I recently had the pleasure of attending the book launch party for Michael Natkin’s new cookbook, Herbivoracious, where I ate some wonderful food at Candle 79 . I also got a copy of the cookbook to cook from, as well as a copy that YOU could win!
Whether you are a vegetarian, are looking for new ways to incorporate vegetables in to your diet, or just love pasta and grains, this cookbook aims to please. It is colorful and the recipes will all make you salivate. From blue potato tarts and shiitake tacos with asian pear slaw to corn and tomato confit risotto, stuffed and baked polenta and apple celery sorbet, there is a little something for everyone, and it is a great way to learn about different ingredients and herbs that most of us don’t usually combine or cook with. When I saw the recipe for banana raita, with its jalapenos and mustard seeds, I was hesitant. But when I saw the chickpea fritters, I knew that they would be friends, and so that is what I made first. It didn’t hurt that they are doing a recipe contest called Cook from the Book, and I hope you will vote for me! and be sure to check out how many other great recipes were brought to life in people’s homes. But most importantly, VOTE FOR ME! haha.
I followed Michael’s chickpea recipe for the most part, but I did do a few things different, as I am not one to follow a recipe, mostly because I like to use what I have versus buying new ingredients. So instead of frying in oil, I fried them in a mix of oil and the ridiculously delicious cilantro lime butter I got from BK Swappers Swap
When I pulled them hot from the pan, I sprinkled them with the coriander salt I got from the same event. Coriander is one of my favorite flavors, and I knew it would only enhance an already awesome fritter of chickpeas, sesame seeds, and scallions. I placed the fritters on top of a bed of spinach dressed with lemon and topped with with a dollop of Michael’s fresh banana raita, which turned out creamy and with a magical new flavor I had never experienced before.
I drizzled fresh tomato conserve (also from the swap!) around the perimeter and settled in to try it! It was a deeply satisfying meal covering all food groups, and of course I got double satisfaction from utilizing so many of the swap goodies.
And now I want to know what YOU would make! All you have to do is leave a comment below stating why you want the book, or what you think of the dish I made, and a winner will be chosen at random on Monday, June 11th at 11am. Think of it as all of your names going in to a virtual hat. Only one comment will be counted per person, and then the cookbook will be shipped to anywhere in the continental U.S.
Let the games begin!
*June 11th* A winner has been chosen! APRIL DEMARCO!!!!!! Chosen at random, as proven below. (Her 2nd comment was not included in the numbers, and neither was mine) HOORAY! Congratulations! You are going to LOVE this book! Please email me the address you would like it to be mailed to – Kitchen@uglyfoodtastesbetter.com As for everyone else, thanks for playin’ and be sure to check out a copy on your own!