Kathy Hester, who is the best selling author of The Great Vegan Bean Book among others, has done it again! Her new book Oatrageous Oatmeals had me intrigued. Who knew this simple grain could be used in so many delicious ways? She has managed to come up with “delicious and surprising plant-based dishes from this humble, heart-healthy grain. Now I have always loved oatmeal for breakfast. I was a little girl when my Daddy would make me a special treat of oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins for a hearty breakfast before school. But I have never thought of oatmeal as anything but a breakfast dish or an ingredient in a somewhat healthy cookie.
In her great wisdom Kathy has come up with such a variety of dishes that it blows my mind. Now you all know that I am not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. But that doesn’t stop me from incorporated such dishes into my repertoire on a weekly basis. And this book will help you do that as well. It is divided into wonderful categories such as: Do It Yourself Staples, Warming Oats for Fall and Winter, Cooling Breakfast Oats for Spring and Summer, Granolas and Bars for Breakfast and Beyond, Satisfying Soups and Stews, Savory Oats for Lunch and Dinner, Delightful Desserts, Drinks, Oat Milk and Even an Oat Liquor and lastly Beyond the Dining Room, Other Uses for Oats.
Just the mere diverseness is mind boggling! But really who wouldn’t enjoy Baked Apple-Blueberry Pancakes or Pumpkin Coffee Cake Oatmeal or Bourbon Scented Pecan Granola? Just thinking about them makes my mouth water. I never imagined that you could make fabulous risotto with oats. But Kathy proved me wrong with her savory Mushroom Sun Dried Tomato Steel Cut Oat Risotto. And really made me sit up and take notice with her Oats-bury Steaks and Not-from-a-Box Mac and Oat Chez.
To learn more about Kathy and her recipes you owe it to yourself to first off buy the book, but also check out her blog at HealthySlowCooking.com. And to entice you even further here are a couple of examples of her delicious recipes.