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A sunny feast from Mediterranean lands,
This review is from: Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes (Hardcover)
I bought this book because I saw the series on TV and greatly enjoyed seeing the beautiful landscapes and learning about local ingredients and dishes. For anyone who loves Mediterranean food with its varied influences and would like to be able to recreate typical dishes at home, this book is a very accessible resource.
The photography is bright and clear and linked to the recipes which are divided into sections according to the type of dish and main ingredients used so there are sections on cheeses, antipasti, pasta and rice, rabbit and game, fish, fruits, herbs and salads. The text is informative and gives details about the provenance of the dishes and the cultural influences on Mediterranean food.
The instructions are clear and concise and the majority of recipes are well within the capabilities of most home cooks. More experienced cooks will enjoy trying out the more adventurous dishes such as wild boar stew. I was delighted to find a recipe for pastitsio, a dish I have enjoyed many times in Greece. Some of the ingredients are hard to find in the UK, but the appendix gives details of suppliers as well as suggesting suitable substitute ingredients. Many of the recipes are suitable for vegetarians or can be easily adapted for vegetarians.
On television Rick Stein can come across as a bit full of himself, but his book is visually attractive and informative. It would make a great gift for anyone interested in food and cookery.