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Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul Hardcover – 7 Nov 2011
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"A beguiling pot-pourri of dishes" - BBC Good Food
"Henry manages to convey a contagious sense of passion for food and knowledge of food, while putting together an enticing collection of recipes"
- Time Out
"a glorious exploration of exotic dishes and ingredients"
- House and Garden
From the author of the Glenfiddich-shortlisted Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons; ('Best Food Book') and the hugely successful The Gastropub Cookbook, and a regular food column for the Sunday Telegraph; Northern European food has attracted considerable attention in the food media in recent months, making this a very topical cookbook; Photography by Jason Lowe, whose work for the author's book Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich award ('Best Food Photography').See all Product description
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The layout is not very intuitive in terms of how the recipes are arranged, and I found myself hunting about for things a few times, but as the book is not enormous this is not too much of a problem and the index is very straightforward, unlike say Nigella Lawson's latest books, which have two indexes just to make it doubly hard to find things.
The book is not for the novice cook, not because it is particularly difficult to follow, although some of the recipes have lots of steps to them and involve a fair amount of marinading and/or waiting around, but none of the recipes are 'safe' or old favourites. It would work wonderfully for an established cook who is looking for something fresh to do.
My one criticism is that quite a few of the recipes call for meat in fairly substantial quantities, and because it is a winter cook book there is a fair amount of game and meats which are not cheap. I made the roast duck breasts which were marinaded in honey with figs and roasted chestnuts and by the time I had made it for my family the dish cost about £25. Great for a treat, but not for every day use. Having said that there are recipes which involve less exalted ingredients and simpler things to try if you want. My family weren't keen because it turns out they don't particularly like things with cranberries and figs and chestnuts etc in, so it's not going to be a firm family favourite in our house, but if you are drawn to these kinds of flavours, this book will be a wonderful experience for you.
Although winter cooking seems so far from these BBQ days of mid-Summer, at the time of writing, Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul, to give this super book its full title...really does make one look towards the winter with real log-fire warmth.
The result of five years of travel and research, Ms Henry compiled this book of recipes from colder climates, being originally inspired by childhood memories of 'sugar snow', a 'magic food' from inside a tree that could turn into sweets!
From the author of Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, who isn't intrigued to read this equally lovely book of 192 high quality pages, split over 12 chapters, interspersed with Jason Lowe's stunning photography and snatches of wintry poetry?
A little taste of the recipes contained within:
• Beef Pie with Wild Mushrooms & Claret
• Pumpkin Tarts with Spinach & Gorgonzola
• Alsation Tarte Flambée
• Vermont Baked Beans
• Celeriac and Potato Mash with Stilton & Grilled Spring Onions
• Pecan & Pear Upside-down Cake
• Russian Curd Cheese Pancakes
• Stuffed Quail with Marmalade & Whisky
• Peasant Girls in a Mist
• Roast Beetroot Salad
• Roast Squash
• Seared Scallops
• Russian Smoked Fish Pie
• Stuffed Quail
• Steamed Apple & Marmalade Pudding
You'll feel well travelled in a fur hat and boots through ski slopes, pine forests and misty moors by the time you've read it. I intend to work my way through tartiflette of Savoie (Reblochon is one of my favourite ever cheeses), Danish roast pork with pickled prunes and sweet cucumber Russian smoked fish pie with cream cheese pastry.
The sugar snow of the title refers to Native Americans watching for the "sugar moon" before tapping the maple trees for syrup. It's kind of Joanne "Chocolat" Harris' French Kitchen meets Twin Peaks. All that's missing is some damn fine cherry pie. Warning: There is a fluffy ex-bunny hanging upside down on page 68.
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