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From Season to Season: A Year in Recipes Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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Praise for Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights:
'What a joy' Jamie Oliver
'A treasure trove of delightful anecdotes and rather naughty desserts' Nigel Slater
'Original and beautifully written cookery book…revealing a compassionate common sense about food that celebrates both the joy of eating and of life!'
'Beautifully shot and well written…a thoughtful book by an enthusiastic food fan'
Observer Food Monthly
'utterly delicious…it's the little touches that make this cookbook stand out'
'combines a love of food with a love of life…a perfect celebration of how we are what we eat'
'You'll find Miss Dahl and her stories an unbridled delight' **** London Lite
'Sophie proves that healthy meals can still be deliciously indulgent'
'Simple food, heartfelt reminisces and a good read rolled into one'
About the Author
Sophie Dahl began her career as a model, but writing was always her first love. In 2003 she wrote an illustrated novella called "The Man With The Dancing Eyes", which was a Times bestselling book. This was followed by a novel, "Playing With The Grownups", published to widespread praise by Bloomsbury in 2007. Dahl is a contributing editor at British Vogue and is a regular contributor to US Vogue and to Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine. She has also written for, amongst others, The Observer, The Guardian, and The Saturday Times Magazine.
A devoted eater and cook, she wrote a book which chronicled her misadventures with food, "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights", published by Harper Collins in 2009, which was her second Times bestseller. Following on the success of Voluptuous Delights, Dahl wrote and presented a popular BBC2 six part cooking series, "The Delicious Miss Dahl" which was sold to numerous countries all over the world. Dahl lives in England where she continues to work on her journalism, fiction and baking.
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I love cookery books that are great just to read as well as functionally great to create tasty home-cooked meals from. This is such a book, it's beautifully presented with wonderful photography from Jan Baldwin. Even the pages are made from a lovely thick paper which is apparently sustainably sourced and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council - it feels good quality anyway!
The book is themed on the seasons and start with Autumn which is then split into breakfasts, lunches and suppers. The rest of the seasons follow in order and are also split into the same three categories. There is a final section dedicated to puddings too. At the start of each season there is some preamble from Sophie which gives some insight into her life as well as linking how much food and the enjoyment of good food is integrated into her lifestyle. Many of the recipes also include some snippet of why she's included it in the book. It's just such a nice book to read.
Although I'm a meat eater, I live with a non-meat eater and both of Sophie's book are great for us because they offer a wide range of recipes - there is a good mix of non-meat, meat and seafood options here so foodie veggies and pescatarians (veggies who also eat fish/seafood) will have plenty to enjoy.
Highly recommended to those who enjoy the whole experience of choosing what to cook, cooking it and then eating it!
So on to Miss Dahl's (or should I say Mrs Cullum's) latest publication. I really wanted to hate this book - I mean come on, a stunning ex model who now thinks she can cook her way into our hearts and all because she is of famous descent, not to mention more than a little photogenic. And don't even get me started on the 'I want it' house she lives in, in the 'I can't afford it' part of London - arghhh (and yes I know it wasn't her actual kitchen/house/garden that was used for the filming of MD'sVD but I am quite sure her real house is even nicer)! But before you pass this book up in favour of one of the many new books conveniently published at this time of year, please hear me out.
Season to Season is actually a really interesting book, captivating and beautiful with its sumptuously printed thick paper and stunning photography. A lovely surprise.
As you would imagine it is split into seasons, which I don't normally like, however I can forgive it, because of the very many, simple but different and look like they are going to work recipes. Ones that are currently calling me include:
Baked pumpkin with lemon, sauteed greens and toasted cumin dressing
Soba noodle salad with rainbow vegetables and sesame dressing
Salmon steaks with a wasabi coating
Chickpea and mushroom burgers with a tahini sauce
Aloo gobi with homemade dosa (though possibly not for breakfast as suggested)
Watercress and gruyere souffle
Winter curry with saffron cinnamon rice
Pollack with indian spices and a yoghurt lime dressing
Earl grey and lavender ice cream
Armagnac apricot pannacotta
I am even contemplating trying the 'warming winter take on miso soup' even though I don't usually like tofu, just because it looks really tempting and easy to make. The same can be said of most of the recipes in the book, so hooray for that. As a book that emphasises the seasonal, it really does fulfil it's promise, in that it is jam packed full of healthy fruit, veg, seeds, pulses and grains with very limited use of refined sugars and flours. This is definitely a good thing. This book also has less waffle than her first book. A bit of recipicular pre-amble I like, but not so much that you get bored before you,ve got to the ingredients list. No getting bored here, just enough wordage for interest and amusement, and all beautifully written (maybe the Dahl connection is a good thing after all). I only bought this book because it was going cheap at my local supermarket, and at less money than a bottle of vino, why not give it a chance. I am so glad I did, so much so that I would happily pay full price for this stunning book. But thanks to Amazon you won't need to; buy it right now, sit back, read, get hungry, cook then eat. You won't be disappointed.
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The illustrations and anecdotes are lovely really. Sophie shares some of her grandparents tips and secrets for cooking.