Vibrant Food by Kimberly Hasselbrink

Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each SeasonVibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season by Kimberley Hasselbrink

The vivid colors of fresh produce inspire this artistic collection of whole foods recipes from the creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food.

Kimberly Hasselbrink, photographer and creator of the acclaimed blog The Year in Food, invites you to look at ingredients differently and let their colors inspire you: the shocking fluorescent pink of a chard stem, the deep reds and purples of baby kale leaves, the bright shades of green that emerge in the spring, and even the calm yellows and whites of so many winter vegetables. Thinking about produce in terms of color can reinvigorate your relationship with food, and in this collection of recipes, Hasselbrink employs aesthetics, flavor, and texture to build gorgeous yet unfussy dishes for every season.

Recipes take you on a journey through spring’s Pasta with Nettle Pesto and Blistered Snap Peas, summer’s Berry–Coconut Milk Ice Pops, fall’s Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Figs, and winter’s Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. Featuring photo pairings that celebrate not only the finished dishes but also the striking ingredients that create them—plus a photograph of each and every recipe—this book reveals an artistic picture of whole foods eating.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is no secret to anyone who has a familiarity with the work of Kimberly Hasselbrink that she is the master of food photography. She can pick up through a camera lens what most of us couldn’t see with the naked eye, which is why I was so excited to see this book.

The first thing you notice when you open the cover of this well organised and beautifully arranged book is the vibrant photos staring back at you. The colours of the four seasons are well represented in the many photos of vegetables, scenery and completed dishes.

I love that this book has quite a few vegan recipes in it and that it doesn’t follow the everyday variety of ingredients. If you are looking for something to do with your end of season veggies, this book will definitely give you some excellent ideas.

I was impressed by the variety and creativity in these recipes, but even more so by the presentation. These would be perfect recipes to serve for special events or out of town dinner guests if you wish to leave a lasting impression of culinary elegance.

Overall, I was really impressed with this book and would definitely recommend it for those who want to see some different and enticing dishes on the table.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the blogging for books program. All opinions are my own.


3 thoughts on “Vibrant Food by Kimberly Hasselbrink

  1. I like recipe books that follow the seasons and give you ideas for using produce appropriate to the time of year. Looking at food from the viewpoint of colours is a really interesting concept. I have always loved looking through recipe books with quality pictures. It always excites the taste buds and gets me wanting to try out the recipes.


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