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Graze*

Uneven Collection of Recipes

There is a multiplicity of ideas out there currently about the best ways to eat healthfully. One of the concepts is grazing, which means to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. This book purports to be a collection of recipes that will assist you if you want to follow that eating practice. I found this book to be an odd combination of recipes. Compared to later meals, there is a LOT of breakfast recipes. While I love a good breakfast recipe, that’s just one meal. Given that you’re meant to eat more than three meals a day if you graze, it seems odd to split a recipe book on the topic into the traditional three-meal structure. (Odd, too, that the author was VERY specific about the times of lunch and dinner in the Table of Contents.) Maybe split it into times of the day or group likes together (egg dishes, chicken dishes, soups, etc.). Most of the breakfast recipes themselves seemed either relatively simple or like any generic recipe of the type that one could find on the internet (like mug recipes or McMuffin variants). Sometimes, a recipe seemed nonsensical, like pasta salad for one. Pasta salad is definitely a dish that improves with age, so why not make it easier on yourself as a grazer and make a large batch that you could enjoy over the course of several days? That is one of the problems with many of these recipes; part of the difficulty of grazing is having to make so many dishes. Some in this book, especially in the lunch and dinner portion, are quite complex. I couldn’t imagine making four, five, or six of these recipes in a day. All I would be doing was cooking!

The recipes themselves seemed to have no consistency in format. Some recipes use imperial measurements while others use metric ones, both for quantities and oven temperatures. To make the recipes the most useful to a broad audience, each recipe should have both forms of measurement, but I would just be happy with consistency.

The book is mostly recipes. There is a very brief introduction that in places just seemed odd. For instance, here is a quote from it where I can’t really figure out the meaning the author was intending because something was left off the second half of the sentence: “After eating, you should feel satisfied and before you graze again, you want to feel, without regret.” All in all, I don’t see how this is necessarily a book that will help people who want to graze as a healthful eating technique.

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