Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway
What a wonderful time it is for fantastic passion-filled cookbooks! So many incredible, drool-worthy books on the shelves right now, it is such a great time for us food lovers! I can tell you, this self-proclaimed cookbook junkie is in heaven, currently. You should see the many packages and envelopes that have been showing up here over the last month or two, each one filled with another stunning book that is exuding the incredible passion of the dedicated creator.

Today, I am excited to bring you another book that I have been highly anticipating. The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table recipes for the Traditional Food Lifestyle, from the ever so talented, Jenny McGruther, is a book that I have been waiting to have in my very own kitchen, since the minute I heard that it was in production. I have followed Jenny’s blog, The Nourished Kitchen for many years now and she has always been an inspiration to me, how I cook and how I eat. Jenny’s blog was one of the first I found when I initially changed my diet.

For me, there is nothing more inspiring than flipping through the pages of a cookbook that I know was created with much love and passion. Regardless of the content of a cookbook, there is something so special about the ones where you can feel the author’s devotion to their craft and the immense amount of love and care that they put into every single dish that they created to share with us, the readers. The Nourished Kitchen is a fine example of this. Jenny’s words illustrate the profound love and joy she has for cooking and with each paragraph I read, I get more excited to get into my kitchen to start creating something beautiful. Although Jenny and this cookbook are not exclusively gluten-free, she and I share so many very similar views on food and eating. As the Jenny puts it:

“a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense, real food, and values quality environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products that are the norm on grocery store shelves”

I couldn’t have said it better myself, really. For those of you that have followed Tasty Yummies over the 4 years I have been writing it, you know that I have chosen to not put any labels on my diet.  Besides eating gluten-free, I choose to focus my efforts on a real food diet rich in nourishing whole foods that feed both my body and my soul. I eat intuitively, always listening to my body and feeding it with fresh, unprocessed, seasonal and whenever possible, local foods that are not just delicious and good for me, but that also fills me with happiness and joy.

You also probably know that despite my mostly plant-based diet, I do consume some meat. I consider myself a conscientious omnivore who prefers to only eat meat and other animal products, when I am given the opportunity to purchase it locally, from a farmer whom I can trust. This is something that has become increasingly more difficult for me, since we’ve moved to California last year. The cost of raising livestock on pasture and sustainably seems to considerably more expensive here, than it obviously is in New York. So, I have to say, I am very envious of Jenny’s amazing resources, living in the central mountains of Colorado.

Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway

With each recipe and every section in this beautiful book, you can see the incredible advantages of Jenny’s location, which provides her access to amazing traditional foods throughout the year. The Nourished Kitchen contains more than 160 recipes, inspired by the seasons, land and waters around her. Whether you are gluten-free or dairy-free, or you have other restrictions on your diet, there are still plenty of recipes in this cookbook for you and the best part is, because of the simple and traditional preparations and the approachable ingredients (many of which you can grow in your very own garden) – many of the recipes are easily adaptable to fit your own way of eating.

With over 160 whole foods recipes with emphasis on grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, heirloom vegetables, healthy fats, fermented foods, properly prepared grains and beans, raw dairy and naturally fermented foods – this cookbook really has it all. Plus, besides all that goodness, The Nourished Kitchen is also a cookbook of place and philosophy, providing information on how to source foods, and how to build connections in your community to foster a vibrant foodshed.  It’s about connecting with farmers, or growing your own, and bringing that connection back to the plat through wholesome recipes, beautiful photographs and a culinary traditions from the past. You can read even more about this beautiful book, here.

Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes from the book, a dish that immediately jumped out at me from the pages as I was thumbing through when it first showed up. I made this incredible soup a few nights ago and I was blown away at the incredible layers of flavor and how simple it was to prepare. Below, along with the original recipe for this Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño, you will find Jenny’s words from the book introducing the recipes and my thoughts, as well. I found, since this book and more specifically this recipe, celebrates cooking with what you have access to – that I could make a few simple changes with what I had in my pantry and from my garden and it was still an absolutely perfect recipe.

Additionally, below the recipes – I am giving away a copy of The Nourished Kitchen, to one lucky winner, so be sure to enter at the bottom of this post, for your chance to win!

Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway

Potato and Spinach Soup with Jalapeño from the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook + Giveaway

Recipes reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen written and photographed by Jennifer McGruther (Ten Speed Press, © 2014).

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas



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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel April 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

Looks like such a beautiful book, and I love Jenny’s writing style!


2 K April 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

I would love to learn some new recipes!


3 Wayfaring Wanderer April 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

I’ve been on a soup kick lately, and this looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it because we love jalapenos around here!

Fingers crossed I WIN the cookbook, it sounds amazing! Thank you! 🙂


4 Wayfaring Wanderer April 23, 2014 at 7:48 am



5 Amanda (Amethystjean) April 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

I want this book because I have moved to more natural eating and all things nourishing as my body seems to dislike all things processed and I would love to heal my poor tummy.


6 Molly April 12, 2014 at 11:48 am

What a gorgeous-looking book! Can’t wait to pour over it, and try this delicious-looking recipe…. Thanks for sharing it!


7 Karibeth Myers Soto April 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I looks so yummy and comforting. Photography is beautiful and rustic. <3 it 🙂


8 Jules April 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Needing to be Nourished! I would LOVE to win this cookbook!


9 Linda April 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I love cookbooks where there is a connection to the land, and a goal of healthy eating with delicious food. The Nourished Kitchen looks good!


10 Betty Jo April 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

That soup looks and sounds incredible! Thank you for the opportunity to win this incredible book.


11 Nadia April 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hope to win! This looks awesome 🙂


12 Elisa April 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

I love, love, love potatos. I eat them almost every day. Most of the time with nothing else or a little sunflowerseed butter. But I never tried spinach and potato soup…As it’s rainy today I’ll definately try that!


13 michelle April 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

Planning on trying this recipe this week.
Is there something i could use in place of the bacon?

Please enter me in the contest to win the book.
Thank you! 🙂


14 Helen @ Scrummy Lane April 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

This soup sounds amazing, Beth, especially with that sprinkle of bacon. I absolutely love cookbooks, too, so I’ll put this one on my wishlist. It sounds wonderful!


15 Kelly Graham April 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

This book looks incredible! I am constantly trying new recipes and I also love beautiful food photography. This book looks like a huge inspiration to continue living and eating well.


16 Kiersten April 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

I’ve been getting more and more into the nutrient density of foods and these traditional foods are always the best on that front so I would love this book to find new things to eat and new ways of cooking things.


17 Sarah April 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

Looks like a beautiful cookbook and I would love to try some of her recipes!


18 Lisa P April 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I already ordered my copy, but would love another to give as a gift!


19 Megan April 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I love cookbooks, especially how much they motivate me to step out of my food comfort zones


20 Barbra April 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I would love a copy so that I can expand my real food repertoire. 🙂


21 T.Scholtz April 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

This soup sounds super! 😀 I will have to try it with veggie stock, as I am sadly allergic to chicken (how RUDE of the chicken!). I think beef broth might be too…beefy! I shall tweak 🙂


22 Debbie April 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I’m just getting started on a journey of changing over our food choices! Would LOVE to have a copy of this beautiful cookbook!


23 elizabethl April 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm

i would love a copy of this cook book, I print out a heap of her recipies for my husband and myself anfd have had to put them in a separate folder. the recipes are all interesting, tasty and easy!


24 kristin parker April 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

I have heard so many great things about this book and the recipes sound so good!


25 Meghan April 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I’ve been hearing about this book and it looks/sounds great. Something that I would love to have in my collection.


26 Janella April 17, 2014 at 6:34 am

Would love some new recipes


27 Elizabeth April 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

This book looks great! Would love to win!


28 Petra April 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Would love to win this cookbook!


29 Celeste April 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I love trying out lots of delicious, nutritious, wholefood recipes and this would make me very happy 🙂


30 Tari Bramlett April 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

I would LOVE to have a copy of Jenny’s Cookbook because 15 months ago, at age 57 I changed everything about the way I look at, think about & approach Food. I am eating clean as much as i can and cooking, not picking us up take-out and I have lost 55 pounds…BUT, I have stalled out and hit a rut….I need to change things up and with Summer right around the corner this book would be an awesome guide and a new perspective!! Thanks for the shot!! Have a Wonderful Weekend!!


31 pei April 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

Would love to have a copy of The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook


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