Whole Foods Companion
A Guide For Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods
by Dianne Onstad
Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004.
This popular resource, first published in 1996, has been revised and expanded in a new edition that builds on its reputation as a definitive holistic foods reference.
All of the entries in this reference are plant-based foods, however. No meats, eggs or dairy products are inclouded.
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Pecan nutmeats have a sweet, pulpy texture. They are great in fruit salads and, if roasted slightly, are a delicious topping for cooked grains or steamed green vegetables. The nuts are particularly enjoyed in the infamous pecan pie, butter pecan ice cream, and the praline -- a brown sugar candy of French origin. In most recipes pecans can be substituted directly for walnuts. Try mixing chopped pecans into your favorite nut loaf or bean burgers, or hide a few in sandwiches for a crunchy surprise. Pecans are best purchased in the shell, for their high oil content predisposes them to turn rancid quickly after shelling.