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Mediterranean A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes Paperback – January 1, 2001
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At least that's what I thought until the recipes were actually examined. Some are easy to make and taste good, but those are typical Meditteranean classics like focaccia, stuffed vine leaves, and a variety of soups (gazpacho, lentil, bouillabaisse, avgolemono). They can be found anywhere, even for free online. Other recipes require harder to find ingredients, and I'm a bit leery to try them anyway. Some examples--spiced duck with pears, Moroccan pigeon pie, sardine gratin, octopus and red wine stew. Maybe I'm just not as experimental as I thought.
What I dislike most (and probably something others might like) is the size of this cookbook. Cook's Companion is a convenient 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches--comparable to a small textbook. This book is 9 x 12 inches--the size of a road atlas. For its smaller size, Cook's Companion offers so much more--over 500 recipes and over 1,500 visually attractive photographs in a 500 page book. The Meditteranean cookbook has only 150 recipes and photographs take up entire pages in this 250 page book. To me it is more like a coffee table book full of eye-appeal. Its awkward size just takes up too much space in the cookbook collection or kitchen counter.Read more ›
The book is full of scenic Mediterranean pictures and pictures of the food as per recipe. And this is all done in an overall good balance, with respect to the actual recipes.
A hard-core recipe book, it is not. But for someone new to this type of cooking, it is a great primer, that also gives you a little peak into this part of the world.
Every recipe in this book is delicious and relatively easy to make. For example, the Spanish tortilla (egg and potato omelet) is phenomenal and very simple to make (except for the flipping). However, nothing in this book is low fat, low calorie, low carb, or low anything else. Not to say it's not healthy (as in balanced), but very few of these recipes would be allowed on just about any diet program.
If you like to cook Italian / Spanish / Greek food or know someone who does, then get this book.
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We have our own copy, this one was given to a friend who had loved it when she saw it on our shelf.Published 13 months ago by Alex G. Mendoza
we tried many recipes from this book and they were all great winners.Published 15 months ago by eyeinzsky75