- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Artisan (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579652646
- ISBN-13: 978-1579652647
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Foods and Fragrance Hardcover – June 1, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
This rather precious cookbook contains two kinds of recipes: those for food, and those for making fragrances, with the latter occasionally used in the former as well as to perfume the body. With a few exceptions, such as White Truffle and Blood Orange Solid Perfume, these sound lovely. However, preparation of both types is complex. The use of essential oils in place of the actual materials in food seems unnecessarily complicated (e.g., the suggestion that readers "add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to melted butter, then use that butter to make cinnamon toast"). Fragrances are equally elaborate: Coffee Cologne Spray requires four absolutes and six essential oils. The food itself is creative American, like Lavender Roasted Chicken and Mint-Infused Asparagus Soup. Patterson, of San Francisco's Frisson, opening in May 2004, writes competent recipes, although some call for expensive ingredients. Aftel, who creates custom scents, easily guides readers through production of such items as Ginger and Juniper Body Oil, although her list of equipment is daunting. The real question is whether consumers want to see recipes for Coriander and Grapefruit Body Oil and Crab Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette on the same page. Photos.
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Top Customer Reviews
The food recipes are well within the skill level of the average cook. Some of the ingredients are a bit exotic and might be hard to find for some readers (e.g. shiso and saffron absolute- I finally found the saffron absolute at Liberty Natural). Otherwise most of the ingredients are readily available at your basic supermarket. The essences themselves can be ordered at a number of sites on the internet.
Chef Patterson's recipes are creative and provacative combinations that "go outside the box". Seared Scallops With Tarragon Sabayon combines tarragon essential oil with a sabayon sauce normally associated with desserts, but modified here to work in a savory dish. Wild Salmon With Marinated Cucumbers utilizes a cucumber hydrosol in the vinaigrette and the unusual technique of slow-cooking the salmon so that it is completely cooked through yet moist and delicate.
The "In the Everyday Kitchen" vignettes in each chapter offer quick and simple suggestions for using the essences in food. For example, "Mix a little lime essential oil with lime juice, simple syrup...and sparkling mineral water..." The lime EO adds a kick to the drink that it wouldn't have with lime juice alone.
Ms. Aftel's fragrances and body care recipes are glorious and most are relatively simple to do.Read more ›
100% Pure Essential Oil Geranium 0.5 oz Liquid
Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil - 10 ml
Litsea Cubeba (10 ml)
Neroli 100% Pure Essential Oil 5ml
Aura Cacia - Myrrh Essential Oil, .5 oz liquid
Yes many of these recipes require gourmet ingredients like the following:
Crème Fraiche (or you can make some with buttermilk and cream)
Urbani White Truffle Infused Oil, 60-ml Bottles (Pack of 2)
Gelatin Sheets - Silver Label - by ChefShop (as opposed to the easier to find packets)
Some of the unique projects in this book include two recipes for scented bookmarks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivery was fast, very well wrapped, I am very happy with the company I received the book from. As far as Aroma: The magic of essential oils in Foods. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Malia
Great (and logical) assertion, but the essential oils are not readily available in Phoenix (a very large city). Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by M. McDonald
The review on line did not show any of the recipes in full and every one of them had ingredients that I never even heard of or don't know where I would even purchase! Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Bonnie
Mi ha fatto veramente molto piacere acquistare da te.
Sei un venditore, molto preciso e serio.
Itempi di consegna sono stati brevi ed i costi molto ragionevoli. Read more
having spent a few years using essential oils therapeutically and understanding their power and value in the medicine cabinet, it is a thrill to see them put to use so deliciously... Read morePublished on August 6, 2009 by J. Godec
The book is so beautiful. It has lovely recipes for food and fragrance. I want to try them all.Published on May 6, 2007 by White 'n Nerdy