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Rather inconsistent, but lots to try
on August 22, 2013
I just got this book and have started trying a couple things.
We tried the Risotto Milanese since we also just got some high quality saffron to try - it was bland and flavorless prior to adding saffron, and after adding it - that was all you could really taste. It took a large amount of parmesan to make it have a good taste, or salt, both of which of course jack up the sodium levels.
I've tried a couple of the bread machine recipes too, which have turned out ok. Given it's a low sodium cookbook, don't be surprised when things are lacking flavor. The bread isn't exempt from this, and I find it good enough but the kids are less than thrilled.
I was hoping for a little more incorporation of a variety of spices to counter the missing salt. I'm still exploring the book, but haven't found a lot of that yet.
Inconsistency - the risotto recipe calls for parmesan, but never tells you when to add it. Mix in? Sprinkle on top when done? Who knows.... It isn't just that recipe. The breads, for example, are not consistent with describing how much you are making. Some say a 1, 1 and 1/2, or 2 lb loaf (used for bread machines), and some don't say. They'll say 1 loaf, a large loaf, a loaf of 14 slices - I mean, c'mon, come up with something consistent to describe these. There is nothing to link these together, so you don't necessarily know what to set your bread machine on. So, some guesswork involved.
I'm thinking this book was put together and never proofed thoroughly, or at least no one ever went through and made all the recipes prior to publishing to be sure they made sense.