on 7 November 2007
Wonderful vegetarian cooking, where the vegetable is the star. Not just another mixed veg plus sauce cookbook, these are more like restaurant fare, and more suitable for dinner parties than dinner for the kids at six. One word of warning: don't buy with Paradiso: Seasons. This is just Seasons excerpted.
on 15 April 2008
Here is a chef who is unbelievably original and inventive with his food. Being a veggie for 15 years means I am tired of staples such as pasta with tomato sauce and spinach lasagne. Denis Cotter makes veggie cooking glamorous and exquisite with new combinations or completely new, original ingredients. The Spring and Summer Cooking section of Paradiso Seasons (yes, it is the same book but released in 2 volumes) bursts with asparagus, broad beans, courgettes, halloumi, rocket, tomatoes...readily available and always delicious ingredients, meaning you have no excuse not to make wonderfully original veggie meals to wow your guests with or just to treat yourself. No excuses either if you don't have a specialty delicatessen near you - most Sainsburys will stock everything you need. One exception might be the cheese - Denis does tend to use Irish cheeses which I have not seen anywhere in England (not even in the cheese shop down the road) but he always gives a suggestion for a more common cheese substitute. Everything I have tried from this book has been delicious and well worth the effort (yes, it is one of those books that do require a fair bit of time in the kitchen)... I just love the different ways Denis combines common ingredients to give you original and unexpected flavours.
on 6 February 2013
Found the Cafe Paradiso Cookbook, was really impressed and purchased Paradiso Seasons, A Paradiso Year: Autumn and Winter Cooking and A Paradiso Year: Spring and Summer Cooking. I was really disappointed to discover the two Paradiso Year books made up Paradiso Seasons. i would highly recommend you buy Paradiso Seasons and save yourself some money. If you do buy this however there are some fantastic recipes. Lovely photos and easy to follow text, the only problem will be what to cook first.