Congratulations to Charlsie @ Finish the Race for winning the Sue Gregg Cookbook.
We have used and enjoyed Sue Gregg’s cookbooks for years. Healthy, whole foods cooking with real life taste and preparation sums up this set of cookbooks. If you want to move your family toward healthier eating, but don’t know where to begin or aren’t sure that they will like healthier foods, Sue Gregg is a good place to start. Nearly all of our breakfast and lunch meals and recipes come from her books. (Since we prepare dinner meals with a group, we aren’t able to incorporate as many of these recipes.)
Here is the selection of cookbooks that Sue Gregg offers:
- ‘Whole Foods Cooking’
- ‘Whole Grains Baking’
- ‘Main Dishes’
- ‘Meals in Minutes’
- ‘Soups and Muffins’
- ‘Lunches and Snacks’
While we have and use all of these books and I highly recommend them if you wish to make a move toward more natural eating, this post is not primarily about Sue Gregg’s cookbooks. After talking with Mrs. Gregg she offered to let us review her high school level cooking curriculum.
Amber is 13 years old, but her passion is cooking and she regularly plans and prepares meals for our crowd. She was delighted with the opportunity to study cooking for ‘school’.
Sue Gregg’s high school level program utilizes her ‘Whole Grain Baking’ cookbook which teaches baking with blender batter* and the two-stage process as explained in Nourishing Traditions. The course is 18 weeks long and at that point the student may work through ‘Whole Foods Cooking’ for the remaining 18 weeks in the school year.
Each of the 18 lessons is divided into daily assignments including Bible study and memorization, watching the demonstration CD, reading information about the nutrition and attributes of the ingredients and the reasons behind how we prepare each recipe. The program also contains focus questions and writing assignments and directs the students as they keep a cooking journal. The students then prepare the recipe or recipes discussed and evaluate how the family enjoyed the recipe. Then based on the reactions the student considers and makes notes about improvements that could be made to make it more suitable for the tastes of their family.
Amber has loved working with this program and has learned a lot about the whys and hows of baking and cooking. She has learned many things that I could not have taught her because I didn’t know. She now knows how she can alter recipes to achieve different results, something that I’ve always wished I was capable of doing. She has also learned a lot about many of the nutritional reasons for choosing one ingredient over another.
Amber has been able to work her way through the curriculum on her own with little help from me which is wonderful for a high school level course and necessary for our schedule. Our whole family has enjoyed the delicious biscuits, muffins, tortillas and other breads that have been part of Amber’s school assignments.
This is a high school level course and takes a good amount of time each day. Because of this and the other responsibilities that Amber has, we’ve chosen to have Amber work through the program more slowly than scheduled. She does Sue Gregg cooking 2-3 days each week and this has been a good pace for our family.
I highly recommend considering this for a high school home economics credit. Normally I would not have considered purchasing a cooking curriculum because our family cooks every day. However, taking the time out to study this more in depth has added skill and knowledge that probably wouldn’t have been gained otherwise. The ‘Baking with Whole Grains Curriculum Guide’ and ‘Whole Grain Baking’ are available here for $60.
If you are interested in moving toward more healthy eating, I would encourage you to explore Sue Gregg’s website. Many of her recipes are available for free so that you are able to try them at home to see if your family enjoys that type of cooking.
To give you an additional jump start on healthy eating Sue Gregg will be giving one Raising Olives reader the choice of one of their introductory cookbooks. The winner of this giveaway may choose either ‘Introducing Whole Foods Cooking’ or ‘Whole Grain Baking’ (please visit their website for more information on these books)
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*Blender batter allows you to cook with whole grains without needing to purchase a grain mill. This can be a marvelous way to begin whole grain cooking while lessening your initial investment. Most of the bread recipes do require regular whole grain flours.
Our family received this curriculum free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.