Miraval's Sweet and Savory Cooking
Miraval's Sweet andSavory Cooking is a blend of two styles of cooking by Miraval Resort and Spa's Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. Although they're from two very different areas of the kitchen, this husband and wife team has come together to create a unique cookbook that will take you on an exciting journey of culinary delights that are sure to please the palate and respect the waistline. With the use of fresh ingredients and healthy spa-cuisine techniques, Justin and Kim will show you how to bring the Miraval experience to your own kitchen.
Whatever your culinary skill level may be, you'll learn to blend flavors to create bold, delicious dishes without the added calories and fat. A number of celiac-friendly recipes and low-fat substitutions are also included so you can prepare meals that fit the dietary needs of you and your family.
In addition to the array of recipes that align with Miraval's dedication to optimal well-being, Justin and Kim provide information on proper cooking tools and equipment, helpful hints and kitchen safety tips, and a handy shopping list to keep your pantry well stocked. Beautiful color photographs throughout will inspire you, and insights on techniques and serving suggestions will guide your every step.
We hope you enjoy Miraval's Sweet and Savory Cooking, and thank you for allowing us to share our passion for mindful, imaginative cuisine with you!
Miraval's Sweet & Savory Cooking features recipes from Miraval Resort and Spa's Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. I had heard wonderful things about Miraval Resort, and this book certainly did not disappoint. The recipes are filled with fresh ingredients and healthy spa-cuisine techniques. There are even a few gluten free recipes, and low fat substitutions.
What I loved most was that the recipes are easy to follow, while still having some that are more unique. Many of the recipes look like something you would find in a very expensive restaurant or spa setting! It was exciting to have the chance to try some of these amazing meals out at home. Of course I was drawn to the sweet side first, a delicious vanilla coffee cake to be exact. Oh it was so tasty! And with the use of plain yogurt, it was friendly to the waist line as well as our taste buds!
I am also looking forward to trying more from the savory side, and for sure trying more of the sweet side too. Dinner and lunch ideas are always a bit scarce in our household, so it's nice to have a new cookbook to pull from. Especially when the cookbook has such mouthwatering photos inside. And it's even better to know that the recipes come from a reputable, healthy, kitchen.
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
Miraval Resort and Spa Chef’s Justin and Kim Macy have collaborated on a cookbook with delicious recipes to be created at home. The foreward is penned by Michael Tompkins, CEO, Miraval Resort and Spa, “…a sweet and savory balance between the chefs on a personal level, too…Justin Cline Macy is Miraval’s executive chef, and Kim Macy is the pastry chef—and they’re husband and wife.”He also states, “Justin looks for ways to reduce added oil,…..Kim chooses to use smaller amounts of rich ingredients…”
The Chefs give their secret ingredients they like to use. Kim, “fresh seasonal berries”, and Justin, “Miraval’s balsamic reduction.” They belive some of the best equipment used in any kitchen is: blenders, coffee griners, cutting boards, fine mesh strainers and fish spatula to name a few. Their recipe book is divided into six sections with delectable sounding dishes. I picked a few recipes from each section:
Kim’s Breakfast Treats, Quick Breads, and Yeast Breads: Rosemary, Garlic, and Honey Focaccia; Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Scones
Justin’s Soups, Salads, and Appetizers: Scallops with Lemon Vinaigrette and Frisee; Roasted Baby Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Justin’s Main Dishes: Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Fruit Salsa; Sear Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Sauce
Miraval Basics, Accents, and Side Dishes: Balsamic-Onion Relish; Parmesan-Sage Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Kim’s Cookies, Bars, and Baked Goods: Coconut Lime Bars; Mint Chocolate Macaroons
Kim’s Cakes, Custards, and Other Desserts: Tiramisu Torte; Low-Fat Lemon-Buttermilk Pound Cake; Meringue Tartlet Crusts
I recommend this cookbook for everyone who loves to cook. This would be a great addition to enhance your culinary skills.
I received this book free from Hay House Publications for this review.
Filled with information from topics of the proper tools, helpful hints and of course lovely recipes, this book is a delight for any one that would love to try cooking and baking some of the wonderful servings they would get at this resort. Healthy food with a mixture of sweet and savory appealing recipes are offered in this book.
The recipes begin with breakfast treats such as lemon-glazed blueberry scones and includes breads and yeast breads as well. I was delighted that I had most of the items already in my kitchen.
Justin’s contributions come next in this cookbook, offering Soups, Salads, and Appetizers. I loved the variety of the recipes and again let me create them in my own kitchen with little shopping for added items. Wonderful recipes are great but if you have to go over your budget at the grocery store to acquire the ingredients then it comes to little use in the kitchen. I found the recipes I was intrigued to try both within my budget and expanded my knowledge of the types of foods out there to try.
The Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce was a favorite of mine and I will make that often for family and friends to enjoy.
The main dishes also created by Jason Macy were easy for me to switch into a vegetarian meal by omitting the meat and substituting it for something else. There are dishes that contained no meat such as the Lentil Portobello Roll-Ups with Feta and Tomatillo, Lime, and Roasted Corn Salsa and others.
The book ends with Kim’s Cookies, Bars, and Baked Goods which made my mouth water just looking at the photos. I can not even begin to describe all the wonderful desserts in this book and the ones I tried were delicious!
This is a great cookbook to purchase for yourself or for someone you know that loves to cook. It is well planned and will introduce the recipient to a wide selection of pastry and foods. This has an abundant amount of recipes to try and is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection. The main thing I love about this book is that I haven’t found a recipe yet that I don’t want to try. So often I get cook books and only find a few recipes feasible economically to fix or are within my interest zone. I will probably be cooking new recipes from this book 6 months to a year from now as it is packed with great recipes that will suit different occasions.