Fifty Shades of Kale
By Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh
Kale juice, crunch kale chips, kale Caesar salad on restaurant menus … kale is the new black! We got the last confirmation that people are indeed crazy for this cruciferous veggie when our local Latino grocer started selling the Tuscan variety alongside queso de Oaxaca and homemade tortillas.
Fifty Shades of Kale takes kale to lofty new heights via recipes that sneak it into anything from pizza and fajitas to chocolate dessert and Campari cocktails. Whether you are already one of its devotees or still need to embrace this shade of green, you will love the practical recipes including huevos rancheros; black bean soup with fresh lime; and mushroom and kale risotto; and might even be tempted by the kale Pisco Sour and The Lacchiato — yes, it’s a kale macchiato!
Aside from admiring the gorgeously photographed dishes and trying the whimsical recipes, you’ll also learn some valuable info such as that kale is one of the “Dirty Dozen,” i.e. foods featuring loads of pesticides; so buy organic. You’ll encounter varieties beyond the curly kind used to decorate buffets, and you’ll come across valuable health tips on every other page.
Although it may not help your love life as much as the book it was named after, Fifty Shades of Kale will do wonders for your well-being.
Reviewed by Sylvie Greil