Is Keeping It Simple a must-have Thermomix cookbook?

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Keeping it Simple: Recipes for a Thermomix
by Tenina Holder
Hub & Spoke Publishing, 2013,  175 pages
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Tenina’s new Keeping It Simple was launched in December 2013 and fans in Australia have already begun to browse, use, and enjoy this new Thermomix cookbook. After receiving my copy in the mail during Christmas holidays I became paralized by the sheer number of recipes worthy of sampling.

Packed with simple but punchy flavour blends (so aromatic you can almost smell these pages!) it was the perfect book to curl up with beside a cozy fireplace on a Canadian winter’s day, and that’s exactly what I did. But armed with a fresh pad of sticky notes, and drooling over the pages, ticking recipes and making shopping lists, I just couldn’t decide what to try first. So I read through it again. Every word, cover to cover — looking for the one recipe that would scream “me first!” Finally I was able to narrow it  down — to the 21 most irresistible recipes demanding to be tried “first”.

As I continue to work through my first chosen 21 recipes, it occured to me that I shouldn’t keep this good thing to myself — it’s time to share a bit of what people in the Thermomix world are calling “Tenina’s best book yet.”

Why the fuss?
New Thermomix owners may not realize that Tenina Holder was the official recipe developer for Thermomix Australia during the machine’s rise to popularity in that country. Her affinity for the super kitchen machine is evident not just on Tenina’s facebook page and blog, but between the lines of every recipe, ebook, and cookbook she produces. There is good reason Tenina reigns as Thermomixtress of the english-speaking Thermo world — her recipes are always spot-on.

Keeping it Simple Thermomix cookbook

Depending on  how you count it, Keeping It Simple might be considered Tenina’s second major book, or sixth publication as an independent developer of Thermomix recipes. You’ll find the photos for these 108 recipes are more irresistible than ever and while her mandate here was to keep things as uncomplicated as possible, rest assured there is nothing simple about the variety Tenina offers.

Predictably spicy!
Tenina is trusted and respected in the Thermomix world for many reasons, not the least of which is that her recipes are tried and tested and predictably reliable. She knows her ingredients, and she knows Thermomix. Her expertise is legend. Also, the woman can’t help herself — she’s entertaining. Tenina’s lively personality almost leaps of the page to inspire and instill confidence in Thermomix cooks of all levels.

If you’ve heard Tenina interviewed on The4Blades Podcast, you’ll know she keeps learning and improving as she goes, and this book is a culmination of everything that came before. Tenina’s not afraid to include some former favourites (such as Umami paste and Steamed Rice Noodles) but to her credit, this makes life easier when it’s time to make polenta, and the “Sticky Pork Noodle Salad” for example.

Where to start?
Individual chapter headings reflect Tenina’s love of words. In Shelf Control there are both familiar and fresh pantry basics to make at home. Flour Power includes flour-based staples that can be used repeatedly with recipes found later in the book. (psst — this chapter includes my two favourite pages of the book:  pages 33 & 40 — look them up to see why!)  The Keen on Quinoa section offers quinoa salads, patties, porridge, pizza dough, and my current fave: the not-too-sweet-but-still-seductive “Quinoa Chocolate Truffles”.  In Meating of the Minds we’re tempted by internationally inspired seasonings for dishes from Thai, French, Italian, South African, British, and Mexican cuisines. Did I mention Thai? Yes, there’s plenty of Thai influence here (I’m NOT complaining!) and though I haven’t tried them all yet, I’m already partial to heat and flavour of  Tenina’s “Spicy Skinless Sausages”. << Just another reason I’m declaring this a must-have Thermomix cookbook. (Order yours here)

I could easily fall in love with anyone who appreciates lemon. So it wasn’t hard to fall for Tenina’s chapter of Lemon-licious recipes. Yowzah — there are lemony desserts sure, but also a lemon chicken, lemony salmon crepes, and risotto. Heaven.

Still hungry? Okay, for ye lovers of sweets there are smoothies, an all-purpose decadent Thermomix ice cream recipe (with variations and over-the-top sauces of course!), and chocolaty treats that are both sweet and salty. More heaven.

Is Keeping it Simple a must-have Thermomix cookbook?
Do you want life with Thermomix to be tastier and easier than ever? Then yes, it’s a must-have. Do you want to be inspired with straightforward, reliable, flavourful, recipes that will take you out of the usual weekday rut? Then, yes. Want the secret Dutch recipe for New Zealand’s most highly prized donuts? Then you must have this Thermomix recipe book. Need new ideas for quinoa? Must have! Do you feed people who swoon when aromas of gingery chicken, limey coconut, and curried goodness waft through the air as Thermomix counts down the minutes till dinner? They too will agree, you must have this book. 

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See 13 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. nora January 27, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    Tenina sure has the way with words and so do you Helene, I am dying to get my hands on that book after reading your review. Will tempt my luck at your giveaway then…

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 27, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    Thanks Nora! I will keep my fingers crossed for you… (still a few days away from announcing the giveaway)

  3. Madame Thermomix January 27, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing Tenina’s new book with us, Helene! It’s time to make dinner and I’m wishing I had it already… I’ll have to see how much postage to France will cost, LOL!

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    LOL is right! Bon Appétit Madame ;-)

  5. Tenina January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    WOW Helene, where do I get this amazing book?? (Is this MY book you are writing about?) Sounds better and better…thanks for that great review! Going to go cook me something simple!!

  6. kylie January 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Sounds fantastic… tenina never disappoints with her beautiful cook books. Thanks for the great review of her book

  7. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Ha Tenina, I had two of your recipes today! Hummus with your mellow and so ‘usable’ garlic confit, and a few more of those ‘moreish’ quinoa balls. Yummers!

  8. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 27, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Thanks Kylie, glad to hear you are already a Tenina fan!

  9. Kylie January 28, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Big fan, I have her other books, I can’t wait to add this one to them

  10. Monica @ Gastromony February 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Nice write up Helene :) I love Tenina and her work. I got her latest book around Christmas and while I haven’t had the chance to use it so much yet, what I’ve made so far has been tasty. I think there may have been more memorable recipes in For Food’s Sake, but I love how Keeping It Simple has great components that you can turn to to jazz up existing recipes :D

  11. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    My experience with the Thermomix is limited to trade shows but now I am even more curious just to try out this great cookbook. Love the chapter titles. Nice to discover you too through twitter

  12. Nancy Wang February 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    I am from Singapore.
    I have my Thermomix for less than 3 weeks & I love IT , hv been using it daily , tried out many delicious dishes. Chinese cooking, Western cooking, baking…just loving IT.

  13. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Great to hear from you Nancy! One of the amazing things about Thermomix is that the more you use it, the more you will love it — it just gets used more and more rather than less frequently as with so many other kitchen appliances.