Welcome to a new feature on the blog! Weekend Reads! Each weekend I am going to feature a food related book that I have enjoyed and would like to share with you. Some of them will be cookbooks, some will be magazines, some will be food-related fiction that I have enjoyed. They might not all be for you, but some might just become favorite books!
This week I am featuring a great cookbook for any cook, novice to experienced. The Illustrated Kitchen Bible includes 1,000 recipes, some you may have tried before, some that may be new to you. Each recipe includes a picture and detailed directions. I haven’t run across a recipe yet that has an ingredient I haven’t found at the regular grocery store, which everyone knows is a pet peeve of mine. The pictures are lovely, and make you want to eat the pages.
What I really like is the two-page spreads of things like Warm Desserts, or like this one called Dinner Party Mains, that put a whole list, with pictures descriptions and page numbers, of dishes right at your fingertips. It’s a helpful way to not have to go through the whole section when your in a hurry.
The other great thing about this cookbook is the way they include basic recipes too. In the dessert catagory, you have recipes for things like Silesian Poppy Tart and Strawberry Semifreddo, but then they have a delicious recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes.
I have also come across a lot of recipes that could be used in a few different ways. The recipe for Squash and Gorgonzola Tart could easily be an entree for light lunch, or an appetizer. And again, the picture is beautiful!
This book has something for everyone and is a great go-to guide for everyday cooking or a fancy dinner party. I personally feel any level of cook could pick it up and open up to any page with success. Check it out for yourself and see!
The Ittustrated Kitchen Bible retails for $35.00 but you can get it through www.amazon.com for around $25.00 or check it out from your local library. It is published by Dorling Kindersley and the Editor-in-chief is Victoria Blashford-Snell.