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Best Spiralizer Cookbook: Inspired Ways to Slice your Fruit and Veggies

Gerard Paul
September 14th, 2020

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In a hurry to spiralize? My pick for best spiralizer cookbook is Kenzie Swanhart’s Spiralize It!: Creative Spiralizer Recipes for Every Type of Eater.

Who doesn't love spiralized veggies? This delicious way to eat your vegetables is fun – and super creative.

It has never been easier to eat healthy veggies in fun shapes. Whether you are a kid or an adult, you can have fun spiralizing anything – from cucumbers to carrots – to really anything that fits the blade.

Are you running out of spiralizer recipes yet?

You're in luck. Today I'll help you decide the best spiralizer cookbook to have in your kitchen right now.

Spiralizer Cookbooks Reviewed

The Spiralizer: Why One Belongs in Your Kitchen

Why get a spiralizer?

Over the years, food experts have become more creative when finding ways to maximize the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. After seeming generations of junk food and premade meals, people are finally waking up to the importance of eating fresher and better foods. 

The spiralizer is an amazing tool that allows you to prepare nutritious fruit and vegetables creatively. You'll create more edible, fun, and versatile versions of themselves. When food is smaller and cuter, you'll find it disappears quickly.

Spiralizers also make it fun and easy to feed kids who are picky eaters. Rather than trying to feed them fruits and veggies in chunks, the spiralizer makes these nutritious foods easier to chew and swallow.

The spiralizer can potentially make you the queen or king of the kitchen. Dazzle your friends and family with amazing displays of culinary zanyness. 

Presentation is everything; let your creativity run for breakfast, lunch or dinner:

But – the most important reason to run and get a spiralizer is that veggie noodles surpass flour noodles in nutritional value. You'll be consuming fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates, and many more vitamins.

What vegetables and fruits are best for the spiralizer machine?

  •  zucchini
  •  bell pepper
  •  parsnips (rutabaga, turnips)
  •  cabbage
  •  red onions
  •  carrots
  •  sweet potatoes
  •  cucumbers
  •  apples
  •  butternut squash
  •  beets

Virtually anything that holds enough texture and can "keep together" can be spiralized

Do all fruits and vegetables spiral the same way?

No. All spiralizers come with thick and thin blades that adjust to the piece of the food you're spiralizing. However, food comes in different thicknesses, moisture, and hardness so you will sometimes have to adjust spiralizer techniques.

How do I prepare prior to using the spiralizer?

Since not all fruits and veggies are the same, also consider that the natural color of certain foods and veggies may stain your blade as well as your countertop, as foods release their natural juices. Always prepare your area for those not-too-surprising big messes. 

What are the most popular dishes for spiralized fruits and veggies?

  •  salads
  •  casseroles
  •  substituting for noodles
  •  add-ons in soup
  •  simple, cool snacks
Pasta with a knife and fork

How to choose the best spiralizer

The best spiralizer out there is whichever one meets all your culinary and budget needs. 

There is no "best-of-all" machine out there. The most sophisticated spiralizer is probably also more expensive. On the other hand, those on the low-end range are great for saving money, but may not do as well spiralizing.

 So, in order to choose the best unit that works for you, consider the following:

  • Ease of use: Ease of use is of utmost importance. Always remember you're working with blades. The more comfortable you feel with a spiralizer, the fewer chances of it being misused and causing injury. 
  • Price: Yes, price is secondary to safety. However, there's no reason to break your budget just to get a spiralizer. Some manual units are just as effective as the most expensive options, albeit much slower.
  • Maintenance: Like any other food processing machines, spiralizers will get stained, and bits of food may stick to the blades. Find a unit that is easy to keep clean.
  • Storage: Again, working with blades is always a risk. You need to have a safe storage location for your spiralizer, especially if you have children in the home.
  • Creations: If you want different zoodle shapes, you may want to invest in add-on pieces or get a spiralizer that offers more choices. 
  • Quality: Regardless of a name brand, look for a durable, well-made unit that allows you to let your creative juices flow.

Top Spiralizer Cookbooks Roundup

Got your spiralizer already, or at least have one picked out? Great!

Here are 6 amazing spiralizer cookbooks that will get you started spiralizing everything compatible you can find.

Brandon Mitchell's The Spiralizer Cookbook: Simple and Delicious Recipes Made in a Different Way

The Spiralizer Cookbook includes recipes that go beyond just pasta substitutions. Mitchell also includes stews, soups, sandwiches, and traditional pasta dishes where pasta is substituted by a spiralized vegetable. 

The book comes in both kindle and paperback formats and features 100 recipes. The book also has a section where the types of blades are explained, as well as the types of fruits and vegetables that would best go with the type of blade that will be used to spiralize. 

This book pairs well with the Paderno spiralizer

Pros:

  •  Kindle and paperback formats available
  •  Ingenious recipes that include sandwiches and pancakes, among many other things
  •  All dishes come with estimated cooking time and are paired with side dishes. 

Cons :

  • Could have even more recipes for some diets
  • Not every dish has enough pictures

Kenzie Swanhart's Spiralize It!: Creative Spiralizer Recipes for Every Type of Eater

Spiralize It! takes a Paleo blogger's diet approach to traditional spiralizer recipes – and other diets. It is written by Kenzie Swanhart, who is also the author of the blog Cave Girl in the City

Using sought-after fruit and vegetable staples, Swanhart offers a wide array of meals that follow the tenets of various diets. The book features excellent photography for most of the recipes and features well over 150 recipes. Every dish is labeled with the diets it fits.

 Pros:

  • Excellent choice for gluten-free and Paleo dieters
  • Recipes contain no sugar, gluten, dairy, grain, or starches
  • Good eating options for clean eaters and people with Celiac disease or who suspect leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability)

 Cons:

  • Some recipes would have liked more pictures
  • A few owners would have appreciated more recipe photos

Rockridge Press's Healthy Spiralizer Cookbook: Flavorful and Filling Salads, Soups, Suppers, and More for Low-Carb Living

Rockridge Press's Healthy Spiralizer Cookbook comes in both Kindle and paperback format. It features over 200 recipes that include vegan, vegetarian, low carb, and gluten-free. 

The book is divided into helpful sections that include a step-by-step guide to spiralizing. It also comes with a measuring conversion table and useful information for living a low-carb life

While the book is mainly targeted at low carb dishes, it does include a dessert section and recipes for sweets and snacks. It also includes an alternative to rice and meat that are replaced by vegetables. 

Pros:

  • Wide array of recipes from all eating lifestyles
  • Includes vegan and vegetarian
  • Has creative ways for swapping foods

Cons:

  • Some complex recipes are light on pictures

Ali Maffucci's Inspiralize Everything: An Apples to Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing.

Inspiralize Everything is written by Ali Maffucci, who is a New York Times's best selling author of Inspiralized, another popular spiralizer cookbook (reviewed below!). This book offers an extensive guide that includes all dietary lifestyles, including clean meals, Paleo, vegan, raw, and gluten-free. 

The book has a great section where fruits and vegetables are analyzed in terms of nutritional value and preparation. In addition, Maffucci prepares the reader ahead of time with an explanation of exotic vegetables and herbs that will be featured in her recipes, including chayote and kohlrabi

Pros:

  • The book is written by a New York Times best-selling author
  • All dietary lifestyles are included in the book
  • Great analysis of ingredients and nutritional value

Cons:

  • Some users found recipes to be off in terms of cooking time and ingredients

Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals: A Cookbook

Inspiralized is also written by New York Times best selling author Ali Maffucci, who is also famous for her blog Inspiralized, where she displays her best recipes using the spiralizer. 

Inspiralized's recipes include all dietary lifestyles, including raw, vegan, Paleo, and gluten-free. I love that every recipe comes with nutritional information, so you can tweak recipes for weight loss and meal prepping. The recipes include everything from snacks to breakfasts to casseroles to rices and (of course) to desserts. 

 Pros:

  • Creative recipes
  • A wide range of options for recipes
  • Great for dieters

 Cons:

  • Recipes can be quite lengthy
  • Some recipes are complicated for beginners

Marilyn Haugen and Jennifer Williams's 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes

Authors Marilyn Haugen and Jennifer Williams combine efforts in a wonderfully illustrated spiralizer cookbook that features 150 recipes for all dietary lifestyles: from low carb to vegetarian. The book also features traditional meat seafood dishes. 

Some of these dishes include salads, noodles made out of sweet potato, and tuna noodle casserole. The dishes are displayed in 16 pages of photographs of the prepared dishes. 

I love that each recipe comes with portion information plus important tips. There is also a section on how to make the most out of your spiralizer.

 Pros:

  • Lots of food photography showing the finalized products
  • Ample number of recipes explained step-by-step
  • Wide range of options for different daily meals.

 Cons:

  • Only comes in paperback format
  • No nutrition information per recipe

My Pick for Best Spiralizer Cookbook

After weighing all the pros and cons, in my opinion the best spiralizer cookbook is Spiralize It!: Creative Spiralizer Recipes for Every Type of Eater. 

The book has a lot to offer for the Paleo diet (and other compatible diets), but the recipes are perfect for anyone who simply wants to learn to eat better. It does have recipes which are targeted at other culinary traditions and diets as well.

The creative uses of fruits and vegetables are perfect for maximizing the use of your spiralizer.

Gerard Paul
Prolific eater and founder of ManyEats.

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