The Probiotic Kitchen

The Probiotic Kitchen

With breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, The Probiotic Kitchen has a recipe for every need. Also included are smoothies, condiments, dressings, drinks, sauces, snacks, soups, salads, and appetizers.

But wait? What are probiotics and why should I eat them? Probiotics are live cultures that promote good gut health. The most common example is yogurt—though not all yogurt has the live active cultures that make it probiotic. Some other probiotic foods include kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso paste, sauerkraut, tempeh, some cottage and hard aged cheeses, and pickles—but only the refrigerated kind.

While it may be easier to just buy these foods, the author suggests that making them at home is both cheap and easy. Starting with sauerkraut and moving up to kimchi and even salsa, the recipes look simple enough for me to try.

The rest of the recipes use ingredients from the store or farmer’s market. Some are surprising like a kimchi omelet, kombucha float, or barley risotto. Others are the more traditional Buddha bowls and vegan salads found elsewhere.

Once again, I am disappointed that no nutritional or allergen information was provided in The Probiotic Kitchen. However, the fermented salsa sounds just intriguing enough to get me to try making it. Maybe while sipping a blood orange kefir lassi? 3.5 stars!

Thanks to Harvard Common Press, Quarto and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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