Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Based on Sammy Moniz’s popular Instagram page, Feeding the Frasers is a book that any CrossFit aficionado—or just someone curious about how to cook with whole foods without sacrificing the world—will want to get their hands on.
Filled with 100 terrific recipes of high quality delicious food that promote balance, togetherness, indulgence, and athletic recovery.
Sammy Moniz is well known in the CrossFit community as an activist, and she is also the wife of five time champion Mat Fraser, the winningest athlete in CrossFit history and one of the most beloved.
This is her cookbook where she shares the secrets behind feeding the greatest champion of the sport.
About: Feeding the Frasers: Family Favorite Recipes Made to Feed the Five-Time CrossFit Games Champion, Mat Fraser is a cookbook written by Sammy Moniz. It will be published on 1/25/2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 240 pages. The genres are cooking, cookbook, and nonfiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “The Griffin list features a wide range of contemporary paperbacks, from commercial, literary, and graphic (illustrated) novels to titles of African American and young-adult interest. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started cooking following the recipes from Feeding the Frasers: Family Favorite Recipes Made to Feed the Five-Time CrossFit Games Champion, Mat Fraser on 12/7/2021. I made Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Drumsticks. It was delicious. I forgot to take pictures while I prepared the chicken so I’ll insert it in when I cook it again next time. My family loved this dish and I ate it with lobster ravioli and vegetables I had. The recipe was easy to follow. One step I skipped in this recipe was roasting the garlic because I forgot to buy new garlic. I did use garlic just not roasted because the garlic I had was many days old. I also didn’t put red pepper flakes because I didn’t want it spicy. I have never cooked my chicken with all of these ingredients before so it was good to try something new. It looks like a lot of ingredients to deal with but it was a fast dump to a bowl.
On 1/11/2022, I attempted at making Mustard-Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus. Let me put it out there. I have only eat mustard with hotdogs ever! But this cookbook has converted me into loving mustard in my dishes! And I loved this recipe. It’s easy to make and it tasted yummy! The recipe again was easy to follow and I have since made this dish twice! I had shrimp available in the fridge so I just ate it with shrimp. The second time I ate it with steak. I’m confused by the white balsamic vinegar because at the supermarket I have only seen white vinegar or balsamic vinegar. I substituted for rice vinegar but only put a little. The second time I made it I skipped the vinegar altogether. Since I have the early copy of the cookbook, the pictures in the book were black and white. Hopefully my cooking were similar to the author’s.
This cookbook opened up to a table of contents. The organization will start in this order: Breakfast: Savory, Breakfast: Sweet, Poultry & Pork, Beef & Lamb, Seafood, Sides Salads & Sandwiches, and lastly Snacks & Sweets. There are pictures of the author and her husband who inspired her cooking throughout the cookbook. An introduction page told about the author growing up. She said she didn’t grow up cooking alongside her family. She decided to cook because of the efforts her parents made to bring family together for a meal at the end of the day.
I loved the author’s personal short story at each recipe. I loved soft-boiled eggs too while my husband preferred hard-boiled. Her breakfast salad story made me smile. I will have to try making that salad soon.
Those Pro Tips on some of the recipes were helpful.
There are so many dishes I want to eat in this cookbook. I’m excited to try out more recipes and add more pictures to this post soon.
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Sammy Moniz is a self-taught home cook, author, and the wife of 5-time CrossFit champion Mat Fraser. She began cooking as a way to feed her desire to learn and be creative, and she loves how food brings people together. Feeding the Frasers is her first cookbook. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read, cook, and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.