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What is Quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) originated in the Andes Mountains of South America, where it has been an important food for over 5,000 years. It was grown by the Inca civilization, who held the crop to be sacred and dubbed it “the mother of all grains.” Quinoa is actually in the same family as spinach, even though it resembles rice and cous cous. It contains all essential amino acids and is nutrient rich. Despite all its virtues, quinoa remains a very overlooked food in American cooking.

How You Can Help

Show your interest in our cookbook, include quinoa in your diet and spread the health! We have several sponsorship opportunities available and are looking for contributions from chefs, web designers, nutritionists, editors and photographers. Make a difference by furthering our mission and learn along the way!

If you would like to be considered for a feature in the book, please submit your quinoa recipes and cooking tips through our recipe submission form or email to: recipe@quinoacookbook.com

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Welcome to Quinoa Cookbook!

Our mission is to inspire healthy eating while reducing the impact of food choices on the environment. “Quinoa Cookbook: Deliciously Benefiting Your Health and Planet” will inform the reader of quinoa’s origin, nutritional value, health and environmental impacts, and most importantly how to use it in great meals! The recipes and cooking tips will be submitted by celebrity, local, and amateur chefs. All proceeds from the sales and marketing of the book will be donated to charity to further these goals.

Quinoa's Importance

Americans consume more meat and sugar than is recommended by health guidelines, while eating drastically fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This imbalanced diet is causing obesity and weight-related illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes at an alarming rate while exacting an enormous toll on those suffering and on society. America’s diet also consumes more land, fossil fuels and fresh water than would be required by a healthy one. As our population grows and the world begins to eat more like Americans, these problems will almost certainly become much worse unless we take action now. Foods like quinoa that taste great and deliver high amounts of protein and nutrients per serving offer the world a brighter future.