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This review is from: Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite (Hardcover)
In "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights," Sophie, the granddaughter of famous children's author Roald Dahl, shares her recipes and stories from her life. The recipes are divided into four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. The recipes are further divided by breakfast, lunch, and supper. There is also a separate section for desserts.
The book is very colorful, and the recipes tend to put creative spins on well-known food like scrambled eggs, tofu, salads, rice, and soups while also introducing more unique recipes like barbecued salmon on cedar plank, buttermilk chicken with sweet mashed potatoes, fish cakes, homemade muesli with strawberry yogurt, buckwheat risotto with wild mushrooms, omelet with caramelized red onion, or lemon and ricotta spelt pancakes, along with others.
I enjoyed Miss Dahl's stories about her childhood and adolescence, her life in New York, modeling (her employers wanted to turn her into a plus size model), various travels, and the subsequent eating habits which changed the way she looks at food. Each of the four sections starts off with her stories, which makes the cookbook part memoir. This structure however didn't take away from the actual recipes, which are plentiful. Miss Dahl comes across as down-to-earth which makes her a likeable personality.
At the end of the book, following the desserts section is an index structured by ingredients which makes it easier to locate recipes containing certain foods like chicken, eggs, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, or onions--among those listed. Overall I thought this cookbook was pretty well done, with recipes ranging from basic to advanced.