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T he almond, nature's most versatile and healthful nut, has been celebrated by civilizations since antiquity. Almonds have appeared in both ancient and modern cuisines, art, literature, poetry, and sacred texts for thousands of years, both as food and as symbols of fertility, honor, beauty and love. Today, health and nutrition experts laud the many benefits of almonds, which have been elevated to the status of a "superfood."

In Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, authors Barbara Bryant and Betsy Fentress detail the intriguing history of the almond, from its origins in Asia and Mesopotamia to its cultivation in Egypt, Italy, and eventually California, while food writer Lynda Balslev offers over 60 recipes featuring the cuisines of China, India, Lebanon, France, Italy, Mexico, the United States, and more. And celebrated food writers and chefs share ethnic customs and traditions and how they use almonds in their own kitchens.

You'll find almonds here in every form: green, blanched, ground, roasted, slivered, and sliced. This cookbook brings the world to your table with classic almond recipes as well as almondinspired variations on beloved dishes. The recipes range from starters and snacks, such as Burnt Sugar Almonds and Almond Chai with Dates and Honey, to salads and vegetable sides like Asian Citrus and Almond Slaw and Almond and Saffron Rice Pilaf, to heartier entrEes including Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork with Red Mole. Almonds add depth and body to classic sauces such as pesto, tapenade, and romesco, and the delicate yet aromatic flavor of almonds is put to perhaps its ultimate use in glorious desserts like Chocolate Amaretto Torte and Almond Granita with Raspberries.

Filled with over 125 color photographs and art reproductions from the world's most famous museums, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture is a beautiful book that combines an illustrated history with a fabulous collection of global recipes .

Barbara Bryant is president of Watermark, Ltd. and the coauthor of The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook. She currently serves as a trustee of the Trinity Forum and is a board member of the African Health and Hospital Foundation. The mother of three children, her hobbies include gardening, cooking, painting, art, and antiques. She lives in St. Louis and Palm Beach.

Betsy Fentress is a writer and editor. She is the coauthor of The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Betsy lives in St. Louis with her husband, Sam, and family. She is an avid bread baker. Lynda Balslev is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, and has worked in Europe and the United States as a caterer, cooking instructor, and as food editor of the Danish magazine Sphere. A regular contributor to NPR's Kitchen Window, she is the author of the blog TasteFood, and her work has appeared in many publications, including Gourmet Live, the New York Times Diners Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Robert Holmes is widely acknowledged as one of the world's finest travel and food photographers. His photographs have appeared in virtually every major travel magazine. His more than thirty books include the Heirloom Tomato Cookbook, Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta, A Passion for Pinot, Sharing the Vineyard Table, and The Walnut Cookbook.

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"Barbara Bryant shares her knowledge and passion for almonds in such a contagious way through these mouthwatering recipes and informative essays, all inspired by cultures around the world. This book does a wonderful job of connecting us to the land and the people responsible for this amazing cornerstone of healthy eating." --Michael Anthony, executive chef/partner, Gramercy Tavern

"I have to stop myself from putting almonds in too many dishes on our menus. This book has tempted me to almonds even more. From velvety gazpacho to chocolate-amaretto torte, almonds have the flavor and texture to make you go nuts over an array of dishes." --Stephanie Izard, executive chef/co-owner, Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, James Beard Award winner, and author of Girl in the Kitchen

"Almonds are my daily pleasure at breakfast and one of the most versatile supporting ingredients to a sweet or savory preparation. This book is very comprehensive and the recipes are simple and creative and show that the almond is the star!" --Daniel Boulud, chef/restaurateur

"Almonds are an ancient food. They are not only delicious, they are extremely versatile, and are a clever food full of nutrients. I embrace and love them, as the authors of this book clearly do." --Ursula Ferrigno, chef, teacher, and author of The New Family Bread Book

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HASH(0x88b5cc24) out of 5 stars Not just a cookbook!!! 19 Feb. 2014
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This book is absolutely amazing. Being a history buff, I love how the authors incorporated the culture and history of the almond. The illustrations and photography are gorgeous and I can't wait to try the recipes. I have never bought a cookbook where I wanted to try all the recipes until this one.
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HASH(0x88a993e4) out of 5 stars Sweet and savory... 3 Feb. 2014
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I received this as a gift and can't wait to try at least one recipe in every category. For a vegetarian-leaning cook like myself, this is a great addition to my culinary library . Very well-rounded group of recipes.
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HASH(0x88cd2e7c) out of 5 stars A wonderful cookbook! 3 April 2014
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I am a recovering cookbook addict, and rarely buy a new cookbook these days. However, I could not resist a cookbook with recipes from one of my favorite food bloggers, Lynda (Taste Food). I wrote a detailed review of this beautiful cookbook, and if anyone is interested, here is the link [...]
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HASH(0x889f5294) out of 5 stars Great read! 2 Feb. 2014
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A great book for any food enthusiast. A very readable history of almonds and their cultivation along with great recipes that are clearly written and easy to follow.
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HASH(0x889b1528) out of 5 stars All the best of almonds 28 May 2014
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A fascinating history follow by innovative, multicultural recipes that feature almonds. As an almond grower, Barbara Bryant has done a wonderful job on this book.
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