BOOK MAY CONTAIN NUTS BY FLORENCE J SANDEMAN
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Book May Contain Nuts is, as the title suggests, a book
all about nuts, and their use in cooking.
have to say that I have always avoided cooking with
nuts and I certainly will not eat anything with nuts
in! Do you remember those huge slices of gateau back
in the 60s which were so full of cream it just went
everywhere when you cut into it - they were ruined by
having nuts all over the outside! So what, you might
ask, am I doing with a book about nuts?
I have reached that age in life where I have started
to question some of my ingrained prejudices. I love
eating pistachios and filberts, and there is nothing
better than a freshly picked walnut with its skin removed.
I eat Pesto which is made with pine nuts and I have
even recently spread some peanut butter on a slice of
bread. What a surprise that was - I have always hated
peanut butter and whatever anyone told me I knew better!
Fortunately I tried it in the secret of my own home
so no-one was there to witness the collapse of one of
my long held prejudices against nuts.
this led me to think that it was time I grew up and
looked at nuts in a more enquiring way, to find out
what they could add to my cooking and enjoyment of food.
I gave up after a while as I could not find enough information
on nuts . . . until now!
Sandeman who has been cooking for over thirty-five years
and currently owns and runs the Recipes4Us website (www.recipes4us.co.uk)
has taken the bull by the . . . nuts and written a recipe
book all about cooking with nuts.
what, as a nut hater, did I make of the book?
book is paperback and is beautifully illustrated with
photographs of many of the dishes featured and is well
laid out making it easy to read and follow recipes.
been entertained by the author's introduction to nuts
the book then moves on to explain what is a nut - a
peanut is not a nut! - followed by a guide to buying
and storing nuts and their preparation. There is a section
which provides information on the ten main varieties
of nuts which informs the reader about their origin,
nutritional values and culinary uses.
feature of the book which I found particularly helpful
is the index or should I say the indexes - there are
two indexes. One lists Recipes by Nut and the other
Recipes by Course making it easy to find either a favourite
recipe or a recipe using one's favourite nut.
finally the recipes. I have to say I was quite shocked
as to the recipes Florence has come up with. Having
always thought of nuts as being rather bland and strictly
for vegetarians I found the sheer variety, style and
presentation truly amazing - Creamy Pistachio Soup,
Oriental Squid and Mango Salad, Honey Baked Squash,
Macadamia Ice Cream to name just four of the eighty
recipes, all of which are equally appealing.
is most definitely a recipe book with a difference.
New and exciting recipes rather than the same old recipes
you see trotted out in recipe book after recipe book
with just the odd variation to make them technically
book that should certainly be included in your recipe
book library and one that I believe in the future will
become a valued collectors item.
class recipe book, produced with style and flair.
Would make a great present for that friend or family
member who is a keen cook.
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