Talk about trend-worthy: A new cookbook by Colorado author Corinne Tobias focuses on the very latest in food trends, from farm-to-table to gluten-free to vegan to...infused. Wake & Bake is the state's first cookbook devoted to legal cannabis that has recipes for everyone from novice brownie-bakers to seasoned edible chefs. See also: Pot luck! Creative cooking with cannabis.
Tobias, who lives in Durango, was once sixty pounds overweight and suffered from degenerative disc disease, with two herniated discs. "I didn't understand how food affected me," she explains. But then her roommate introduced her to marijuana, and Tobias found her perfect pain-management solution. It allowed her to stop taking prescription medications, "and it allowed me to feel my body, made me more in tune with the food I was tasting," she says. "It healed me and inspired to live my life in a different way."
In September, she found herself surrounded by the trim from marijuana harvest produce and began infusing organic coconut oil with it to create a food-grade infusion. "It just tastes so fantastic," she says. "It adds another depth. People who do cookbooks and recipes for pot-related food want to cover up the taste. But coconut oil pairs really well -- instead of covering it up, it seems to work with your sweet goods."
Butter might be a more traditional infusion -- but while butter is 65 percent saturated fat, coconut oil is 95 percent saturated fat. "I have no idea if this is scientifically true," Tobias says, "but if it binds to saturated fat, coconut oil has the highest fat content." And coconut oil also has the advantage of being vegan.
Tobias says her book is geared toward marijuana enthusiasts who might not have any experience in the kitchen. "My childhood friend, Aja Kolinski, is the designer," she notes, "and she can't boil water. I lived with her in college, and she has trouble following the steps -- she just feels uncomfortable cooking. So she was put in charge of making sure the recipes are user-friendly. I think it's a good jumping-off point."
And it's a beautiful, fun book to boot. Tobias, a former food blogger, wanted to include as much food porn as possible. "I wanted to make it as stimulating as blogs are," she says. "There are at least four photographs with every recipe; they're all four-color and beautiful. And I'm a comedy writer -- I worked with Second City -- so I tried to get as silly with it as possible. There are a lot of puns."
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Wake & Bake will be available in early 2014, and there will be some free e-book download days: Stay tuned to the book's Facebook page for clues about when you can download it. For more information, visit facebook.com/wakeandbakecookbook.