I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read The Complete Coconut Cookbook written by Camilla V. Saulsbury. Not only are the recipes numerous and easy to follow, but Saulsbury provides a wealth of information on what I believe is one of the most nutritious and versatile food staples.
The Complete Coconut Cookbook provides a brief, but very informative history of the coconut and how it has been used for centuries by many different cultures. It is great to learn where your food originates from and how it has been cultivated throughout history.
The book also discusses the numerous forms you can buy coconut in including oil, butter, and sugar, among many others. Most importantly, Saulsbury explains the various processes by which coconut products are made and which of these processes is considered the best both from a health and environmental standpoint. Saulsbury also contrasts several studies where this is concerned, specifically with coconut sugar, showing that her viewpoints are backed by research.
Of course the myriad of health benefits related to coconut is discussed, including several studies on the benefits of good fats such those found in coconut and its other benefits including immunity, heart and skin health. The actual components of coconut that provide these benefits is discussed as well.
In short, this is more than just a cookbook, but a short, very informative education on the importance of coconut and its many uses. The recipes are fabulous and Saulsbury also informs those doing the cooking how to store the ingredients and why they were chosen. I also learned about an alternative to eggs when cooking vegan besides flax seeds – psyllium!
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the coconut and begin adding it to their daily kitchen, supplement, and beauty routine!
Camilla V. Saulsbury is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and cooking instructor. She’s been featured on the Food Network, in the New York Times and on Today and QVC. This is her ninth cookbook with Robert Rose Inc.
Review by Michelle