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Not just another grain

“I am often asked where the inspiration comes from for the recipes in my books. I am usually automatically on ‘new recipe’ mode and I am forever jotting down ideas…I can honestly say that I have tasted and eaten every recipe from front cover to back in each book and many times over”. – Rena Patten

With over 30 years’ experience as a cooking demonstrator and recipe developer, Rena Patten, adds to her impressive list of publications with Quinoa: Flakes, Flour & Seeds, it is sure to find its way into the kitchens of health-conscious cooks everywhere.


Rena Patten

Quinoa is called a superfood and rightly so, it is very high in protein, full of vitamins and low in carbohydrates. Quinoa is an Andean plant which originated in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. This superfood was cultivated and used by pre-Columbian civilizations and was replaced by cereals on the arrival of the Spanish and there are archeological discoveries of it in tombs of Tarapacá, Calama and Arica in Chile, and in different regions of Peru. So, quinoa has been around for a very long time and was even described by Garcilaso de la Vega (a Spanish soldier and poet living in the 1500s) as the second grain cultivated on the face of the earth.


Quinoa: Flakes, Flour & Seeds showcases the many ways this superfood can be eaten and enjoyed by everyone including those who are gluten or wheat intolerant. It goes well with any dish adding texture and taste to salads and soups, vegetarian and non–vegetarian meals and making sweets not only more delicious, but more nutritious at the same time.

Rena presents an exciting collection of quinoa recipes—for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, desserts and treats—in this beautiful book, along with full instructions on how to prepare the different forms of quinoa – seeds, flakes, puffed, flour, seeds and sprouts.


Moroccan Stuffed Chicken


Coconut Shrimp

Beautifully photographed, well laid out with easy to follow recipes with easily accessed ingredients, Quinoa: Flakes, Flour & Seeds will have you delighting over recipes such as Quinoa Falafel with Tahini Sauce, Shrimp with Avocado and Herb Salad, Lemon Garlic Crispy Fish Fillets and (believe it or not) Ice-Cream Balls.


Ice-Cream Balls

Quinoa: Flakes, Flour & Seeds is a beautiful book that will have health conscious cooks everywhere excited to try beautiful and inspiring recipes.

Quinoa, Flakes, Flour & Seeds is published by New Holland Publishers in hardback format – RRP $35.00 – available from all good bookstores or online –