ARRAY(0xadd1d8e8)
 
Customer Review

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 19 Jan 2012
By 
This review is from: Food From Plenty: Good food made from the plentiful, the seasonal and the leftover. With over 300 recipes, none of them extravagant (Hardcover)
This is a brilliant book - full of wonderful, inspiring recipes with the overriding theme being using plentiful, seasonal produce and using up leftovers. There is also an element of buying good quality ingredients but making them go further using cheaper ingredients like pulses. There is nothing 'worthy' about this - the recipes are interesting, with influences from all over the world.

You will find, for example, a simple roast lamb dish with sherry, thyme and red onions. The onions & sherry are cooked separately so the leftovers can go into a shepherd's pie - here with a middle eastern twist and a spiced parsnip crust. Recipes cover meat, fish, grains, pulses, breads, eggs, a whole chapter full of glorious soups. There is a chapter devoted to wild food - wild garlic, salads of nettles & wild greens, berries (e.g. elderflower & berry jellies), pheasant, rabbit (with mustard & tarragon). Some will think that pheasant is extravagant but I live in a rural area surrounded by shoots so in season I can buy a brace of pheasant for less than the price of the cheapest supermarket chicken.

Interspersed throughout the book are some great vegetarian recipes - Nicoise vegetable stew with rouille; creamy lentils & pumpkin with ginger & cumin; roast squash & spinach lasagne; creamy white vegetable, chestnut & cranberry gratin; korma curry; Vietnamese sweet potato curry; a lovely basil & tomato tart; quinoa with lime, chilli & coriander; Moroccan lentil soup with yoghurt & chilli-fried onions.

Puds include coconut rice pudding with candied lemons (there are variations on the theme - citrus & spice rice pudding, vanilla rice pudding with fruits or rose and cardamom-scented rice pudding); apricot, peach & blackberry crumble; cardamom, honey and orange roast apricots; peach & lavender honey clafoutis; pear & raspberry trifle.

A nice feature is that most recipes come with a selection of alternatives at the end which can be used to reflect seasonal availability. The recipes are also straightforward - no complicated techniques nor any particularly fancy ingredients. Ingredient lists sometimes look long but this is mainly down to seasonings, herbs and spices (a well-stocked herb & spice cupboard would be useful). The variety of recipes should also mean that there is something for everyone.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Marand
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   

Location: Warwickshire

Top Reviewer Ranking: 149