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The Spice is Right
on 18 June 2011
If you like your food or even your drinks spiced up then this book is definitely for you!
This cookbook is divided into thirteen different sections - Chicken; Meat; Fish & Shellfish; Eggs; Beans, Rice & Pasta; Levi's Roots; Vegetables & Salad Leaves; Sugar, Honey & Chocolate; Nuts & Coconuts; Limes, Oranges & Other Citrus Fruits; Mangos, Pineapples & Bananas; Coffee & Tea and Rum. It also has an excellent introduction written of course by Levi Roots, a very useful spice glossary, plus the index and acknowledgements.
I gave this book to my Mum to look at as she loves cooking and hasn't ever seen any of Levi Roots books before. We both eat quite a lot of spicy food - curries, lentils (dahl) and various homemade chutneys, so this book is ideal for us. Just flicking through the recipes made our mouths water and it had us planning right away what we'd like to eat!
First we tried the 'Roti Wraps with Chilli Chickpeas' recipe (mentioned in the introduction) on page 72. This came out really well - it was absolutely gorgeous and we will be eating this again soon. It is very quick and easy to make and the ingredients are cheap so it doesn't cost much.
Next we tried out the 'Love-Apple Chutney' recipe which is actually made using tomatoes and peppers amongst other ingredients. It has a nice kick to it and goes with lots of different things including crackers and cheese, lentils, curries etc.
There are quite a few other recipes we are interested in too.
This book is beautifully presented. I love the way Levi Roots has taken the time to add a little section before each recipe and the style in which he writes. I found some of his descriptions quite amusing. The various pictures are lovely too. It's a book we will always treasure!