Review: 101 Ways to Fix Oatmeal

  • Title:
    • 101 Ways to Fix Oatmeal
  • Author:
    • Patricia Lloyd “The Oatmeal Fixer”
  • Release:
    • September 13, 2019
  • Format:
    • PDF

I’ve loved food preparation since I was a kid. Despite this, I haven’t had access to a lot of cookbooks. The first thing that stands out to me about this book is how informative and well-written it is. I’m used to recipes being a list of ingredients mashed together in a single paragraph.

The second standout thing to me about this book is the brands. It seems as if every page is intended to promote some brand or two. I’m not a fan of advertising and this entire book feels like just that. It limits people who aren’t familiar with these brands or don’t have access to them as well.

I have to praise this cookbook for its creativity. One of the most important things to remember while preparing food is to always try new things because you’ll encounter new flavor combinations that you’d never guess would work. I don’t eat oatmeal often, I never would have considered using sweet tea in place of water in oatmeal. partially because I think water turns oatmeal into an inedible sludge. But aside from that, Nutella and goat’s cheese (also not my thing) are other ingredients that never would have crossed my mind.

Another bonus and fault with the recipes is the lack of pictures. Some of these sound absolutely incredible. Banana split oatmeal? Yes! Sign me up! I usually just chop bananas into oatmeal, adding yogurt never would have crossed my mind. But this, along with many others really could have benefitted from some pictures for presentation. It really helps the reader to know what to expect when they’re making a recipe. I’m reading a digital copy so I feel there’s even less of an excuse for there to not be pictures when each recipe has its own page.

While I think some sections might not be for everybody, such as the Oatmeal Under the Influence section. I think there’s still plenty to be found for all. Bacon bits in oatmeal? I think that sounds revolting but I’m sure somebody out there likes that. Oatmeal and yogurt? Damn, I wish I had thought of that. While some of the suggestions are things I already do, such as mixing in honey, fruit, cinnamon, etc. There’s plenty in here to liven up your breakfast ….. or dinner, whenever you eat oatmeal.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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