Full of Flavour Hardcover – Illustrated, 13 Oct 2011
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** Winner of UK Gourmand Book Award 2011 for best UK female chef **
'Taking inspiration from around the world, Maria Elia teaches you about flavours and textures and reveals how to adapt recipes to suit different tastes and seasons.' Sainsbury's Magazine
'Maria Elia's Full of Flavour is thrilling the chef at Joe's, in London's South Kensington, has a keen eye for experimental ideas and teaches us, through the pages, how to think like a chef. There are even blank pages at the back for your own experiments.' -- The Independent
Features 18 of the author's favourite ingredients, each of which she takes on a 'flavour journey'. Whether it's lamb, aubergines or lemons, this title provides an insight into how she comes up with her bold flavour combinations and then encourages you to experiment with the recipes and make them your own.See all Product description
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A few things to note:
- the book is beautifully produced, with a great cover that allows the book to stay flat while using it;
- this might not be one for a truly beginning cooks, as it does assume that you know how to treat some of the ingredients. That said, it's entire basis is to make you think about combinations and substitutions, and making the dish one's own, so is hugely instructional and adaptable;
- but there are a few odd, less accessible ingredients that reviewers will inevitably moan about;
- and there are typos in the first addition... more than one or two. These will get sorted, so you might want to ignore overly critical reviews.
I don't generally review things -- and my cookbook collection is massive -- but I genuinely hope lots of people find this book and get some enjoyment from it!
The layout is really easy to follow, and I really love the idea of the brainstorming diagrams, which are used at the start of each section. I am by no means a novice in the kitchen, but there were still some really good ideas to take away from this book, and I liked how a lot of the recipes are actually very healthy as well as flavourful. I'm very glad to have found another cookbook that encourages experimentation with flavours from herbs and spices rather than the 'add a giant handful of salt and fat' mentality that a lot of books seem to have.
One I have already made, and loved, is hte lamb meatballs, although I used one of the variations suggested rather than the main recipe. That is another thing to cherish about this book - variations are offered, and the recipes are numbered so you can note down your own variations and experiments on the blank note pages in the back of the book more easily.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to experiment a bit more with flavour. This, along with Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People have really opened my eyes even more to the exciting flavour combinations you can create with a few well-chosen herbs and spices. Love it!