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Thursday, April 12, 2012

CONTEST and Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl: Chef Jeff Reviews

Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes
by Sophie Dahl
Ten Speed Press (Random  House)
ISBN: 978-1-60774-178-7
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Description: A stylish and charming cookbook from a rising food star that interweaves personal anecdotes about food and the good life with 100 simple and appealing seasonal recipes.

Bestselling author Sophie Dahl offers up 100 wholesome recipes for health-minded home cooks who yearn for a bit of indulgence in her gorgeous second cookbook. Favoring natural sweeteners, minimal meat, and abundant produce, these dishes satisfy yet never feel ascetic. Recipes ranging from Roasted Pumpkin with SautГ©ed Greens and Toasted Cumin Dressing to Rhubarb Rice Pudding are organized seasonally, and the book finishes with a full chapter of luscious desserts. But the recipes are only part of the story--Sophies food-filled memories and musings on the good life make this a book to treasure for its writerly charms as much as for its advice in the kitchen.

Very Fond of Food will enchant the eye with evocative photography and whimsical drawings; inspire the mind with witty recollections on family, travel, and romance; and captivate the palate with recipes that comfort body and soul. Sophie Dahl invites you into a delightful world where every meal is a story, and theres always an excuse for cake

The Good Stuff
  • Very Unique in terms of layout and recipes
  • Pictures are rustic and attractive 
  • Interesting and quirky to read
  • She's nice to look at 
  • Most of the recipes are very healthy with fresh natural ingredients
  • Some very unusual but tasty combinations
  • reminds me of some of the foods my English relatives enjoy
  • Wife says the index is good (nerd)

The Not So Good Stuff
  • recipe fonts and colours are hard to read and book doesn't stay open very well which makes ACTUALLY making the recipes very challenging
  • Not a lot of recipes that our family could enjoy together
  • Very few quick easy recipes - many take a lot of ingredients that we don't have on hand and involve a lot of steps
  • Really didn't like how the recipes were set up
Favorite Recipes
  • Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and a Cucumber and dill salad 
  • Coconut and Crab Rice with Lime and Cilantro (This one was easy and quick to make)
  • Ceviche with Shrimp and Avocado

Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Lots of vegetarian recipes so it would appeal to those who are vegan
  • Better for the more intermediate cook with a sophisticated palate
  • Not for my wife - as many of the recipes involve way too much prep which she really isn't good at 
  • Those who enjoy and can afford the organic lifestyle would enjoy
3 Dewey's

We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review


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