Food & Drink

Consume: Our favorite food products this week

Specialty Coffee Week Sacramento wraps up Sunday, Oct. 18.
Specialty Coffee Week Sacramento wraps up Sunday, Oct. 18. Sacramento Bee file


“Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking”

$35; 416 pages; Random House;

Add some spice to your in-the-kitchen repertoire with this new tome from the “godmother” of Indian cooking, Madhur Jaffrey, winner of seven James Beard awards. Recipes such as winter kale in a Kashmiri style or roasted cauliflower with Punjabi seasonings will give your veggie dishes an extra bit of winter warmth.


“Good and Cheap: Eat Well On $4/Day”

$17, 208 pages; Workman Publishing;

Home cook and “food policy” expert Leanne Brown is taking a fun but frugal approach to mealtime in “Good and Cheap.” In the “Breakfast” chapter we find recipes for dishes such as whole-wheat jalapeño-cheddar scones. “Snacks and Sides” includes spicy roasted cauliflower. You’ll find deconstructed cabbage rolls, pulled pork and vegetable quiche among the main dishes.


Organic ginger juice

$4 for a 5-ounce bottle; Whole Foods and other markets;

What’s not to like about ginger? The root of the ginger plant has been used in Asian and Indian cuisines for thousands of years. The medicinal claims associated with it are legion, from helping digestion to increasing energy. In cooking, it’s usually chopped, minced, sliced or julienned. If you don’t want to do the knife work, consider a bottle of organic ginger juice from the Ginger People of Marina. The directions are simple: Substitute the liquid for the solid.


Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

$8.99 for 16 oz.; Whole Foods, Costco and others;

Forget the messy gourd entrails. Grab a bag of these clean and tasty sprouted seeds lightly dusted with Celtic sea salt for a quick, no-mess seasonal snack.


Specialty Coffee Week Sacramento closing party

3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18; Old Soul Co. in midtown (1716 L St., Sacramento);

Mingle with baristas, roasters and owners while celebrating all things joe-related at this final event of Sacramento’s weeklong coffee fest. A silent auction will feature items including gift cards to hot spots such as Ella Dining Room, The Porch and more.

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