Elevated Edibles and The Art of Cooking with Cannabis Cookbook by Tracey Medeiros
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Editor’s Note: We can’t recommend cooking with cannabis if it’s illegal to do so where you live. Many US states have quasi-legalized marijuana to some degree, but it remains illegal at the federal level. For this cookbook review, SPY enlisted writer and Canadian Naima Karp, who shared her first-hand experience with this cannabis cookbook.
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While jar brownies are still a classic, any cannabis lover should know that these cliched sweet treats are just the tip of the edible iceberg. While many of 420 cookbooks have appeared in recent years, it is rare to find one as complete as The art of cooking with cannabis by Tracey Medeiros. First published in May 2021, this book is a guide for people who love good food as much as they love good weed.
A love letter to gourmet small businesses and the soul they put into their recipes, The art of cooking with cannabis is a truly comprehensive guide suitable for both beginners and connoisseurs. Filled with a colorful variety of infused main dishes, desserts and even cocktails, it will take some time to complete all 125 creative recipes.
This cookbook is great for anyone who wants to create delicious food at home, and I spoke with the author to understand his process.
“One of the best things about being a food writer is that it gives me the opportunity to share the incredible work these people are doing to help promote community wellness through food and cannabis. “said Tracey Medeiros. “Having the opportunity to showcase all the great things happening in the cannabis and food communities in the United States gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”
In a space oversaturated with trendy infusions, food writer and recipe developer Medeiros stands out for his meticulous research and attention to detail. This is not a corny coffee table book, but a step-by-step instruction and ode to marijuana’s ability to bring people together. Rather than simply offering a recipe index, Tracey carefully organizes the chapters in a way that blends education and storytelling, enlightening readers while celebrating the world of small business and the humans behind it.
One of the main focuses of the book is how the farm-to-table movement merges with the booming cannabis industry.
“I saw the value cannabis added to our culinary repertoire and the changing face of American agriculture. Therefore, it was important to me to de-stigmatize cannabis use by showcasing nourishing recipes that support this ethos,” she told SPY in an interview.
Beyond sharing recipes and stories of hard-working small businesses across America, there are valuable nuggets of wisdom throughout the full book, dubbed “Sidebars.” Browse the pages to find everything from a detailed breakdown of the different types of cannabinoids to a guide to buying high-quality cannabis flower.
After cannabis was legalized in the author’s home state of Vermont, she learned about the plant and all of its holistic health benefits. She says one of her favorite things about Vermont is its “sustainable food system and desire to promote community well-being through food.”
Legalization piqued Medeiros’ interest, and what began with researching the plant through articles ended with a trip to the United States. From bustling cities to more rural areas, she helped us get to know the people who were “transforming the culinary and cannabis landscape by taking the plant to a new level of creativity”.
Divided by the four major geographic regions of the United States (Northeast, Midwest, South, and West), this cannabis cookbook will open your eyes to a unique culinary world you never knew existed. .
Along the way, she collected stories and recipes from award-winning chefs, food producers, organic farmers and more. They share their insights into the personal struggles and accomplishments that have contributed to their relationship with cannabis and food. The author was drawn to profiling farmers and growers “because of their universal devotion to their communities. They care about the health of our planet and its people and do everything they can to connect consumers to organically grown cannabis.”
The Art of Cooking with Cannabis: CBD and THC Infused Recipes from Across America caters to a range of food preferences with all kinds of plant-based recipes, like Jenny’s BAKED At Home Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder. Along with being included in the diet, the chapters are further organized into CBD, Hemp, and THC, so you can easily choose between indulging in a stoned night at home or soothing pain relief without the high.
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Cannabis terpenes also get a big moment of appreciation in this cookbook. For those who don’t know, terpenes are compounds found naturally in cannabis and other plants that are responsible for distinctive flavors, aromas, and even some therapeutic properties.
Medeiros includes its own terpene-focused recipes, like heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad with CBD and lavender-infused grapeseed oil. The ingredients bind together harmoniously, as the terpene linalool is naturally present in both lavender and CBD. It is known for its relaxing effects which many people believe can combat insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Another terpene-focused recipe from Tracey, her alpha-pinene Vermont Milk Punch (a stoner remix on a White Russian), offers an alternative to boozy cocktails, while foodies will enjoy the Flat Iron Steak and fruit salad at grilled kernels served with a CBD-infused Apple Cider Honey Vinaigrette. This is Medeiros’ fifth cookbook, and it’s clear she’s no newbie to the field.
While Medeiros admits it’s hard to choose between the exceptional choices, she has a few favorite recipes that should be on your radar, including:
Kale Chicken Meatballs with Chef Jordan Wagman’s CBD-Infused Cherry Tomato and Pesto Sauces
Smoked Mussels with Roasted Corn Mash and Peppers from Chef David Ferragamo
Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Brown Sugar Crumble and Wild Blueberries from Cloud Creamery
From a purely aesthetic standpoint, this makes a great coffee table book or gift with its vibrant cannabis photography throughout the pages and a memorable cover. Ultimately, it reads like a travel guide meets a cookbook. It offers a tour of mouth-watering farm-to-table dishes that you’d drive hours to sample, but would be just as thrilled to recreate at home in your own kitchen.
If you want to plan a gastronomic itinerary, go back to the end of the book. Before the index, you will find a complete directory of all the companies featured in the book, with addresses and websites.
Ultimately, the The art of cooking with cannabis pushes the boundaries of the cookbook genre by thinking outside the box. Just like food, cannabis can be a form of nourishment for our body and soul, and this book elegantly fuses the two. It reminds us that culinary dishes are not just delicious meals – they are an expression of love that gives the chef just as much pleasure in serving. In 2022, it’s the only inspiration you’ll need to put down the takeout and get cooking.
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