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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories revisited, with the title precisely summing up the contents......, 28 Mar 2011
This review is from: A Slice of Cherry Pie (Hardcover)
...'A Slice of Cherry Pie: A book of seasonal recipes and writings..... food, friends, life...'

From the back cover:-

'A Slice of Cherry Pie' is the first book of recipes from one of the country's finest food bloggers, Julia Parsons.
Beautifully composed evocations of places and people layer an assured collection of seasonally tuned recipes: a mix of modern rustic dishes inspired and inflected by a love of eating and sharing.
Sumptuous food photography from Cristian Barnett, set amongst a montage of snapshots and diary notes, provides a perfectly balanced visual echo to an assured and passionate voice.
Julia Parsons is one of the UK's most recognised and critically acclaimed food bloggers. She is the founder of the UK Food Blogger's Association. Her blog has featured in many newspapers and periodicals, including the Guardian and Delicious magazine. The Times listed A Slice of Cherry Pie as one of the world's best food blogs and one of the Top Ten blogs for the home cook.'

Measuring in around 18.5 cm x 23.5 cm, the durable hardboard covers open up to 207 pages in a matt finish.
Inside the photography kicks off with the enticing final slice of cherry pie on a plate, also shown as one of the snapshots on the cover, along with a touching endearment.
Sandwiched between an introduction and sections entitled:

* Some things about me
* A note for American readers (conversion tables)

the credits & acknowledgements plus 5-page index (alphabetic by ingredient), the book is split over main chapters:-

1. Cherry blossom (pages 11-29
2. Sunshine and lemons (pages 30-47)
3. Poppy fields (pages 48-73)
4. Pebbles and ice cream (pages 74-93)
5. Linen and tea roses (pages 94-117)
6. Rain on glass (pages 118-143)
7. Wood on smoke and roasts (pages 144-169)
8. Snow flurries (pages 170-199)

Each chapter opens with an appropriate double-page seasonal picture spread along with a short narrative, which helps outline the reason for the title - generally nostalgic and written with passion.
The opening chapter, 'Cherry blossom', is a wonderfully descriptive piece about the leaving behind of the long, cold winter and the new signs of life around....up to the asparagus season...

...'Like food lovers all over the country I can't get enough of these glorious spears and I overindulge until the sad day when they disappear, not to be seen again until another year has gone by.'

But all good things must come to an end.......and it was with a similar temporary sadness that I realised I had reached the last page of this delightful book.

However.....back to the start and I can't wait to try Julia's simple but alluring 'Asparagus, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad', on pages 14 & 15. Having already tried and tasted the most wonderful 'Duck Egg Chocolate Cake' - although hinted at as an Easter treat (I couldn't wait that long!) - it was a suitable finish for the most delicious and tender 'Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine' dish, from page 100 - my very first recipe choice.

Each recipe is laid out with the title, an opening note, the number of servings, the list/s of ingredients and the method.
Good recipe books are more than just about making food and this one is packed full of useful notes and tips along with that aforementioned photography, which includes a good peppering of the finished dishes.
Reproduced excerpts, snippets and blog entries all add that extra special touch which reminds the reader that this book is a little different to the rest - more individual: less manufactured.

'I have fond memories of autumn from my childhood. My sister and I would take the long walk to school each morning with Mum, passing through a small stretch of woodland on the way where we would gather fallen leaves for art work and sweet mahogany chestnuts in their prickly shells to take home and roast.....
These are the memories I take with me into the kitchen in the autumn months.....
They are the memories that make me smile and seem to somehow infuse my cooking with a little of the magic of times gone by.'

A small taste of the other recipes within:

* Spring Vegetable Soup
* Duck Egg and Chive Omelette
* Rhubarb Crumble
* Roast Beef Salad
* Home-made Lemonade
* Chorizo and Tomato Tart
* Beef Burgers
* The Parsons Family Coleslaw
* Baked Sea Bass with Spinach and Sautéed Potatoes
* Filo Crab Parcels
* Vanilla Ice Cream
* Marinated Black Olives
* Cheesy Straws
* Pear, Fig and Stichelton Salad
* Roasted Potato Wedges
* Chicken In Lemon and White Wine
* Individual Blueberry Cheesecakes
* Sausage and Sweet Potato Mash
* Tomato and Pasta Soup with Soured Cream
* Eggy Bread
* Pot Roast Pheasants with Chestnuts and Mushrooms
* Halloween Biscuits
* Baked Pumpkins
* Toffee Apples
* Fairy Cakes
* Full English Breakfast
* Roast Dinner + Trimmings
* Slow Roasted Belly of Pork
* Spaghetti Bolognese
* Toad in the Hole
* Shepherd's Pie
* Honey & Banana Pancakes
* Sausage and Lentil Casserole
* Oxtail Broth
* Beef and Ale Stew with Dumplings
* Christmas Cookies
* Chestnut and Smoky Bacon Soup
* Christmas Pavlova

....not forgetting the title recipe - 'Cherry Pie', on pages 44 & 45!

'.....we created a cookbook...and found the end of one of those rainbows I dreamed about when I was a little girl.'

Sincere thanks for sharing it.
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