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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson

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  • Cucumber salad

    • TippyCanoe on November 24, 2015

      This has a particularly nice vinegar/lemon dressing with lemongrass. I had some left over so I used it over roasted beets. Very nice. Great vegetarian lunch with protein from tofu and pine nuts.

  • Fennel stew

    • maggiewt on March 04, 2016

      flavor was good - we didn't follow the directions exactly, and definitely regretted it.

  • Red lentil hummus

    • Rutabaga on December 25, 2015

      I enjoyed this hummus alternative, although my husband said he prefers chickpea hummus. Your preference will probably depend on whether you like chickpeas or red lentils best. It's very creamy and thick, so extra water (or lemon juice, if you like it tangy) may be needed. I topped it with plenty of flavorful olive oil, nigella seeds, and flaky sea salt.

    • cedarmakesthings on January 30, 2016

      Really good, I was at first afraid it was too much tahini, but it had a nice balance. I needed more cooking water than the recipe called for, as it came out a bit dry.

    • TrishaCP on February 12, 2016

      As others have said, this makes a really creamy and smooth hummus. I didn't miss the nutty chickpea flavor as much as I had thought either, so would definitely make red lentil hummus again. But I did find it verging on bland, so definitely plan more lemon juice, and definitely don't neglect the toppings.

  • Sprout salad

    • cedarmakesthings on March 04, 2016

      This was incredibly delicious. I used green lentils that I sprouted a few days prior. Even my four year old vegetable hater loved this!

    • Rutabaga on May 26, 2016

      I used this recipe for inspiration, altering it to fit what I had on hand. Since I only had regular old bean sprouts from the store, I added a can of cannellini beans, and mixed in some fresh salad greens with the beans. In the yogurt, I used finely chopped green onions. This is definitely one of those Swanson recipes where the simplicity of the ingredients work together to make something surprisingly satisfying and flavorful. Be sure to season well with salt and pepper.

  • Leek soup

    • Rutabaga on February 10, 2016

      This is a unique soup with a pleasant, gentle combination of flavors, but I would make a few changes to give it more verve. Brightening it with some lemon juice would add a little more interest. I also found it too brothy, so would cut the water from nine cups down to six. As is, I added an additional can of beans and extra rice and cauliflower, although I did not include the yuba skins or pasta, something I would do again even with less water. The hazelnuts and lemon oil are excellent as toppings, and some chopped herbs and maybe a little preserved lemon would make it even better. Also, the recipe (at least as I made it) easily would provide 8 to 10 servings, not 6.

  • Yellow wax beans

    • Rutabaga on November 09, 2015

      Beautiful presentation, and quick to make, this dish still packs in a lot of flavors and textures. I particularly appreciated pairing the creamy avocado with the beans, and the za'atar really heightens the flavor. (This is the same dish that also appears on Swanson's blog, 101 Cookbooks.)

  • Spring carrots & beans

    • Rutabaga on June 12, 2017

      I made this dish using home cooked flageolet beans. The beans were quite "al dente" , and in retrospect, I think it would have been better if the beans had been cooked to a softer texture. The carrots are great here, sweet and toasty, but more of them would better balance the dish.

  • Fregola Sarda

    • Rutabaga on May 03, 2017

      I liked the flavors of this salad. It's a subtly unusual combination - a little briny, a little bitter, but still mellow. My husband and five-year-old didn't enjoy it as much. In my husband's case, he just didn't care for the texture of the fregola. For my five-year-old, I think the flavors just weren't appealing. I omitted the egg, purely because my husband dislikes them, but think I will add my own egg to the leftovers.

  • Edamame mint spread

    • ccav on June 03, 2016

      good flavor, almonds add a lot of flavor and crunch. Used juice of half a lemon.

  • Pozole verde

    • Rutabaga on November 30, 2015

      I doubled the recipe to make a big pot to share, and used one enormous can of hominy instead of soaking and cooking dried hominy. Unfortunately, the mixture bubbled and spat like crazy when I added the pepper puree to the hot oil. Maybe it would be better not to double the oil when doubling the recipe. For toppings, we used pepitas and queso fresco, although I look forward to trying the leftovers with avocado, too. Crema or sour cream would also be a nice option. Mine deviated from Swanson's in that I used turkey stock in place of water, although I think there is enough flavor in the pepper puree that water would be OK here. The texture is thicker than other pozole soups I've tried, which are usually quite brothy, but the flavor is vibrant and fresh for a fall or winter soup.

    • tasteslike on April 08, 2017

      Quite tasty, with good flavors in the chile verde sauce but, made with whole dried hominy, it takes a very long time (soaking hominy over night and 2+ hrs cooking time). Next time would use canned hominy or would plan on soaking one day, cooking hominy the next, and making Pozole Verde on the third. I made recipe as written. Served with avocado, crushed tortilla chips, feta, lime wedges, and crema. Next time would get cotija instead of feta and maybe another crunchy topping. Was surprised to learn that not everyone likes hominy.

  • Squash & wild rice soup

    • sarahcooks on January 04, 2016

      I didn't make the butter, but put some rosemary and orange zest in the soup. I used kabocha. It was really delicious. I thought it was too sweet until I put in the wild rice and yogurt and that balanced it perfectly.

  • Cauliflower pasta

    • Rutabaga on November 09, 2015

      While I enjoy Castelvetrano olives, which Swanson suggests for this dish, I found their subtle, buttery flavor was lost here. Perhaps this was partly due to the fact that I chopped them quite finely. Next time, I would just slice them in half, or use other, stronger flavored brined olives. Letting the cauliflower get really toasted, almost charred, would also boost the flavor. I used orecchiette and a mix of yogurt and cream in place of the crème fraiche. Not bad, but a more delicate, thinner, pasta might be better here. This was a good starting point, but I'm eager to make it again and try boosting the flavor since it fell a little flat for us.

    • IvyManning on September 03, 2016

      This was really bland and we found the combination of briny and creamy to just be too weird for us.

  • Cara Cara chop salad

    • Rutabaga on December 29, 2015

      This is a beautiful salad for winter, one that hits all the flavor notes - sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and offers a good mix of textures. I think I overcooked my radicchio slightly, so be careful with that, especially when using delicate farmer's market radicchio. One flavor that did get a little lost in the mix was the toasted garlic, which was pretty subtle. If you are not a fan of strong bitter flavors, then I recommend decreasing the amount of radicchio or increasing the amount of orange.

  • Whole wheat waffles

    • Rutabaga on November 09, 2015

      This is a tasty waffle recipe, and I really appreciated the suggestion to put the finished waffles in a 200 degree oven to crisp them up prior to serving, as that helped a lot. If you want to add some whole grains to your waffles without making them heavy, this is a good recipe to try.

  • Strawberry salad

    • Rutabaga on June 10, 2017

      The hint of caraway gives this salad a little something undefinable. Personally, I loved it, but it didn't go over well with my six-year-old, but go figure - the one-year-old wolfed it down, leaving only the nuts behind.

  • Ruby ginger juice

    • Rutabaga on March 13, 2016

      The ginger flavor was quite potent in this juice. I used a microplane grater to grate it, which essentially pulps the ginger, so perhaps this affected its strength. While I enjoyed it, the ginger flavor was too strong for my husband, who suggested I use only half the amount in future. It's a beautiful, bracing drink to serve when citrus are at their peak, but I recommend adding the ginger syrup little by little, tasting as you go.

  • Spring rolls

    • TrishaCP on December 05, 2015

      These are absolutely delicious and come together quickly if you have already pulled together the components. Filling but also feels healthy at the same time.

  • Brown sugar tofu & mushrooms

    • TippyCanoe on November 20, 2015

      This is a deceptively simple and delicious dish that came together in minutes (not counting the cooking time). The brown sugar, salt, garlic, oil combo make a heady mix and could be used with other veg as well as mushrooms. Served as a main over brown rice. I added kale as author suggested in the side note.

    • TrishaCP on December 05, 2015

      Love the combo of flavors with brown sugar, garlic, and salt.

    • mzgourmand on September 11, 2016

      Loved this, bright and clear flavors.

  • Ginger onion paste

    • TrishaCP on December 05, 2015

      Beyond delicious paste that could be used on veggies, chicken, or in the spring rolls recipe from this book. Mine was quite salty and potent (cooked for a bit more than the recipe calls for)-so use judiciously.

  • Strong ginger snaps

    • liucake on March 09, 2017

      The strong gingersnap cookies are delicious but there seems to be a problem with the quantity of honey. The recipe calls for 1 cup of runny honey but this creates flat and thin cookies that spread a lot. If you want cookies that look like the photo in the book, reduce the amount of honey to ½ cup.

  • Chicory soup

    • Rutabaga on November 18, 2015

      Starting with a very basic soup base, this dish becomes something special when you personalize it with the different toppings. I especially enjoyed the lemon-chile relish; the sour/salty/sweetness of the preserved lemons really enriches the flavor. For chicory, I used radicchio, which, along with the herbs, adds yet another dimension to the soup. Next time I will be more careful to heat the oil for the lemon-chile relish on low heat, as my chile immediately darkened upon hitting the oil, turning the flavor slightly bitter. For me, this was hardly noticeable in the final dish, but my husband, who is more sensitive to bitter flavors, found this gave the relish a slightly off taste to him.

  • Roasted tomato salad

    • RosieB on March 10, 2016

      Yum! I made this with locally grown tomatoes which were beautifully sweet so I didnt add sugar. I didnt have any labnah so substituted persian fest.

    • Rutabaga on September 25, 2016

      What great variation on the basic lettuce and tomato salad! The harissa dressing is perfect with the roasted tomatoes. I forgot to make labneh, so left some Greek yogurt out to strain on the counter for about four hours prior to serving. The cool creamy yogurt was a great contrast to the sweet spicy tomatoes. For lettuce, I used a "wild & spicy" mix from the farmer's market that included leaf lettuce, arugula, mustard, mizuna, tatsoi, and baby kale.

  • Broiled miso tofu

    • IvyManning on February 27, 2016

      This was very salty and dry. I used extra firm tofu as instructed, but after broiling it was hard to get our chopsticks through it. Won't be making this again.

  • Sake-glazed mushrooms

    • IvyManning on February 27, 2016

      8 ounces of shiitake served 4 people about 2 bites each. Could have used a splash of soy, and definitely don't use sundried tomatoes that are packed in olive oil...clashed with flavor of sake.

  • Radicchio salad

    • Frogcake on December 26, 2016

      This is a great salad! We loved the arugula radicchio combined with the sweetness of the figs. As well, the lemon vinegrette is slightly different with the addition of coriander seeds and honey. Heidi lists heavy cream as an optional ingredient added after the dressing is emulsified- I highly recommend adding the cream, which tempers the acidity of the dressing. All in all a very yummy salad!

  • Fiasco-style fagioli

    • Rutabaga on March 02, 2016

      I love creamy Italian style white beans, and these did not disappoint. I soaked cannellini beans for about four hours prior to starting the dish, and if your beans are fresh enough, you probably don't need to soak them at all. The amount of water called for yields a loose bean stew. My beans were well cooked after two hours, but I removed the lid and cooked them down further for another 15 minutes or so on the stove, which caused some of the beans to break down, thickening the broth beautifully. Of course, you can choose to cook the beans to any consistency you like. I did end up turning the oven all the way up to 300 F to get the beans to simmer; perhaps because the pot was sitting atop my baking steel, which I generally always keep in the oven due to its extreme weight, the liquid didn't bubble at lower temperatures.

  • Vaghareli makai

    • Rutabaga on March 17, 2016

      Even made with frozen corn, this dish really stands out. My husband loved it. Pairing peanuts with corn may seem unusual, but they add a wonderful crunch, and the spice paste and mustard seeds make for a likely side dish. I used one fresh red cherry pepper in my spice paste, which gave the dish a moderate amount of heat, not at all overpowering.

  • Rasam

    • cedarmakesthings on March 05, 2016

      Really good flavor, though be cautious with the chilies. We added a dollop of yogurt on the top of each bowl and it brought a nice balance to the dish. Served alongside some fresh naan bread.

    • Rutabaga on March 17, 2016

      I really like this soup, although my husband felt something was missing (he couldn't decide what that was, however). It is nicely spicy, and does indeed go well with a spoonful of whole milk yogurt. It's also very easy to make, and works well when cooked in advance.

  • Paratha

    • Rutabaga on March 17, 2016

      Flaky, rich , and buttery, these flatbreads are truly delicious. They taste best fresh out of the pan. With a stand mixer, the dough comes together seamlessly, and they are easy to roll out and cook. I shaped them in the early afternoon, dusted them very well with flour, and left them covered on a plate for several hours until it was time to cook them. As long as they are very well dusted, I didn't find they had problems sticking together, and this made it easy to get them ready quickly at dinnertime.

    • IvyManning on October 29, 2016

      We found these to be tough and greasy at the same time. Going back to my Julie Sahni recipe.

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Reviews about this book

  • Stonesoup

    Heidi Swanson from 101 Cookbooks loves food and travel. She’s combined both passions in this stunning book. I especially enjoyed reading about her travels in Japan, Morocco and India...

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  • San Francisco Chronicle

    Best Cookbooks of 2015: ...both a travelogue and an invitation...it’s these types of images and unusual-yet-appealing recipes that have made Swanson popular — and this collection is no exception.

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  • Food52

    Entertaining menu including comments re recipes from this book.

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  • Food52

    Entertaining menu including comments re recipes from this book.

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  • Food52

    Review and 1 recipe from the book.

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  • 101 Cookbooks

    Author talks about the book.

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  • ISBN 10 1607745496
  • ISBN 13 9781607745495
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  • Published Sep 15 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

Known for combining natural foods recipes with evocative, artful photography, New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson circled the globe to create this mouthwatering assortment of 120 vegetarian dishes. In this deeply personal collection drawn from her well-worn recipe journals, Heidi describes the fragrance of flatbreads hot off a Marrakech griddle, soba noodles and feather-light tempura in Tokyo, and the taste of wild-picked greens from the Puglian coast. Recipes such as Fennel Stew, Carrot & Sake Salad, Watermelon Radish Soup, Brown Butter Tortelli, and Saffron Tagine use healthy, whole foods ingredients and approachable techniques, and photographs taken in Morocco, Japan, Italy, France, and India, as well as back home in Heidi’s kitchen, reveal the places both near and far that inspire her warm, nourishing cooking.

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