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Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul [Hardcover]

Diana Henry
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7 Nov 2011
The author has spent 5 years travelling and eating in search of the tastiest dishes from the snowiest climes, resulting in an irresistible collection of dishes from North America and Northern Europe. This re-issue of a classic and unique collection of recipes celebrates some of the world's most overlooked cuisines by using produce that can be found on our own doorsteps. There are potato and cheese dishes from Italy's skiing slopes, pastries from the coffee houses of Vienna and Budapest, and little appetizers that have been eaten at Russian celebrations since the days of the Tsar. These recipes will bring warmth to your heart as well as your home.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336530
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A new Diana Henry book is an occasion... Henry has perfect pitch when it comes to cooking - her recipes are never less than delicious." The Spectator

If your kitchen doesn't yet include a Diana Henry title - you don't yet know what you're missing. Her first book 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' (first published in 2002) set the tone for the genre. Her passion for food is undeniable and her amazing writing makes even the most exotic of recipes simple to make and understand.

Best known as the food writer for the Sunday Telegraph, Diana Henry has twice been named Cookery Writer of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2007 and 2009. She is the author of six books including the much acclaimed 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' which was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Award for best cookbook. Her other titles include 'Roast Figs, Sugar Snow', 'The Gastropub Cookbook', 'Cook Simple', 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' and 'Food from Plenty' which has been shortlisted for Food book of the Year by the Andre Simon Awards. She is a contributor to many magazines including Red, House and Garden, Sainsbury's Magazine and Waitrose Kitchen.

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"A beguiling pot-pourri of dishes" - BBC Good Food

"Henry manages to convey a contagious sense of passion for food and knowledge of food, while putting together an enticing collection of recipes"

- Time Out

"a glorious exploration of exotic dishes and ingredients"

- House and Garden

Book Description

From the author of the Glenfiddich-shortlisted Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons; ('Best Food Book') and the hugely successful The Gastropub Cookbook, and a regular food column for the Sunday Telegraph; Northern European food has attracted considerable attention in the food media in recent months, making this a very topical cookbook; Photography by Jason Lowe, whose work for the author's book Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich award ('Best Food Photography').

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
of wintry recipes which celebrate some of the world's most overlooked cuisines by using produce that can be found on our own doorsteps'.

Although winter cooking seems so far from these BBQ days of mid-Summer, at the time of writing, Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul, to give this super book its full title......really does make one look towards the winter with real log-fire warmth!

The result of five years of travel and research, Ms Henry compiled this book of recipes from colder climates, being originally inspired by childhood memories of 'sugar snow', a 'magic food' from inside a tree that could turn into sweets!

From the author of Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, who isn't intrigued to read this equally lovely book of 192 high quality pages, split over 12 chapters, interspersed with Jason Lowe's stunning photography and snatches of wintry poetry?

A little taste of the recipes contained within:-

Beef Pie with Wild Mushrooms & Claret
Pumpkin Tarts with Spinach & Gorgonzola
Alsation Tarte Flambée
Vermont Baked Beans
Celeriac and Potato Mash with Stilton & Grilled Spring Onions
Pecan & Pear Upside-down Cake
Russian Curd Cheese Pancakes
Stuffed Quail with Marmalade & Whisky
Peasant Girls in a Mist
Roast Beetroot Salad
Roast Squash
Seared Scallops
Russian Smoked Fish Pie
Stuffed Quail
Steamed Apple & Marmalade Pudding
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very festive and Wintry 3 Dec 2011
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a beautiful book. The production standard is high. The pictures are beautiful. The layout is great. It is a delightful thing. The premise of the book is to offer the cook a good selection of hearty, winter recipes from all over the world. There is everything you could want to make your winter,and particularly your festive season, go with a very unusual bang. If you like wintery dishes and you want something new I heartily recommend it. The recipes are easy to follow and the instructions are clear.

The layout is not very intuitive in terms of how the recipes are arranged, and I found myself hunting about for things a few times, but as the book is not enormous this is not too much of a problem and the index is very straightforward, unlike say Nigella Lawson's latest books, which have two indexes just to make it doubly hard to find things.

The book is not for the novice cook, not because it is particularly difficult to follow, although some of the recipes have lots of steps to them and involve a fair amount of marinading and/or waiting around, but none of the recipes are 'safe' or old favourites. It would work wonderfully for an established cook who is looking for something fresh to do.

My one criticism is that quite a few of the recipes call for meat in fairly substantial quantities, and because it is a winter cook book there is a fair amount of game and meats which are not cheap. I made the roast duck breasts which were marinaded in honey with figs and roasted chestnuts and by the time I had made it for my family the dish cost about £25. Great for a treat, but not for every day use. Having said that there are recipes which involve less exalted ingredients and simpler things to try if you want.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful 31 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
This cookbook didn't seem to get the recognition it deserved. As Diana Henry isn't of the "celebrity chef" culture, it's no wonder why. A shame, as it's one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever seen and one of my personal treasures. In her wonderful recipes and photos she captures New England, and especially the Vermont of my childhood, perfectly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous recipes, lovely photos 2 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This really is a lovely book. I am a recipe/lifestyle book junky and this is lovely to look at, read and use. If you are a beginner don't bother, but if you love recipes you will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter comforts 21 Jan 2010
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
For her other two books Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons and Cook Simple (hardback)/Pure Simple Cooking (paperback) Diana Henry took us on a tour of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. For this book she takes us to Northern Europe and North America for "food to warm the soul" when all around is cold and wintry.

Like her other books Ms Henry has gathered recipes which belie their simplicity and ease of preparation in their fabulous combinations of flavours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for cooking inspirational meals.
This book is full of unusual recipes, to impress your friends.It covers traditional recipes from Rural Europe and Amarica. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lord Bromsash
5.0 out of 5 stars More fantastic food writing from Diana Henry
I have her book Plenty and love her style. Recipes are interesting and easy to follow. Along with Tessa Kiros one of my favourite cookery writers
Published 10 months ago by S Garton
4.0 out of 5 stars Warming comfort food
Good warming comfort food, melting oozing cheese. Sweet scrumptious deserts . Definately soul warming food, I will not go into huge details as the other critics have also described... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Mrs. T. SALMON
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight for the senses
This is the second cook book by Diana Henry. Her first being 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons', which is worth a look. Her recipes are a delight for the senses. Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by E. E. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem
Oh to describe a cookbook as hearty can only be a good thing!
Drawing inspiration from Europe, Russia and Canada it is a strange combination but it absolutely works here and... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by James Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars simply devine
i am a collector of cookbooks so love the chance to curl up a read a new one, this one did not dissapoint me. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by E. Ramshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort for the stomach & the soul
This is a beautifully presented cookery book. The lay-out, stunning photographs, writing & the recipes make it something special. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by Mr. K. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginitive and different winter food
The author Diana Henry is highly regarded by her peers and was awarded the Cookery Writer of the Year Award by the Guild of Food Writers in 2009. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Robert O. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars For winter comforts
"Winter food to warm the soul" is the tagline of Diana Henry's Roast Figs and Sugar Snow and its influences span Alsace, Georgia, New England, Russia, Quebec, anywhere in fact... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by SL Trivuncic
5.0 out of 5 stars Figs, figs and more!
This book was obtained at the end of the growing season when we discovered that we had a surplus of unripe fruits in our garden. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Mr. B. W. Haynes
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