Who says vegetables can’t be fun? Authors Drew Ramsey M.D. and chef Jennifer Iserloh accomplish just that in the redesigned and re-imagined hardcover edition of their cookbook “Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes that are Bound to Please.” This gorgeous cookbook is as entertaining as it is informative, and it offers pictures so stunning you will want to keep it on your coffee table instead of in your kitchen! (photo credit)

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As a “Kale Virgin” myself, I found this to be more than a cookbook, but a guide into the kale underground (Get it? Kale grows in the ground). The book isn’t just filled with exciting and sometimes risqué recipes (Chocolate Kale Fudge Pops), it offers a nutritional overview, kale cooking tips, and a tutorial on the many varieties of kale.

Although this was the first time I tried cooking kale myself, I know that many healthy eaters aren’t strangers to DIY Kale Chips. What surprised me is how there is a whole world of recipes that can utilize nutrient-rich kale in exciting ways that go beyond the chip.
In fact, Chef Iserloh and Dr. Ramsey do a phenomenal job of showing the world that there is more to Kale then meets the eye with recipes that you can eat as a “Morning Quickie” (Cheddar Kale Omelet) or even late into the evening. Kalejitos anyone?
As someone who enjoys tongue-in-cheek humor, I really enjoyed reading 50 Shades of Kale. It might be the first cookbook I actually “read,” as in, I opened it on the first page and read it all the way through! Whether you are a kale newbie like me or a kale veteran, you will be impressed by the delicious mouth watering recipes.  It’s small size (I guess it doesn’t matter after all) makes it the perfect stocking stuffer or grab bag gift this holiday season. Spoiler alert: The reader will “submit to Kale’s charms” in the end!

Buy it here!