Bountiful Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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"My favorite cookbook of the year...Not only is it beautiful enough to be a coffee table book, it's is also jam packed with the most brilliant, original, simple recipes that you will make you want to get into the kitchen immediately." --Daily Meal, UK
About the Author
Todd Porter and Diane Cu started the blog White on Rice Couple in 2008 and it has grown rapidly with a readership of over 400K a month. They currently command a twitter following of 12,500 and have been featured on CBS Cooking Channel Foodography Show. They have also been covered on Gourmet.com, New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Nominated by Saveur for best food photography in 2010, nominated for best photography weblog in the 2011 Bloggie. 2012.
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I've been cooking from Bountiful for the last few weeks and the food is delightful. The dishes are easy to prepare, unfussy and full of flavor. The roasted pluots are a great example -- roast them in the oven with a little brown sugar and balsamic vinegar and out come the naturally sweet flavors of late-in-the-season pluots. The thyme that's added to the pan infuses the pluots with an earthy essence that adds dimension. Deceptively simple to make, but complex in flavor.
One of our favorites is the elegant to look at, but easy-to-make Fig and Gorgonzola Pillows. My family loved the combination of savory cooked onions, salty prosciutto, luscious sweet figs and pungent gorgonzola, which sit on top of a buttery, puff pastry base. While Todd and Diane include a puff pastry recipe in the book, store-bought high-quality puff pastry works very well. The pastries are impressive to look at, and the flavors work together beautifully.
We also really enjoyed the Spinach and Bacon Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette. I made it last weekend as a side salad, but with that special dressing (it includes a tiny bit of soy sauce that really adds depth), I expect it be in rotation throughout the year. I'll add grilled chicken or salmon to make it a main rather than a side salad, too.
One sweet recipe on my short list is great example of refreshing a classic. Who doesn't love lemon bars? In Todd and Diane's case, they swapped blood oranges for lemons -- the color of the curd is beautiful -- and they replaced the traditional crust with a brown butter version. I'm keeping an eye on my favorite citrus farmer at the farmers market. As soon as he's got blood oranges to sell, I'm baking these bars.
Whether you have a garden, frequent your local farmers market, or shop at the grocery store, you'll find dishes you love and inspiration in Bountiful.
The book is divided into sections based of vegetable/fruit type such as Herbs & Leafy Greens, Roots & Bulbs, and Stone Fruits. It makes it an easy book to navigate for whatever the season is. For me, I love this sort of compendium that rings of Nigel Slater's most recent work. Clear, concise, and in no way fussy. In addition, recipes aren't abstract or filled with hard to find ingredients. Recipes work, are clear, and affordable (especially if you're an avid gardener). The recipes find inspiration from Southern California, Western ranches, Vietnam and more to create a unique collection of stories. For those who need pictures, the book is packed with them; all striking and evocative.
All and all, a winning cookbook and a must have.
I appreciate the nod to Asia in use of the ingredients in the recipe too. It gives the recipes a nice tweak on the more typical ways of sauteing, roasting, and dressing salads, etc.
I have been using the book for only a few weeks now. I only wish it came out earlier in the year when we had the heirloom tomatoes and corn available!
It is tempting to leave it at that. This book is luscious in all respects. Todd Porter and Diane Cu exhibit care and thoughtfulness in the photography, the recipes and the writing. Although not oversized it can be described as a coffee table book with useful recipes. From condiments to cookies to cocktails, from wonderfully simple - Sauteed Celery and Shrimp - to the unexpected - Sweet Potato and Chocolate Squares the recipes are fresh and realistic.
They introduce themselves and tell some about their journey to becoming White on Rice Couple and making this cookbook . That sets the mood of the book which has a very pleasant unity. They realize not everyone has the room to grow lots of fruits and vegetables. They began with some potted plants on a balcony so urge you to at least grow some herbs and find a source of good fresh vegetables. It is hard to imagine that looking at the food in this book wouldn't be enough to make you want to head to the nearest farmers market. The only downside is that the book is so gorgeous I don't want to take it into my kitchen.