Cookbook Review: The Nourished Kitchen

The Nourished Kitchen
Jennifer McGruther

The Traditional Foods movement is something that is gaining in popularity here in the US.  If you’re unsure of what this movement is, here’s how defines traditional foods:

“Traditional foods are those foods which nourished our ancestors throughout history and prehistory prior to the advent of the industrialization of food. The industrialization of food largely began in the 19th century and entrenched itself in standard diets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Deeply nourishing, traditional foods as our ancestors knew them were unprocessed, naturally raised, largely raw and decidedly unrefined. These foods represent the natural diet of humankind and, as such, nourished the natural growth and evolution of the human species for thousands of years prior to the industrialization of food.”

It sounds simple enough, but when you start reading about it, it can be a bit overwhelming.  It’s interesting to learn about what how our ancestors prepared food before the industrialization of food, while none of it is hard it does some take some time and forethought.  Eating traditionally is a little more complicated than just going to the grocery and coming home to make dinner. Because the processing of food was done by individual families, it was done a bit different than it’s now done on a large scale. What researchers are finding out, however, is that our bodies really prefer when foods are traditionally prepared rather than when they are mass processed.

I’ve read a bit here and there about traditional foods and have tried to put some of the methods into practice.  Some of these have been easier for me than others, my biggest problem is taking the time to think ahead so that I can get foods prepared. When I was checking out books available for review on I was excited to find The Nourished Kitchen on the list.  I have checked out Jennifer’s website from time to time and am a sucker for a new cookbook, so I figured this was a win-win situation. 🙂

The Nourished Kitchen is a beautiful cookbook filled with pictures, science and amazing insight from the author.  While some of the recipes are not ones that appeal to me, they all seem to be things that are simple to prepare even when employing traditional methods. I’m currently in the process of making sauerkraut from the recipe in the book, but I can’t comment on it’s taste since it’s a months long process. I really like the fact that at the beginning of each section the author, Jennifer McGruther, takes the time to explain a bit about the traditional preparations of foods in that section as well as how to find the best quality supplies.

Though not all of the recipes seem appealing to me, I can’t wait to try out some more of them and lead our family further down the path toward healthier living.


I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:
If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.


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