Cookbook Review – Inspiralized
Several months ago I purchased my spiralizer and absolutely love it. When I saw that Ali Maffucci (blogger from inspiralized.com) had a cookbook out, I couldn’t wait to get it. Since then, I ordered another copy for my daughter who loves vegetables as much as I do and shipped it to her in California. My only regret from this book is that I wish I had waited and ordered Ali’s new version of the spiralizer (called the Inspiralizer) that she invented. It might be an upgrade from mine. You know the drill…you order a mandoline from Pampered Chef and the next year they come out with a new model that has three more attachments than yours?
So, I have been cooking out of this book now for several weeks and if you are a vegetable lover, you will adore this book. If you are trying to cut out carbs, you will adore this book and if you are trying to pack more raw or just simply veggies into your life…this is the book for you.
If you are picky and hate vegetables, it is not.
However, I made a believer out of my husband when I cooked the Sweet Potato Carbonara for him. He loved it. I loved it. We want to make it often.
The book is very informative and it’s obvious the author, who is of Italian descent and whose family loves their pasta, has played around A LOT with the recipes and perfected them. She gives a lot of expertise on making the various noodles in different sizes and even instructs on how to convert the noodles to “rice” and specifics on what vegetables work and don’t work when spiralizing and what to embrace and not try with different vegetables as well.
I happen to adore different ethnicities of food so I appreciate the diversity of the recipes like Mexican and Thai flavors as well as Italian and southern dishes, etc. This is not a vegan or vegetarian book so meat is also included in many dishes.
Recipes next on my list to try are Spicy Butternut Squash Nachos, Noodle Chicken Soup and Collard Hummus Wraps with Golden Beets and Sprouts. I am adventurous when it comes to vegetables but there are plenty of less adventurous recipes as well like Caprese Zucchini Salad, Pesto Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes and Garlic Lemon Broccoli with Bacon.
And it’s not just a cookbook of pasta dishes. There are recipes for Breakfast, Soups Stews and Salads and even Rice Dishes and Casseroles and yes, there is even a dessert section.
This book is quickly becoming well-loved and well-used at our house. I look forward to trying many of the recipes.