Vitamix blenders have inspired a multitude of cookbooks over the years. Many were published only in the US; most are out of print. However, for cookbook collectors, finding healthy recipes to whip up in a blender has never been difficult. Here are some current Vitamix cookbooks in Australia to check out.
“The” Vitamix Cookbook
Every collector will want Jodi Berg’s Vitamix Cookbook, a coffee table size book available for Australia. In 400 pages, Berg presents only 250 recipes, some basic, along with lots of pretty pictures, the history of the Vitamix company (still basically a family-owned small business), some advice about eating more fresh fruit and veg at home, and some testimonials from people who’ve become healthier while eating whole foods with the help of their Vitamix blenders.
Gluten free grain contamination
Readers have actually complained that these recipes don’t absolutely require a heavy-duty, high-speed, professional-grade blender.
Yes, for some readers that’s a problem. They want more secret recipes for texturising gluten-free flours so as to make cup-for-cup equivalents to wheat flour. Many US blender users were working on this when gradually, one by one, US gluten-free cooks realised that the supply of naturally gluten-free grains in the US had become contaminated with glyphosate and GMO grain, so they needed to focus on grain-free recipes.
The bad news is that this contamination is taking place with fruits, vegetables, and nuts, as well as grains—and meat from animals fed on contaminated grains is not really safe for coeliacs either. The US coeliac population have a serious problem.
Anyway, Berg offers recipes for all kinds of drinks, smoothies, dips, desserts, sauces, spreads, batters, doughs, and the famous Vitamix blender soups. All blenders generate heat in use. Cheap blenders wear out quickly because this heat damages the motor and sealing gasket. Vitamix blenders actually fan the heat up through the food to produce fresh, steaming hot, smooth vegetable soups.
Vitamix Create Recipe Bookbook
The “official” recipe book included with many Vitamix blenders actually seems to work best with the “low-profile,” semi-automatic Professional Series 750. If you have the 300 or the A2300 it might still be worth a try.
300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix
Robin Asbell’s 300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix is a smaller, lighter book containing more recipes than the book discussed above. Well known as an advocate of whole grain cuisine, Asbell discusses grinding your own whole grains in the blender.
The Vitamix company has traditionally emphasised this capacity only in promotional literature for its “low profile,” full-sized blenders. There is probably a reason for this.
Grandma Bonnie Peters, who exploited the Vitamix’s capacities to grind cooked rice to mix with rice flour when making Allergy-Ease Veggie Burgers, has been using one of these machines for thirty years but was disappointed by the results when she tried grinding grain.
If you can get GMO-free, glyphosate-free whole grains and the right type of blender to experiment with them, this book is probably for you.
Vitamix Recipes to Inspire Cookbook
The Grain-Free Blender Cookbook
While Annabelle Lee’s Grain-Free Blender Cookbook discusses the food choices many people in the US are making these days, even a grain-free diet can’t guarantee food safety for coeliacs in countries that continue to allow glyphosate solutions to be sprayed directly on nuts.
If you collect cookbooks and own a high-powered blender, you’ll want to try some of these recipes once, and you might like some of them; they’re certainly different.