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Get It Ripe by jae steele – swell

Get It Ripe by jae steele

Adzuki-Squash Soup with Chipotle and Red Peppers

Adzuki-Squash Soup with Chipotle and Red Peppers and green salad with Molasses Cornbread

You know when you get a cookbook and you read it from cover to cover and cradle it in your arms and wanna marry it?  Uh… me neither; isn’t that a weird idea?

Okay, so it’s really mostly true.  I heard about Get It Ripe in the Post Punk Kitchen forums awhile back and have been waiting patiently for my co-op or one of the local bookstores or our little vegan boutique to carry it.  But months went by and I couldn’t find it.  I satisfied curiousities by visiting jae’s blog and have made her recipe for maple flax cookies several times (including a fruit-filled thumbprint version for the flaming cabbage soiree), and they were so good and her vision about food so in line with my own, I finally ordered a copy from Herbivore.

Crispy Fried Tofu over dandelion greens

Crispy Fried Tofu over dandelion greens

jae is a holistic nutritionist and has spent a lot of time on farms and in communities/co-ops.  So what you get is not only a ton of tasty recipes, but a wealth of information on healthy foods, digestion, cleansing/detoxing, organic and local farming, food preparation and baking techniques.  This is the kind of cookbook I’ve been looking for for a long time!  These are just a few pictures of the gajillion things I’ve made from it in less than a week!

Adzuki-Squash Soup with Chipotle and Red Peppers

Adzuki-Squash Soup with Chipotle and Red Peppers

So smoky and warm and simple and yummy!

Molasses Cornbread and mixed greens

Molasses Cornbread and mixed greens

We had this on the side of the soup, which was sophisticatedly sweetened and the best cornbread I’ve ever had (or made).

Pesto White Bean Bowl

Pesto White Bean Bowl

This was quick to make, full of flavor, and full of greens! (My favorite part of the cookbook)

Appleyest Spice Cake drizzled with barley malt syrup

Appleyest Spice Cake drizzled with barley malt syrup

There’s some “naughty” stuff in there too (meaning dessert), but it’s full of non-wheat and non-white sugar recipes, which really makes me happy.  This cake was so light and fluffy and without a lot of fat or sugar (Sucanat, in this case).

Slice of Appleyest Spice Cake

Slice of Appleyest Spice Cake

Behold the tender crumb!

23 Responses to “Get It Ripe by jae steele”

  1. Your photographs and your food look so pretty! There is just something really appealing about that crispy fried tofu laying so daintily over the greens… That looks like good gobbles!

    I’m going through a mild pesto obsession so the white bean pesto dish looks awesome too!

    I am also going to buy some tempeh this weekend for your famous maple-mustard-chili tofu recipe. :) I am really excited to try it!

  2. Ricki says:

    I first met jae at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition when I was teaching a practicum there. I remember thinking, “wow, this gal is waaaay ahead of her time!” Love the book; love the photos!

  3. Vegan_Noodle says:

    I love Get It Ripe too! I’m gonna have to go back and make that cornbread. Beautiful photos.

  4. Shelby says:

    I saw that cookbook at my library but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet, I’ll be sure to nab it next time! The cornbread and cake looks delicious. And I’m loving all the greens. Gorgeous pictures.

  5. Jes says:

    I’ve been eyeing that book at the bookstore I work at for quite some time. Your review and pictures make me want to nab it this weekend!

  6. Vegetation says:

    Mmmmm that all looks so amazing! I think I’m going to have to cave and get my hands on that book!

  7. jae says:

    hey there, thanks for the shout out.

    your photos look fantastic – maybe you can come over and take food pics for me sometime! i especially like the look of the crispy fried tofu as i don’t think it’s EVER looked that fancy before!

    just one question – how many muffins did the molasses cornbread recipe turn out for you? i get 14.

    look forward to seeing what you cook up next.

  8. a-k says:

    Thanks, jae! As far as the pictures go, how far is the drive from Minneapolis? ;)

    I got 12 muffins out of the molasses cornbread recipe, and they were filled pretty full (but didn’t overflow when they baked).

  9. I want that book so bad! I haven’t seen it for sale around here yet either. I may have to break down and order it soon. I would love all the info on detoxing, and I would LOVE to have that apple cake recipe.

  10. a-k says:

    To everyone who hasn’t got a hold of this cookbook, do it! It’s really amazing.

    Hooray for greens!

  11. DJ says:

    I stumbled across Jae’s blog and loved the sound of her cookbook, plus her creds are impeccable! That white bean pesto bowl looks so good, and I can just imagine a nice warm piece of that cake with a cup of coffee…

  12. Diann says:

    What a great review! I have Get It Ripe and now I want to make all these recipes.

  13. kait schott says:

    Hey, is that the apple spice cake I tasted? If yes, I can attest that it was as delicious as it looks. I’m intrigued by that pesto white bean bowl too…

  14. a-k says:

    Sure was, Kait! I’ll have to make it again.

  15. Kala says:

    Mmm, that soup looks really good, I’m going to have to check that book out!

  16. t says:

    I’ve heard great things about that cookbook too! That tofu looks especially amazing…

  17. Jodye says:

    Wow, that all looks so delicious, especially the apple spice cake! I’m practically drooling..

  18. Melisser says:

    Ooh, I have been considering buying this book for awhile & you’re making it mighty tempting!

  19. Liz² says:

    I can’t believe I’ve had this book for so long and forgot to try the molasses cornbread! that is SO getting remedied, and soon.

  20. I was thinking about picking Get it Ripe up and I think your photos have just pushed me over the edge…

  21. seesou says:

    I love this cookbook! Best purchase eva. Thank you for the great photos and inspiration for what to try next. My favorites so far are the mango sticky rice, the leek and potatoe soup and the banana muffins, yum.

    • a-k says:

      I haven’t tried those yet myself (but I do love mangoes and sticky rice!). It’s definitely one of my favorite cookbooks, too.

  22. jae steele says:

    do you know about this post?


    is it somehow affiliated with you?

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