Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Grains as Mains

I was very excited about reviewing Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson, a cookbook recently published by DK books that focuses on using ancient grains such as spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and farro in modern recipes. The term ancient grains refers to grains and seeds that are virtually the same as those used by the earliest civilisations. Interesting, these ancient grains are tasty and nutritious, plus some are gluten free too.

Grains as Mains contains at a glance information about these grains and seeds, followed by preparation and cooking techniques. There is an amazing selection of delicious looking recipes each incorporating an ancient grain as a substantial component of the dish.

Grains as Mains

For the purposes of this review I decided to test the Italian Tomato Barley Risotto recipe. I really like a risotto and quite often choose one if eating out. However, a traditional risotto recipe does require a certain amount of time and patience to prepare, the recipe I selected appealed because of its simplicity and lack of hovering over the hob.

Grains as Mains

I was extremely impressed with the taste and texture of the barley risotto. I can definitely see me making this recipe again and using it as inspiration for my own recipes in the future. What I particularly liked about this book is that it has really got me thinking about ingredients that I would not normally use. With this in mind, I’m planning on experimenting in the future as well as trying out lots more recipes from this fabulous book.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson (RRP Β£16.99) you will need to complete the Rafflecopter entry form and provide an answer to the giveaway question as a blog comment. (Leaving a blog comment is mandatory, so please follow this requirement to ensure your entry is valid). Once, you have done that there are further chances to win.

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Grains as Mains

The giveaway will close at 00:00 on 4 May 2015 and is open to UK entrants only.

I wish you all the very best of luck.


Terms and Conditions:
This giveaway will close at 00:00 on 4 May 2015. Leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by Dorling Kindersley Ltd (DK) and I am hosting it on behalf of them. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prize out or providing it. DK or their representative will send out the prize within 14 days of the winner providing me with their name and address. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. The prize is as stated, a copy of Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only.

Dorling Kindersley Ltd (DK) are kindly offering the prize to one lucky reader. I received a copy of Grains as Mains to review. I have not been sponsored or paid to host this giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own.

48 thoughts on “Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson Cookbook Review and Giveaway

  1. gemma brown says:

    i’d love to win a copy. I try and use lentils for pretein being vegetarian , but not very adventurous. this would be a great incentive to try new grains

  2. Caroline H says:

    I’m a vegetarian who knows that it’s all too quick and easy just to go for the pasta so I do try to mix it up with barley, cous cous and bulghar wheat but I’d love some new ideas.

  3. Karen S says:

    They are a large part of my diet being vegetarian but eating mostly vegan meals. Always looking for new recipes to use them.

  4. Maxine G says:

    I’m another vegetarian who needs to experiment more with different grains, so this would be a great inspiration for me

  5. Chris Andrews says:

    Why would you like to win a copy of Grains as Mains?…………..intriguing idea and would love to try it

  6. Tracy Hanson says:

    I would like to win, because it sounds different and you get fed up of eating the same food week in and week out. You are just eating for the sake of it, rather than enjoying something new. πŸ™‚

  7. Sarah Lee says:

    I would like to win as i have been wanting to add this sort of thing to my diet for a while but haven’t been sure of how to do it..

  8. Michelle Whyte says:

    I love grains…but never know what to do with them..this book will give me a chance to try out some fantastic recipes

  9. Angela McDonald says:

    I’d love to win as me and the boyfriend have recently started eating a lot more healthily at home , I already love trying out new recipes but this seems perfect for some unique ideas!

  10. Donna Loxton says:

    I would like to win this book as I like experimenting with different recipes and I want to use more grains in my diet. This book looks unique compared to others.

  11. Le Coin de Mel says:

    I like the idea of a barley risotto. When I lived in France, I always used to make barley salads in the summer, yum!

  12. Kerry Charlesworth says:

    I would love this book because I love experimenting with new dishes with my kids, we are massive fans of buckwheat and quinoa, this would really help us create wholesome varied meals!

  13. Hayley Hockham says:

    Great review. I try and stick to a vegan diet so this book would really help when I come to cooking meals that both me and my partner can eat!

  14. Caroline & Sebby says:

    We would love this book as we have recently gone vegan as a family and only eat organic. I need some ideas of how to incorporate more grains and pulses into our diet to ensure we get the complete amino acids for protein- not just as accompaniments as we used to do but as the main stars! My 2 year-old son is a keen helper in the kitchen already and it would be nice if we could learn some more adventurous grain dishes together. The internet is great for recipes but we don’t have internet at home. And anyway, books win hands-down every time! πŸ™‚

  15. Alice Matthews says:

    I use a lot of grains as my daughter is a vegan. I am always looking for new ideas. I love to cook, but it more fun to try new things rather than stick with familiar recipes.

  16. Caroline Turner says:

    This sounds really interesting! I’ve been experimenting with more grains recently and would love to win this.

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