Christmas Ideas for Foodies: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quinoa
I would love to give you an unbiased review of Susan Irby’s “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quinoa” but conventional wisdom dictates that I can’t since Susan is a friend of mine. Additionally Chef Jon Gibson who contributed one of the recipes in Susan’s book is a co-worker at Little House Midtown. So, I won’t try to do a review per se. I have read and reviewed several of Susan’s previous books, we’ve hung together at one of those swanky Hollywood after-parties. She facilitated my meeting Wolfgang Puck and I’ve been a guest on her popular LA radio program Bikini Lifestyles. I love the gal – perhaps conventional wisdom has a point.
I will, however, share with you what others are saying about The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quinoa. Like this quote from another good friend of mine Serena Polumbo (Food Network Star) who states:
Celebrity Chef Susan Irby is in great shape and has been spreading the word about eating healthy and delicious meals through TV and Radio shows. The fact that she wrote a book on quinoa, the super seed loaded with vegetable protein, is perfect as she is the spokesperson for preparing meals that are easy on the waistline as they are filling and tasty.
And this from popular designor-turned-blogger Jennie Yuen:
This book first gives you the inside scoop on exactly what quinoa is, where it comes from, and where you can find it. Then you’ll find all the delicious and healthy recipes that you can make at home for the family.
Check out this endorsement from lifestyle expert Margie Brill of My Springfield Mommy:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide: Quinoa Cookbook would make a wonderful gift for the cooks on your list, especially for those who are health conscious and enjoy quinoa or are just curious about starting to using it in their cooking!
So now you see that I am not alone in my praise for Susan’s latest cookbook, easily her best yet. I really love it. Quinoa has fascinated me for years now but it is fairly unheard of in my neck of the woods. Now I can explore its many uses thanks through the 180+ recipes she has created or compiled from over a dozen celebrity chefs. This noble seed is one of the healthiest foods on the planet which makes this tome the perfect Christmas gift for those looking to shed those holiday pounds. Try the Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Cups, Savory Quinoa Breakfast Crepes with Rosemary, Beef Quinoa Tamales or my colleague Chef Jon’s Quinoa Polermo Salad.