Review: “Stuffed!” by Marlena Kur

Maybe you’re one of those people who loves the idea of stuffing fillings into vegetables, but you’re running out of ideas. Maybe you enjoy surprising your guests (or yourself) with amazing-looking, easy-to-make dishes. Maybe you collect gorgeous cookbooks. If you recognize yourself in any of these statements, “Stuffed!” is for you.

Marlena Kur, the author of this book and the website Zest My Lemon, has a passion for beautiful food that is also good for you. Presenting fruits and veggies as ‘boats’ loaded with yummy stuffings is how she expresses it here. Most people are familiar with stuffed tomatoes of some sort, stuffed peppers, and probably zucchini, but have you tried stuffed mushrooms, eggplant, sweet potato, or even fruit? There are hot and cold stuffings, some including meats, some seafood, some simply veggies, with or without grains and/or cheese, and no repeats. All ingredients should be easily available at the supermarket, although some may be seasonal, depending on where you live. Although not every single recipe comes with one, the included photos are appetizing and attractively arranged. This is definitely not a diet book and thus does not include nutritional information for the recipes. If this is an important consideration for you, now you know.

Because it is not suitable to my own dietary lifestyle, I wouldn’t get this book for myself, but I can see myself getting a copy for my stepmother who is an enthusiastic cook and for whom presentation is nearly as important as the dish itself.

“Stuffed!” is published by Race Point Publishing, a subsidiary of the Quarto Publishing Group. I have reviewed a few titles from them on this blog and can honestly say that a lot of care goes into their books. I received a preview copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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