Front cover of the book along with an example section

Review: The Microgreens Cookbook


“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” --Simon Sinek

I think a common question with microgreens is “I can use this in salads, but what else?”. It was a question that I had when starting out and one I still have. These are so easy to grow, surely I can find other ways to get them into my food. When I came across The Microgreens Cookbook, I had to check it out.

I have read several books on the subject of microgreens and this one has a very different feel than all the others. Where the others get caught up in process, this one tries to build a more philosophical foundation on which to grow your microgreens. Brendan Davison doesn’t just want you to do it, but know why you're doing it.

I’ve grouped the book into three main parts with the recipes being the largest portion of the book:

  • Brendan Davison and Good Water Farms

  • Growing microgreens and seed information

  • Microgreens recipes   

The book begins by telling you how Brendan got started in microgreens.  How Good Water Farms builds upon that foundation. And how a cookbook is an extension of those beliefs. A belief that “our survival is predicated on a global shift toward a plant-based lifestyle, a change that extends past our diets but begins with what we eat.”

From there, the book goes into some of Brendan’s tips on growing microgreens that summarized the topic quite well. The chart on a variety of microgreens seeds and their flavors is something that I have referenced several times since buying the book.

The cookbook is filled with great photography

The recipe portion gives you 56 delicious ways of adding microgreens to your diet. I was surprised at the variety and it really helped me expand my cooking knowledge on how to include more nutritious items on my plate.

Recipe sections include:

  • Blended - from smoothies to soups
  • Salads
  • Bowls
  • Small Plates
  • Big Plates
  • Ocean
  • Sweet Treats
The pea shoots were delicious along with the pan-fried chicken and zucchini

I love simple recipes that don't take long to prepare. The "pea tendril microgreens with toasted garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil" was super simple and was delicious.  The entire family loved it, even my toddler.  We will probably chop the pea tendrils next time as they were a little hard to cut once they were cooked, and I might switch out butter for the cheese.  We're going to add it as a regular item on our menu.  I think we are going to try the tostones and cilantro microgreens recipe next.    

Overall, this was a great book on an aspect of microgreens that is hard to find information on.  At just over $25, this book's price is a little on the high-side compared to other cookbooks or microgreens books.  But the quality of the binding, the glossy pages, and the high resolution photos makes up for it. I look forward to more books from Brendan and Good Water Farms.    

What is a grow light?

A grow light is simply a light designed to mimic the sun.  Indoor lights like soft white bulbs put out light on the red end of the spectrum, closer to the look of candlelight. But grow lights give off full-spectrum light that is red, blue, and green. There are two main types, fluorescent and LED.