Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review--Sprouts: The Miracle Food

Lisa over at The Survival Mom had a giveaway a few months back, and I won a book! Sprouts: The Miracle Food by Steve Meyerowitz was my first introduction to the world of sprouting. I admit, I wasn’t very knowledgeable about sprouts. I mean, I buy them occasionally at the grocery store, if we’re planning on salads for dinner or something. But I probably couldn’t tell you what kind of sprouts they were. In fact, I didn’t realize there were so many different kinds!

Steve goes into great detail describing the different kinds of sprouts, the best growing conditions for them, what recipes they’re good for, and what holistic qualities each type possesses.  Sometimes the topics covered in the book don’t segue very well, but it’s definitely an informative book, and one I plan on keeping in the kitchen with my cooking books for easy access. I really appreciate the Review section in the back of the book, which condenses the simple directions for sprout-growing. There’s a Sprout Chart as well, which lists a variety of sprout types, number of days to maturity, best growing method (there’s several), and suggested use for the sprouts. There are sprout salads, sprout juices, and sprout breads. Some sprouts are good for baking in casseroles or baking in cookies. Some sprouts are good as a dry-roasted snack. Who knew?

If I had to pick something about this book that I didn’t like, it would be the poor grammar. It just seemed like this book didn’t get proofread. There was even a page that got repeated in the wrong spot, and a resulting missing page.

But, I can’t wait to try sprouting. It’s a wholesome, natural way to add vitamins and protein to a diet. That will be important, too, if we have to start using our food storage food, which loses much of its nutritional value in the preservation processes.


  1. You won? Nice job! Glad to hear people actually win those prizes. I like SurvivalMom too. She was one of the first blogs I found (she lives somewhere in my neck of the woods).

    Thanks for the review too. I think the grammar errors would have driven me nuts ;-)

    (I'm getting booted out after logging in to Google Account I have to post Anon)

    --Orange Jeep Dad

  2. Thanks! I won a food storage cookbook on another site that I'll review soon, too.

    I know what you mean about Google--lots of people seem to be having trouble with it right now. So far I've been immune (knock on wood!)