by Tayler Stein
The acclaimed Miraval Resort & Spa has officially announced the publication of its second cookbook, Miraval’s Sweet & Savory Cooking. The all-inclusive destination resort teamed up with Hay House USA to create this new cookbook featuring spa-friendly recipes from the Miraval kitchen itself. The cookbook is a follow-up to the first successful cookbook, Mindful Eating, which featured recipes from many different chefs, some which we’ve shared here on Spafinder Wellness 365! Miraval’s Sweet & Savory Cooking, however, brings its own new charm due to the fact that all recipes derive from Miraval’s amazingly talented culinary pair (and husband and wife!), Executive Chef Justine Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. In order to create the cookbook, the duo combined their culinary experiences and compiled recipes and secret cooking tips fit for those who want to cook healthy and eat healthy. The best part about the new cookbook is that all recipes are simple and easy to follow, allowing anyone the ability to create sensible, nourishing, and flavorful Miraval-inspired meals in their own kitchens.
The cookbook contains over 100 recipes featuring a variety of Justin’s tasty entrees, appetizers, soups, salads, and side dishes, as well as Kim’s numerous decadent desserts and pastries. Each recipe reflects the culinary duo’s passion for mindful eating, and as a result, the cookbook offers something for everyone, including dairy free, gluten free, and vegan recipes. What’s even more unique about the recipes in the cookbook is that they offer healthy alternatives to ingredients that are typically found in recipes that aren’t necessarily filed under “mindful meals.” For instance, instead of using butter, cream, or milk as thickening agents, Justin recommends using ingredients such as coconut milk to add richness to savory sauces, while Kim recommends using molasses in replacement of corn starch to certain desserts.
I spoke with the duo about their latest cookbook, available for purchase January 7, 2014, and discovered that the recipes in the cookbook will be very winter-friendly, perfect for a release date during a season when cooking hearty, healthy, and wholesome meals is a must. Plus, Kim is including some of Miraval’s most requested dessert menu items such as her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheddar Chive Gluten-Free Bread, and Gluten Free Molten Chocolate Cake.
Hearing about the new cookbook made my mouth water, so the culinary duo cooked up some quick bites to literally give me a taste of what the new cookbook has to offer, including Thai Coconut Mussels made by Chef Justin and Gingerbread Tuiles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bananas Foster Sauce made by Chef Kim. At this point, I can’t wait to add a little sweet and savory to my own dishes at home!
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