Sprout Garden Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Sprouts by Mark Braunstein Review
The Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts, by Mark Braunstein is by far the best book on sprouting available. If you had called me during the first few years after I purchased The Sprout House and asked me a question, chances are my answer went something like this: “Um, yes, that’s a good question. Hmmm, let me think about this for a minute.” And while I was thinking I was actually thumbing through this book trying to find the answer! It’s a great book to own.
Let’s See What Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts is all about…..
In the first part of the book, Mark discusses what is needed for sprouting – a container, air and water, darkness and warmth, and the seeds. Pretty easy so far.
Next, Sprout Garden takes you through the various methods of sprouting in good detail. These include using just water and different types of containers and also using soil for the larger seeds and the grasses. The sub title of the book, Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts is really stressed here. Sprouts are an indoor occupation.
My favorite part of this book is the section: About Each Sprout. He carefully takes each seed, or two or three similar seeds, and discusses them in terms of why they are popular and the best way to sprout them using the methods discussed in the previous section. I learned so much from this section of Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts.
Mark next devotes several pages to recipes. As some of you know, I am a purist and usually eat my sprouts just out of the tray or jar. No dressing or further processing for me. However, some of the recipes found here have proved to be tempting. Come back to the blog soon and we will go through a few of them together.
Great ending to Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts
The most useful part of the book, however, may just be the last section. Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts includes Sprout-at-a-Glance Chart. These valuable pages include the seed that you want to sprout, how much dry seed you should use, time to soak, correct germination temperature, how many rinses per day, how many days to maturity, if the sprout needs to green up, how tall the sprout will be upon maturity and what type of recipe to use it in. Great information right there at your finger tips. This chart is worth the purchase price alone.
My conclusion for Sprout Garden Indoor Grower’s Guide to Gourmet Sprouts
I think that this book is really wonderful for beginner sprouters, those who have left the fold and returned and for veteran sprouters as well. I picked up quite a few pointers as I was skimming the book preparing for this review. Mark has a great easy way of communicating his point without being overbearing. Be sure to visit him at http://markbraunstein.org/. It is a great site to tool around.
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Sprout Lady Rita
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