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Not Really for an American Palate

I love to review a new cookbook, especially ones designed to teach the science behind the processes used in the book. Steven Lamb’s cookbook, The River Cottage & Smoking Handbook does exactly that, he explains in great detail how and why curing and smoking different types of meats works. This part of the book I found to be very interesting and I learned a few things.blogging for books

However, there are a few things that I did not like about the book. First, it is very small for a cookbook, it only measures 5 ΒΌ” by 8″. This makes the writing very small and difficult to read when trying to prepare the recipes. Secondly, I felt this book was more target to those living in the UK and Europe in general, not the United States. The recipes are straight forward and he is very good at given instructions but how many Americans eat pressed beef tongue, lamb culatello and beer-brined beef heart?

I am going to try his recipe for bacon, it sounds like the easiest one to do and the ingredients are relatively easy to get locally, except for the juniper berries which I found on EBay for less than $5.00. I will update my review and let you know how it turns out. However, for the above mentioned reasons I can really only give this book three stars.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books for my honest review.


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Bread & Better by Erin McKenna is Fabulous

Erin’s new book, Bread & Butter, is going to be a huge hit with the gluten-free vegan bread lovers. If you have to be gluten-free then you know that almost any type of regular bread is no longer on your menu and if you are like me then you truly miss eating bread. I must disclose that I could hardly wait for this book to be delivered because I am gluten intolerant and I love bread. This cookbook does not disappoint, there are recipes for just about anything you feel deprived of when it comes to eat bread.

In the cookbook you learn just how hard Erin McKenna worked to perfect these recipes for the GF vegan community. It took a lot of hard work and it seems that oftentimes there were many failures before success. What you will also learn in Bread & Butter is that baking GF is almost a science, the recipes are very precise and she warns you to use a baking scale and not to just use a standard measuring cup.blogging for books There are also some ingredients that you have to look for and have on hand because they are staples in her recipes, for example unscented coconut oil is in almost every recipe.

The book does not only consist of bread recipes but there are many recipe suggestions that are both gluten and vegan free, for example her recipe for pizza sauce (yes there is a pizza dough recipe!) and you can try her potato and cauliflower tots. However for me, I am personally looking forward to making English muffins and sandwich bread, I can’t wait to order my baking scale and get started. In case you are wonder why it is Bread and Butter, it is because Erin has created a butter recipe that is gluten free and vegan.

I really can’t wait to get in the kitchen with these recipes! However I do need my baking scale and I need to find the unscented coconut oil but I will update the review once I have tried several recipes. So for the gluten-free and vegan crowd, get prepared to have bread back in your diet. Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna has bread for every meal including biscuits, English muffins, sandwich bread, focaccia, puff pastry and many more.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books for my honest review.


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Need Delicious Food, Fast for Lunch? Read and Create with Salad Love by David Bez

The idea behind David Bez’s Salad Love is he wanted to be able to eat healthy and quickly during a normal one hour lunch break at work. So he decided to try and see if he could make a different type of salad everyday while still at his desk. The answer was yes, it absolutely could be done and he explains exactly how he was able to do this.

blogging for booksI really like how he shows you how to incorporate seasonal ingredients during the year, in fact he has divided his book into seasons so you know exactly what types of vegetables, protein and herbs you should be looking for. David also has a great selection of dressings that you can make very easily and the recipe is for just a serving so that makes it very easy to create and there is no waste.

Some of the salads did have some ingredients that I would have to say you need an adventurous palate to try and if you live in a rural area like I do, you may not be able to find certain ingredients. I mean who knew there were purple carrots? So, if you are looking for very easy to prepare, good tasting, and healthy food for lunch I would recommend trying Salad Love by David Bez.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books for my honest opinion.


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Love “The Perfect Egg” by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park

This cookbook is fabulous! I have to say that I am absolutely thrilled with “The Perfect Egg” by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. First let’s start with the fact that the book itself is done just beautifully. The pages are on nice thick high quality paper that makes the pictures look great. I love the cover and the first pages inside, it was very cleverly done (I won’t spoil it for you).

I almost feel bad that it is a cook book because I know as I follow these recipes it will start to look like all of my other cookbooks, stained and splattered but I am really looking forward to trying these unique recipes. Teri and Jenny have put together a book that gives you lots of information about eggs and recipes that are not just eggs and a side to go with them but recipes that incorporate eggs and make them the star in different ways.

I have learned that my hens are laying medium and large eggs and my seabrights lay small eggs. I also now know that I am raising free range chickens and I may actually have A A graded eggs. I am going to start with making mayonnaise, aioli, and egg butter (I know, who knew there was such a thing? But it sounds really good-I’ll let you know.).

There are recipes for every meal of the day including snacks and desserts. The one I really can’t wait to make is the Croque-Madame it just sounds like everything good in life, ham, eggs, gravy, and Gruyere cheese. How can you go wrong? Then for desert I am going to try and make vanilla bean semifreddo bars, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

I was happy to see that their instructions for their recipes were very easy to understand and I love how they tell you how to store the food after it is made and they also let you know how long you can safely keep things refrigerated. I think the only thing that some readers may not like is there is no nutritional values with the recipes.

This book was received by me from Blogging for Books at no charge and published by 10 Speed Press.


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The Perfect Egg on the Way

theperfecteggI am so excited to be approved as a blogger for Blogging for Books The fist book I have requested is for The Perfect Egg by Terri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. As you have read in by profile, I raise a variety of fowl including roosters, many many hens, seabrights and one very obstinate polish rooster, so I have 5 dozen eggs in my refrigerator and need new ideas for way to make them. I can’t wait! I’ll let you know..


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