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Plenty Hardcover – October 18, 2010
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To address this problem she emphasizes cooking seasonally and celebrating leftovers, using sustainable fish as well as using economical but delicious cuts of meat. On occasions she allays the fears of the timid cook, often frightened by a long list of ingredients, by pointing out the cooking techniques are not complex. Interesting substitutions, such as the use of breadcrumbs for grated parmesan even consider our health!
I cannot comment on every dish in the book because I am apt to dip into cookbooks for dishes that sound interesting, but the cassoulet, for example, although taking longer to cook than the recipe specified was delicious.
The chapters deal with the roast and using leftovers (including variations); vegetables; dried foods (such as lentils, beans and chickpeas); grains (such as rice, quinoa,couscous and barley); fish (including shellfish); cheaper cuts of meat (including lamb shoulder and breast, pork cheeks and shoulder, braising beef, skirt steak and oxtail); soups; the use of wild foods; and desserts using fruits. Thus it may appear to be like someone turning the clock back to an age in which wastefulness was frowned upon and people learned to make the most of what was available. This book, however, does not turn the clock back to bland dishes. Rather, consideration is given to taste and the use of cooking techniques from many parts of the world. All in all very much a cookbook for our present day and one to which people starting to cook as well as more experienced cooks should give serious consideration.
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Diana Henry's books are wonderful—gorgeously written and photographed, and the recipes are so good. I've loved each of her books so far.Published 9 months ago by cicada
I love it. This book is fabulous. Diana Henry is a wonderful writer, the photos are gorgeous and the recipes inspirational. Well done! Buy this book!Published 14 months ago by D. Bray
Would recommend this product. Quick Shipment. Good value. Has been used a couple of times for 'company dinners' and has good information.Published on September 13, 2013 by GravelGertie