'Heidi Swanson' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Pan-Fried Mung Beans with Tempeh

I chose this recipe for Pan-Fried Mung Beans with Tempeh to round out our Super Natural Every Day week as a bit of an experiment. On paper, this is a health food recipe through and through. I mean mung beans, tempeh, and broccoli are the stuff 1970s-era hippie health jokes were made of. I was dying to see if this could actually be tasty in the deft hand of Heidi Swanson. And sure enough, it is. More

Cook the Book: Black Sesame Otsu

A bowl of cold soba noodles are perfect hot weather eating, as we established yesterday. Mild and nutty, hearty and cooling all at once, we could really eat the noodles all summer long with no complaints. Heidi Swanson's version of soba from Super Natural Every Day dresses quick-cooked and quick-chilled buckwheat noodles with a nutty dressing of black sesame, sunflower seeds, and pine nuts sweetened with sugar and spiced with cayenne. More

Cook the Book: Kale Salad with Toasted Coconut

Something magical happens when you put dry kale in the oven. As the moisture leaves the tough raw kale, the leaves are transformed into dark green potato chip-crisp bites. Health food aficionados call them kale chips and virtuously sub them in for starchier snacks. Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, takes kale chips a step further by using them as a base for a grain salad. More

Cook the Book: Mostly Not Potato Salad

Potato salad isn't generally a very salad-y salad. It never contains more than a couple vegetables and as far as healthy points go, it comes in at pretty much nil once you get all the creaminess involved. But potato salad is a summer staple. Where would barbecues and picnics be without some sort of chilled, dressed spud salad? Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, has brilliantly solved the salad-y potato salad equation with this Mostly Not Potato Salad. More

Cook the Book: 'Super Natural Every Day'

Many of you might already be familiar with Heidi Swanson and her blog 101 Cookbooks. She began her journey in 2003 cooking her way through her massive cookbook collection and chronicling her adventures in wholesome, natural cooking on her blog, illustrating each post with her airy, light-filled photos. Her latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day is filled with nourishing, vegetable and grain heavy recipes, the sort of inspired dishes that elevate vegetarian cooking to something truly incredible. Enter here to win a copy. More

Meet & Eat: Heidi Swanson

If you've been following along with this week's Cook the Book feature, you'll have gotten to know the kinds of foods that cookbook author and longtime food blogger Heidi Swanson loves to make and share with readers. But we wanted to know a little more about her. So she's the subject of this week's Meet & Eat. More

Cook the Book: Grain-ola

In early 2003, Heidi Swanson, an enthusiastic cookbook consumer, made a resolution: "When you own over 100 cookbooks, it is time to stop buying, and start cooking." From that resolution sprang a food blog—one of the earliest, in fact—called 101cookbooks... More

Cookbook Giveaway: 'Super Natural Cooking'

Alaina mentioned earlier today that we'd be giving away five (5) copies of Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking. Don't let the subtitle scare you. Swanson's book is full of recipes that are good for you without sacrificing flavor. And if you're new to this style of cooking, there are primers galore throughout its pages. Anyway, if you want to win a copy of this book, let us know what food you find most healthful and pleasurable at the same time. Leave your thoughts in the comments and we'll choose five winners at random at the end of the week. You have until 9 p.m. PDT Saturday to enter. Serious... More

Finally, An Egg Salad Sandwich Worth Eating

I've had egg salad sandwiches foisted on me all my life at picnics despite the facts that a) I think they're gross and b) no one I know actually likes them. I mean, c'mon now—mushy cold eggs and mayo on soggy bread, what's to like? Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks hates egg salad sandwiches so much she went and made a good one, something I didn't think was possible. Add a little bit of chopped bacon, and I'll be happy to eat it!... More

Heidi Swanson Wants Me To Eat Chard

In Salon today, Sarah Karnasiewicz interviews Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks about her own new cookbook, Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways To Incorporate Whole and Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking: The problem I started to notice was that often, beyond the fruits and vegetables and artisan meats I'd see customers buying, the foundation ingredients that people used to cook or support their farmers market finds were still heavily processed -- like nutritionally barren flours and grains, highly refined sugars, jams and jellies, or nut butters made from heavily sprayed crops, and industrially produced cooking oils.So in a way, the cookbook grew naturally out of what I was doing in my own kitchen. I'd decided that I wanted the supporting... More

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