Bite this Book: The Nourished Kitchen

The latest cookbook to take up residence on my kitchen counter is Jennifer McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen.

With the tagline Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle, Jenny’s is actually a pretty close representation of how I cook for my family on a daily basis: wholesome, nourishing foods, sourced and prepared mindfully, with a nod to old world culinary traditions and techniques. I’m delighted to find new inspiration in The Nourished Kitchen.

The cookbook is a fresh take on unprocessed foods; 160 recipes prettily packaged alongside helpful headnotes and beautiful photographs. It is one I know I will reach for and cook from for many years to come.

Read on for an interview with Jennifer and a chance to win a copy of The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle.

The Nourished Kitchen

Q&A with Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen.

1. What is the traditional foods lifestyle? Can you explain for someone who may be hearing this term for the first time?

Traditional Foods are the foods of past generations: whole, unprocessed and prepared with time-honored techniques that maximize the nourishment they contain. They’re the foods you’d enjoy if you sat down at your great-great grandmother’s table. Long-simmered bone broths, whole-grain sourdough breads, vegetables served with plenty of butter, slow-roasted meats, wild-caught fish, organ meats, raw dairy and fermented foods like sauerkraut, milk kefir and kombucha are feature prominently within the traditional foods movement. At its essence, though, are simple, balanced whole foods prepared with time-honored culinary traditions.

2. What is your history in the nourishing food movement?

My journey with traditional foods began when my son, now 8, was about 9 months old. I read Nutritional and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price, and found myself fascinated by his research and his insight into traditional diets around the world. In desperate search for community within the broader movement, which was small and fringe at the time, I started Nourished Kitchen as a way to work my way through my own journey and to share recipes with my husband, who was a stay-at-home parent. It’s about this time that my husband and I took on prominent roles within the roots of our farmers market, and we began to grow the traditional foods movement within our own community as well as online through Nourished Kitchen.

Years later, the traditional foods movement has blossomed, and techniques and foods once considered fringe like milk kefir, kombucha, and bone broth are rising in popularity. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to take an active role in championing causes related to the traditional foods movement, acting as an advocate for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the Savory Institute and speaking at the Weston A Price Foundation’s annual conference. I also teach cooking classes and workshops on traditional foods across the country.

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3. Your recipes are so seasonal and inspiring; do you have a favourite month for produce and what is your ideal market or garden haul?

That’s tough to answer. At first I think spring because I love those first few greens and strawberries that appear with the new season. As soon as I tire of those, the robust tomatoes and syrupy sweet peaches of summer are ready, and I fall in love again. And so it goes with fall and winter too, where at that very moment I’m in love with what’s fresh: apples, root vegetables and winter squash.

4. You’re a mother, like many of my readers; is there any advice you can give for raising good eaters with a healthy approach to traditional foods and food culture?

When you provide children with a wide variety of wholesome foods from the beginning, they become accustomed to wholesome foods. When you cook at home most of the time, cook whole foods from scratch most of the time, you don’t have to worry about the occasional trip eating out, the occasional birthday party or occasional school treat.

One step to helping kids to develop a healthy relationship with food is to provide them with the opportunity to garden, shop and prepare food at home. These activities inspire children, encouraging their creativity and help them to get excited about healthy foods.

In essence, do the best you can, cook at home when you can, and don’t sweat the occasional treat.

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publishers at Ten Speed Press, I have a copy of The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle to giveaway. (North America only, please)

To enter:

To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and tell me something you hope to glean from this cookbook. That’s it!

Remember: If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email.

Giveaway ends Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 AM EST. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. This amazing way of eating is all new to my 20 year old daughter and myself; however we’re embracing it with open arms now! I’ve recently lost 27kg’s through sensible eating and exercise. We’ve mastered the milk kefir process and are introducing new things one at a time. We’re slowly accumulating the resources to enhance our lifestyle change and would love to add this book.

  2. I would love to learn some more staple dinner recipes I can make anytime that I know is good for my family.

  3. My family and I have lived overseas for more than 10 years before we moved to the U.S. I find it very difficult to prepare meals from scratch here, and I believe “The Nourished Kitchen” would greatly help me cook and provide “real food” for my family. I miss cooking from scratch where we previously lived. I would like to learn how to cook traditionally here in the Western country.

  4. Missy Warrens says

    I just made liked Nourished Kitchen on Facebook and made the Buttered Spinach recipe last week. I would love to have the cookbook. More and more I find myself wanting to know how grandma made this or that.

  5. Melissa Durkin says

    I enjoy cooking for my family. I try to make everything as simple and healthy as possible. I always looking for fun and new recipes. I think The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook would be perfect for our family. I cannot wait to learn something new!

  6. Donnisha Jones says

    I hope to learn about fermented foods

  7. Most good things begin with simple changes; in my effort to improve the health of me and my family, good food choices and healthy changes are a must. This cookbook looks like just the starting point I need to support the change we all need in our dietary lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt that the book is beautiful to look at! Thank you for an opportunity to win this beautiful book. Kind regards…

  8. Beck Weston says

    Hi,
    I am looking to inspire my children to cook healthy foods as the “norm” in their lives. This beautiful book looks like it is filled with wholefood recipes for my children to gain nourishment and knowledge from.
    Thanks

  9. Sara Grotz says

    I would love to learn more about fermentation. It is something new to me and I would love to try.

  10. Michelle Anderson says

    Getting the opportunity to get back to basic recipes would be sheer pleasure. Recently I have been searching for more items to make from scratch & going to the farmers markets to get vegetables that are better for you. I would love to have a copy of your book to help me learn more.

  11. Kristin Lewis says

    Fermenting techniques and new dinner ideas!

  12. I would love this book to learn more about fermenting. My family was sick a LOT this past winter and spring and I want to learn to heal our guts with good bacteria to build our immune systems!

  13. Stacy harrison says

    With the Nourished Kitchen I am hoping to learn recipes from past generations to share with my loved ones!

  14. I would love to discover some recipes that would inspire me to cook with seasonal ingredients. A lot of seasonal ingredients are completely new to me, I need ideas!

  15. I would love to expand my real food cooking repertoire and venture into the world of sourdough. 🙂

  16. I am interested in learning more about traditional preparation techniques to add to my current from scratch cooking.

  17. I have never had a healthy relationship with food. My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents all lost touch with what real food is, and I grew up not really understanding what a healthy diet really looks like. I am a new mommy and just found out I have hypothyroidism which is often linked to poor diet. I am looking for a change and the research I’ve done points me to traditional foods. I would use this cookbook to try and reverse some of the negative side effects poor diet has done to my health and to set the foundation of a healthy lifestyle for my new little family 🙂

  18. I am DESPERATE for this book. I follow Jenny on Facebook, and subscribe to her menu plan. This book would help me get even more in depth in to fully nourishing foods!

  19. Nicole Simpson says

    Recipes!

  20. I want to learn more about cooking naturally fermented foods to heal my body and nourish my immune system.

  21. Jackie D. says

    I would like to learn have a good set of go to recipes that not only nourish our bodies but helps connect us with the origins of food. I am slowly making my way in this direction by making as much as I can at home instead of purchasing boxed items – but I could really use additional help! I really would love to win this book!

  22. Meaghan Ellis says

    I would LOVE to learn more about fermented foods and soaked grains- and especially how to prepare foods in a nourishing, traditional way for my family of five!

  23. I would love to have “nourished kitchen” to help me for several upcoming house warming parties for our new place!

  24. I would love the assistance of this cookbook to become more in tune with cooking seasonally and inspiring more trips to the local farmers market!

  25. Stephanie says

    I have been coveting this book!!! As a family, our goal is to simplify our lives and make everything more meaningful, and one of the ways we are doing this is through our eating habits. More from scratch, delicious, as natural as possible food.

  26. I enjoy cooking for my family and always try to cook healthy wholesome meals. Would love to learn something new

  27. I am very interested in getting away from processed food and would love to read this.

  28. I’ve been trying to eat better, I’ve started making my own sourdough bread – can’t imagine going back to regular bought bread and want to learn more.

    • Plus I’m trying to get away from the unhealthy fat, salt and chemically laden foods,.

  29. Nicole Kelly says

    My husband and I are in the middle of a cleanse. The way we feel after 12 days is proof that we should continue on this clean eating road! This cookbook would be sooooo helpful! I love to cook and try new recipes!

  30. I would love to learn sour dough bread making
    And more ways to bring healthy, tasty food
    To my family

  31. I love to learn more about fermented foods and new healthy recipes to make lasting memories for my family! As I can still remember the taste of my mom’s delicious food she always made with fresh ingredients and lots of love!

  32. I would love to add more variety to my cooking. I love to make more fermented food too!

  33. Nat Russell says

    I’ve always tried to eat fairly healthy, but around 6 weeks ago we started on a journey with my family and have been on a huge learning curve about health, digestion, healing, slow cooking and fermentation. What this has done for my family is truly mind blowing, and I would love to enhance that with more information. Wishing everyone good health 🙂 x

  34. There are so many things I could stand to learn! Nourishing broths, nutritive ferments, how to cook more seasonally, for starts!

  35. Haley Makarov says

    My daughter has struggled with eczema on her arms for two years, which is as long as she has been eating food. I recently learned it’s controlled by diet & we are really struggling to make the adjustment to more whole foods. This book would be such a wonderful help & tool! It looks absolutely gorgeous as well! I would be eternally grateful!

  36. I would love to become better at cooking with what is in season, using the freshest, raw ingredients I can find.

  37. I’d love to learn how to make sourdough bread

  38. I’d like to learn about fermentation

  39. I’d like some new ideas for feeding my family

  40. Cathy LeGrand says

    i want to set a great example for my family and help us lose weight and stay healthy by using these recipes.

  41. I would love to learn about fermenting foods!

  42. i love the concept of this book, and i want to incorporate mindful cooking into our family’s day everyday! thanks for the opportunity!

  43. I hope to learn some new tecniques and ideas for healthy tasty food.

  44. Jessica M. says

    I’d love to get new inspiration for local, seasonal eating!

  45. I would be so interested in having this cookbook! I want to cook healthy meals for my family and raise my children (now 2 1/2 and 1 yr old) in eating healthy meals with real food. Thank you!

  46. I’m a cancer survivor and searching for sound nutritional wisdom. With so much information, often contradictory, my instincts guide me to real whole foods. This cookbook looks like the perfect tool for me. Thank you!

  47. Hannah Mudd says

    I would love a copy of this book. I love to cook for my family. I am always looking for better ways of cooking.

  48. Laurel Moore says

    I love the cover of your book and would love to learn new and healthy recipes for my family and friends.

  49. I’ve wanted to try fermenting foods for awhile now, so this book looks great. Love that it’s based in seasonal eating, too!

  50. My husband and I have just started following the Paleo lifestyle. The fermented food and bone broth would be perfect 🙂