Wow, right off the bat I am going to admit just how clueless I was about Chai. I thought this was simply a tea at Starbucks. Yeah like I said, clueless. What intrigued me about this book was all the talk about Chai being some kind off super seed. Online talk was that Chai is high in this and high in that. Hmmm could a tiny little seed replace a supplement or two? I wondered.
Janie Hoffman’s book The Chai Cookbook is not just a cookbook. Her story at the outset really peaked my interest. She shares her challenging journey to better health and how Chai seeds entered her line of sight. She explains all the different things she tried and that Chai seeds were not really on her radar until a friend mentioned them. Then low and behold they became the focus of her better health pursuit.
Janie gives great background information of these little seeds. All the way back to the days of old these seeds were known to give energy and stamina to warriors. She continues on with what these Chai seeds are packed full of….Omega 3’s. Yet my favorite little tidbit is that the “Chai seed is chameleon-like: the seeds take on the flavor of whatever you pair them with.” Now that’s cool and like she states in the book, you can put them in or on everything!
In the Chai Cookbook you also get the low down on buying Chai, storing it, nutritional profile of them, how much to use, using them as a flour or egg substitute, and how to make a gel that can be used in drinks and meal recipes.
I can honestly say that after reading this book I am very eager to try out the recipes. They all look easy and delicious. Unfortunately, where I am right now, I have to wait for my Chai seeds to arrive in the mail. Once that happens I fully expect to do a follow-up review with the results. I plan to start a Chai revolution in my kitchen and help my family ring in the New Year with Chai health.
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