Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion Cooking is a handy book when you have an excess of produce from the garden! If you still have some pumpkins left, this is a great spring recipe. Very tasty it was too! It’s so easy to Google recipes these days but it is nice to sit and drool over a lovely recipe book which this is. This is the perfect book for using up the excess seasonal produce.
This is a really beautiful book; gorgeous photography, lovely stories to go with the recipes. There are some showstopping recipes, definitely at the fancier end of the scale, but there are some simple ones as well. The great thing about borrowing cookbooks from the library, is that you can see how many recipes you will actually make before you buy it. I made five recipes while I had the book, and want to make many more, so this is one to buy, or borrow again! I made lemon and poppy seed cake, raspberry and rose powder puffs, the take home chocolate cake, pistachio and rose water semolina cake, and apricot and almond cake with cinnamon topping. I don’t eat sugar, so didn’t taste any, but they were enjoyable to bake, and all went down well with those who did eat them!
I have had my sourdough starter for years now, and make bread from this book around twice a week. There’s a huge variety of sourdough, sourish dough, and yeasted bread recipes. The photos are gorgeous, and there is lots of information on background and technique information, as well as the recipes.
If you after simple slow cooking recipes with ingredients you will most likely have in the cupboard and fridge, then this is the cookbook for you. The recipes are from everyday people who have done the experimenting and testing on their families. The only downside is that there are no photographs of the food. I look forward to sharing some of the recipes with my family.
Alice has a great sense of humour and loves her food. Adults will recognise Alice from Masterchef and kids will from her hosting role of Kitchen Whiz. Including fun food facts and some recipes this is a nice introduction to a range of foods – some that will not be so well known to kids such as quince and Jerusalem artichoke. I think kids would enjoy this more if the recipes were centre stage – they could try the recipes and then find out about the ingredients. It will be a good book for adults to share with their kids and explore some great food.
Every second recipe I cook in my every day life is a Nigella recipe. I own almost every one of her books. This one however, I borrowed from the library instead of buying, and there is only one recipe that I will use regularly. Has she changed, or have I? I’m not sure, but it just doesn’t grab me. The recipes are a bit “healthier” than those in earlier books – chia pudding, pickled vegetables – but there is a big sweet section. If you have a pomegranate tree, you need to borrow this book, but I prefer Feast, Forever Summer and Kitchen.