Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature -Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast

Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature- Unicorn Food: Beautiful Plant-Based Recipes to Nurture Your Inner Magical Beast by Kat Odell

Unicorn Food is the food trend redefining clean eating, with plant-based dishes that are as bewitchingly beautiful and Instagrammable as they are nourishing and delicious. Now, in a kaleidoscope of 75 innovative, naturally colorful recipes, food journalist Kat Odell—author of Day Drinking and entrepreneur behind the alt-milk brand Unicorn Foods—introduces healthy, vibrant dishes that are as fun to eat as they are good for you.  

The ingredients are all natural and nutrient packed, ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to superfoods like flax seeds, coconut oil, spirulina, chia, and bee pollen. And the hyper-colorful, creative recipes are perfect for healthy-forward eaters, including gently flavored nut milks, grain bowls loaded with fresh vegetables, probiotic breakfast custards, toasts with slathers and spreads. This is health food filled with joy, and in all the colors of the rainbow: the deep glowing yellow of a Frozen Turmeric Lassi, the greens of Bean Thread Noodle Salad with Miso-Arugula Pesto, the intense oranges and purples of Sweet + Sour Rainbow Radish Tacos, the tie-dye rainbow effect of Pineapple Kimchi Summer Sunset Rolls, and the pastels of Strawberry-Pink Peppercorn “Ice Cream” Sticks.

Filled with dazzling full-color photographs, and published in a package as special  as the dishes themselves, Unicorn Food is a cookbook of real beauty, in the look, in the recipes, in the spirit of the food itself.

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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose

Amazon Review

Zen*Yogi*GirlVINE VOICE5.0 out of 5 stars Unique plant based book that produces stunning dishes in colors of the rainbow Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018Verified Purchase

I first read about this book in a podcast I subscribe to and was immediately intrigued as though I have quite – okay a ridiculous – collection of plant based books, I have nothing at all like this and we all know that eating vibrant colors that are natural, tends to up the nutrient count.

The book is stunning to begin with but also loaded with unique recipes that I have not seen anywhere else. The book begins with a look at the concept of “unicorn food” which the author describes as natures magic – foods that are vivid from naturally derived colors straight from nature. The movement began on the coasts with Unicorn milks and drinks and the author morphs it into dishes.

Then there is a look at how to stock your pantry, some foods being relatively mundane such as blueberries, cacao and chia seeds but also beware that to fully immerse yourself in these recipes you may need to shell out a little on some ‘superfoods’ such as Spirulina, Maca and medicinal mushrooms. I purchased this book as I do already have many of these on hand and have found many of them here on Amazon or in my local Trader Joe’s. A high speed blender is also another must for some of these drinks.

The recipes are divided into 4 main sections: Unicorn milks and other drinks; Brunch Every Day, Snacks and Sweets and Slathers, Spreads and Sidekicks. Some recipes are quite simple, others involve multiple steps and having to make one item to incorporate into another for example, making a orange blossom clove custard to add to the probiotic rainbow bowl. So for me many of these dishes will be weekend creations when I have a little more time on hand. So far my favorite breakfast dish is the hazelnut mocha overnight oats as its a little like a coffee infused Nutella dish and I followed the suggestion of adding some medicinal mushrooms to up the nutritional goodness.

Another thing I loved about this book was a section that addresses using ‘waste’ to create dishes which in itself is fast becoming a movement as people try and cut down on waste . This finds use of the pulp left over from nut milk and kale stems though I wish it would go further with some more ideas though it is a nice start.

The main courses are colorful with her take on tacos, pastas and noodles. The desserts are beautiful and include ice creams and pops, cakes and donuts – all plant based; and the dips and spreads include jams, pumpkin butter and a healthier take on Nutella.

The book is an interesting read and quite unique in both the content and the recipes. Just be aware that you will need a shopping trip if you do not have a pantry stocked with the ingredients it takes to create these unicorn dishes, but it can be quickly done on line (though not cheaply) but the end results are well worth it both for the looks, taste and impact on your overall health!

GoodReads Review

Jenny Houle rated it it was amazing

UNICORN FOOD isn’t just about changing the coloring of food using all natural ingredients, as many of the cookbooks with similar titles seem to be about lately. This book is a cookbook on multiple levels, and provides recipes for those just generally trying to get healthy. The author is careful not to use terms like “superfood” because they are so overused now, and I really appreciated that. As one recently placed on an anti-inflammatory diet, this book is going to be super helpful in finding creative ways to make required foods more tasty and inviting.

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