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Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn

It takes a real devotee, someone with a verve for whole grains to help you see the light and even put a sexy little shimmy in your whole grains step. For me, that person is Maria Speck.


Faith Durand, Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn

Maria brings a curiosity and a puckish sense of exuberance to this glamorous exploration of whole grains. . . [She] is one of those people who, although petite and unassuming, seems also larger than life, always expressing from a huge reservoir of emotion. I feel that people like this write some of the best cookbooks.

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Cheryl Sternman-Rule, 5 Second Rule

Her new cookbook … is a beautiful collection of recipes inspired by her upbringing, and by the Mediterranean whole grain foods she has enjoyed throughout her life. …Hello, Dark Chocolate Muesli. Hi, Saffron Waffles with Orange Cream. Where’ve you been my whole life?

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Tim Mazurek, Lottie + Doof

The book is beautifully written, and a real pleasure to spend time with. Speck manages to soft-sell cooking with grains in a way that has me wanting to completely transform my diet. She should consider starting a cult, maybe she already has—the Cult of Whole Grains. Sign me up.

Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss, Meal Makover Moms

If recipes with names like Wheat Berry Fools, Mediterranean Mussels with Farro and White Wine, and Bulgur with Butter-Roasted Almonds and Cinnamon pique your culinary interest, you’ll definitely want to sink your teeth into Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. This cookbook — which features recipes for nutrient-rich farro, barley, quinoa, wheat berries, and other whole grains — is by far one of our new favorites. Listen to the Podcast

EA Stewart, The Spicy RD

… there are so many gluten-free grain recipes…, (amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, and wild rice) that I didn’t need to feel deprived. Plus, I figured I could easily substitute any of the gluten containing recipes with gluten-free ones as well.

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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?).

Jacqueline Church, the Leather District Gourmet

Maria Speck has given us a great gift; …Going from “I know I should eat more of these” to “That looks great – more, please?” is no small feat with something like grains.

Susan Russo, Food Blogga

So if you’re looking to incorporate more whole grains into your diet (and feel and look better too), then make room on your bookshelf for Ancient Grains for Modern Meals.

Cathy Warner, The Bread Experience

…I had a hard time deciding which [recipes] to try. I mean, with names like Orange-Scented Scones with Dark Chocolate, Saffron Waffles with Orange Cream, and Pine Nut Bread with Fennel and Sun- Dried Tomatoes, what’s not to love! …And, don’t even get me started on the desserts. My mouth has been watering for the Greek Walnut-Barley Cake or the Dark Chocolate Cake with Amaretto. Yum!

Jennifer Bartoli, Chocolate Shavings

It’s full of wholesome and delicious recipes using whole grains and quick-cooking grains with fresh Mediterranean flavors. It will help you experiment with ingredients such as spelt, quinoa, farro and barley as well as polenta, buckwheat and millet.

Pastry chef Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet

This is a wonderfully written book that would make great reading, great eating and also make the perfect gift for someone interested in trying recipes that take us back to our roots.

Shulie Madnick, Foodwanderings

Once in a while a cookbook will come across that will teach you something new. Something, you haven’t seen anywhere else and Ancient Grains for Modern Meals does it without much preaching…

Amy Sherman, Cooking with Amy

Her recipes will surely broaden your horizons as much as they tempt your taste buds.

Alison Ashton, Nourish Network

Who wouldn’t want to start the day with Walnut Spice Breakfast Cake? That passion comes through in every recipe and tip. I suspect my now-pristine copy of Ancient Grains will soon be dog-eared and spattered with kitchen stains – sure signs of a well-loved cookbook.

Hillary Davis, The Best Cookbooks List

This is a cookbook food lovers will swoon over. …This book has my over the top, total recommendation… …if all the recipes are as deliriously good as this one was, then I’m going to work through each recipe in this wonderful new cookbook!

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