While most of us know we should increase our intake of whole grains to achieve a healthier diet, it is all-too-easy to fall short of this objective. Pressed for time and unfamiliar with the range of whole grains and how to cook them, we are likely to pass them by or choose their processed counterparts, which are often far less nutritious.  THE COMPLETE WHOLE GRAINS COOKBOOK: 150 Recipes for Healthy Living (Robert Rose Inc., February 2008; Softcover/$24.95;  ISBN: 978-0-778-0178-8) — written by best-selling author Judith Finlayson — offers an abundance of recipes for year-round cooking, along with in-depth nutritional information and facts about the potential impact of whole grains on health.

“THE COMPLETE WHOLE GRAINS COOKBOOK takes the guesswork out of whole grains,” says Finlayson, whose most recent cookbook, 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics, was selected as a notable book of 2006 by The Washington Post.  “It’s designed to help novice and experienced cooks alike explore the world of whole grains and, ultimately, achieve a better, healthier diet.”

Finlayson shares unique recipes that are not only healthy and delicious, but also showcase the vast array of grains available. Some of the recipes include:

– Wild Rice and Smoked Turkey Salad with Dried Cherries
– Asian-Style Beef and Wheat Berry Salad with Arugula
– Amaranth Banana Walnut Bread
– Curried Sweet Potato and Millet Soup
– Moroccan Chicken with Couscous and Cinnamon-Spiked Prunes
– Mussels in Spicy Lemongrass Broth with Chinese Black Rice
– Peppery Shrimp with Couscous
– Best-Ever Buckwheat Burgers with Bulgur in Tomato-Mushroom Gravy
– Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies with Cranberries and Pecans
– Barley Pudding with Cherries and Almonds
– Oatmeal Shortbread Squares

The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook can be purchased from www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and purchased or ordered through most booksellers.