Nourishing Noodles is the first book from Chris Anca, creator of popular food blog Tales of a Kitchen.
Centred around the theme of spiralized fruit and vegetables, the book contains 90 vegan-friendly, gluten-free recipes divided into seven chapters – Breakfasts, Appetisers and Snacks, Soups, Raw Entrées, Entrées, Desserts, and Extras.
While there's nothing especially ground-breaking here – swiss chard wraps, zucchini noodles with kale pesto, butternut squash pancakes – the recipes are, unusually for a wholly plant-based book, well balanced nutritionally. Pretty full-page photos run alongside each recipe, with measurements given in cups, spoons and grams.
I guess it goes without saying that one would need to possess a spiralizer to recreate the recipes satisfactorily, but no other specialised equipment is required. Many of the methods have multiple parts –i.e. spiralizing the produce, cooking the protein, making the dressing –so it would be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the recipe you intend to make before you start to make it.
Most of the ingredients used are easy to source but a few are on the pricier side and if your cupboard was bare and you went to the supermarket armed with a list, some of the recipes could be considered expensive. (For example, the Rainbow Super Bowl [above, right] serves two and would cost £30.) Non-perishable items appear again and again, however, so once you've stocked your larder, a teaspoon of miso paste here and a sprinkling of saffron strands there doesn't seem so bank account-breaking.
I kinda feel like spiralizing has had its moment (and that moment was two years ago) but I'm fully on board with any book that puts fresh produce front and centre and compels its readers to eat mindfully-made, nutrient-dense meals. Nourishing Noodles isn't an instant classic but it would make a nice addition to your kitchen bookshelf if you're looking to switch up your salads this summer.
176 pages | 70 mins | bookdepository.com
Review copy kindly provided by Race Point Publishing.