The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook Hardcover – 1 Feb 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The Fairtrade Foundation, who have published this item through Dorling Kindersley, ran a national competition to find simple but tasty recipes using as many fairtrade ingredients as possible; I was one of the lucky winners selected for inclusion. This means that the recipes found here are accesible and not too 'chefy'. There are, however, contributions from the inevitable Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Antony Worrall Thompson, as well as some from faitrade producers themselves and other supporters such as George Alagiah and Sir Steve Redgrave.
This is, as far as I'm aware, the first cookbook on the market soley to focus on fairtrade food. One hopes we are all, by now, aware of the importance of supporting farmers and workers who are paid fairly for their products - this cookbook provides plenty of inspiration of how to do so through day-to-day cooking. And whilst bananas, coffee and chocolate are the ingredients to have had the most publicity as fairtrade items, the book uses a huge variety of the products now available, from dried mango to mace (the book also includes a full list of this ever-increasing range).
I have rated the book as four stars primarily because there is a heavy bias towards sweet over savoury recipes (about 3:1) and there IS a chocolate and banana bias. But overall I recommend it to you as a beautifully produced, well-illustrated book full of 'do-able' recipes that will allow you to create delicious dishes with a clear conscience.
Because the recipes are mainly from "normal" people throughout the country (rather than chefs and cooking experts) they are not complicated and do not rely on odd ingredients that are difficult to come by.
The basis for the book is that we should be using (as far as possible) ingredients from the fairtrade scheme which is an excellent scheme providing growers/farmers light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not the best person to explain the fairtrade system obviously but basically the farmers are ensured a fair price for their produce ensuring that they (an their community) are not living in poverty. The book is a collection of recipes which include one or more fair trade product.
As the previous reviewer mentioned, the recipes lean heavily on bananas... that's not necesarily a bad thing and when you have tasted the Banana Choco Mocha cake you'll be so glad you bought the book!
The book has not only opened my eyes to new recipes but also the amount of fair trade products out there that you perhaps don't notice in the supermarket but will certainly start looking for!
I bought this book as a birthday present to myself and now I'm being forced to buy another since my sister (who's an excellent cook) "borrowed" mine!
My one criticism is that I don't think it is the most well thought out and tested recipe book as I don't find it to be in any order that I can work out and one or two of the recipes just don't work (this could of course be due to my own cooking/following instruction skills).
Notwithstanding the above comment I really do like this book and would recommend it.
All recipies tried so far have been lush!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of lovely Fairtrade recipes. Probably around 70% sweet and 30% savoury recipes from around the world. Well laid out and easy to follow.Published 16 months ago by Ali katte
Very informative about what fair trade is all about. The recipes are brilliant, try the 'takes the biscuit' its easy to make and is delicious.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by Mrs. Elspeth G. Johnson
I would recommend this for anyone!The recipes are simple and lovely. The service was great also, arrived in very good time.Published on 28 Nov. 2012 by Fiona