- Publisher: Livingdahl; 2nd Edition edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615366678
- ISBN-13: 978-0615366678
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Elixir of Life: Finding Love and Joy in the Passionate Pursuit of Food Hardcover – 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
stop raving about the content and the incredible quality of the photography and overall publication.
This book is a must for anyone who enjoys food, cooking, or just wants to look at the fabulous
pictures and read an amazing story. This book is a masterpiece and incredibly beautiful.
I ordered this book before we drove over to Sedona (5 hours from Albuquerque) and it was waiting for me when we returned.
Flipping through the book, it is very appealing, visually. There are beautiful photos, not just of the food, but of Sedona, the restaurant, and even Italy. There is a photo to accompany each recipe. Rather than just listing ingredients and instructions, some recipes include strategies and tips for perfecting the dish.
There are recipes here for dishes you are probably familiar with (mozzarella caprese, pomodoro sauce, and bruschetta, for example). But this book includes a lot of recipes you won't find in most other books on Italian cooking (at least I haven't). This includes such yummy numbers as stuffed onions, farro salad, porcini mushroom soup, cauliflower curry bisque, spinach lemon pesto soup, olive pecan spread, portobellos stuffed with spinach and goat cheese (yum!) .....
Anyhow, this is a tidy and appealing book, with approximately 50 recipes in the standard categories (starters, soups, salads, sauces, and side dishes). I have over 30 Italian cookbooks, and this one certainly has the most visual appeal. As noted, there are also several recipes that are new and innovative. Even if you don't cook, the photos in this book---gardens, Italian shops, rustic homes, wine, and of course, the food---are worth the purchase alone.
Each of the photos is crisp and well-designed to illustrate the dish or Dahl's travel experiences in Italy and Sedona. I love what she write in the introduction, "To do what we love most for a living is the ultimate gift because each day it gives us a better understanding of the world and ourselves. For me, one of the elixirs of life is cooking." (Page 14)
That joy radiates throughout this book. Whether you keep it on your coffee table or in the kitchen for inspiration, you will enjoy THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. In addition, this title includes a 22-minute DVD which combines beautiful music with the stirring pictures from this book. If you love food and life, you need this book. I recommend it.
We enter her world through a poignant dedication. We leave it temporarily on the last page in a state of wonderment at her ability to put her passion onto the printed page. To call the recipes inspired is such a weak terminology, but it will have to suffice.
If you are looking for umami in your menu you need search no further. If you are looking for ornamentation ideas, this is your book, too. And if you want inspiration, Lisa is your source.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a feast for your eyes and stomach. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.Published 23 months ago by Mia mine
Recently purchased this book on tip from close friend who dined twice at Dahl and DiLuca while in Sedona. I have tried several recipes and agree all are delicious. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Peggy Gamma
Had an issue with book binder. Seller did not realize they had a customer complaint. Seller realized situation and quicly corrected the problem. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by J.R.
My sister in law made a few recipes from the book for my birthday dinner and I immediately ordered it!! Absolutely LOVE IT!!!! Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Tamara Czajka
This is the best cookbook I have ever purchased. The recipes are not complicated..the pictures are fabulous and the story about the author is fasinating. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by L. Fox