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I MIS-judged this book by its cover. "Wholesome" is not the same as "healthy". This must be the reason they don't invite you to "peek inside"! The ingredients you are expected to have on hand include 1 dozen different flours, (which can only by substituted by "A.P. flour according to the book. What is so wholesome about white flour? Why not whole wheat?) A pie crust recipe that needs 10 TBS of butter into 2 1/4 cups of flour isn't better than any other recipe, if the 3/4 cup of "barley" flour you can't find, is replaced by more white flour. A few recipes require you to roast beets or squash, just to have (sometime)s less than a cup of puree. Why can't we used canned beets? It wouldn't be "wholesome"? Or "turbinado" sugar! Seriously, wouldn't brown sugar be OK? You must follow the directions carefully, or the result will suffer. The instructions are like America's Test Kitchen recipes. Deviate from the specific steps & you will end up w/ something inedible. A lot of the book calls for fruit juices for moisture. This is just added sugar water, not 'wholesome' cooking. The whole grain components used are la nod to health concerns. But, 1 pound of almond flour for a single cake? (Sponge, not pound cake.) I had high hopes for this book. But, after looking at each recipe, I may find 4 that will become standards. The rest are useless because they : 1.Need a diva ingredient I'll never use again. 2.Have too much fat. 3. Are too complex. 4. The "Make Ahead" sidebar says the product is best the FIRST day. Really!?! A dozen muffins will be stale by tomorrow? This book may be well intentioned;, but impractical, & the results, so far, are not worth the effort. I have baked: the pear coffee cake, blueberry muffins, honey biscotti, & squash scones. All were OK, but not incredible. The biscotti were crumbly & heavy, & you have to toast, then grind your own nut flour. The pear cake was pretty good. Blueberry muffins were skimpy but good. I cheated on the squash scones, & used canned pumpkin puree instead of baking a butternut. They were tender, but the size of 2" cookies. If you need to watch your sugar of fat consumption & want to bake healthy, tryto find Dr.s Wayne & Yarnall Dr Cookie Cookbooks.