of these meals with some tweaks for a family of six living in Europe.

If you enjoy cooking and are looking for new meals to spice up your everyday life, you should get a copy of Vibrant Food and get started on those yummy recipes!

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8 responses to “Review: Vibrant Food – Kemberley Hasselbrink

    • Yes, it really does! I need to stalk some online book-sellers so I can get my hands on a colorful version for myself!
      Thanks for stopping by, Stormi.

  1. The dish on the cover looks delish! I might have to check this one out, Lexxie, if only for the way it divides recipes by season. I have trouble with that sometimes – not knowing when a certain vegetable isn’t in season. I like that it’s been tested with gluten-free alternatives too. Thanks for sharing this one, Lexxie!!

    Happy Tuesday! **BIG HUGS**

    • Yeah, that’s my problem sometimes, too, Brandee. And especially the winter vegetables are often pretty pale, so it isn’t so easy to make colorful plates to please the eyes as well as the palates 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, my dear. Happy Tuesday. *BIG HUGS*

    • I don’t really do gluten-free either, but several of my friends have gluten intolerance, so I thought it was important to point that out.

      I love cooking, Braine, but it’s kind of hard to figure out new recipes, so having a cookbook centered about seasonal fruit and vegetables, but that also includes meat, fish and other side-dishes is really good!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’m officially hungry! LOL I’m not much of a cook but I love that these recipes are not only easy to follow but also helps you know when is the best time to make certain meals. That’s something I really tend to be off on a lot of the time, going for the wrong fruits and veggies at the wrong time of year. Great review Lexxie

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  3. I hope Vibrant Food will help you with that, Berls. It makes me hungry just to see the cover, so I know what you mean 😉
    thanks for stopping by.

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