Carrying on where ‘Veg’ left off………………. I’m a big fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and River Cottage and have purchased most of the books and DVD’s to date; the books in particular are consistently good, and for me what sets them apart from many on the market is the amount of unique (and sometimes unusual) flavour combinations.This new book, ‘River Cottage Fruit everyday’ is no different.I purchased the accompanying volume on its release hoping that it would inspire me to have more of an open mind towards vegetables and encourage me to experiment, this it most definitely did.I have purchased this new volume with the same intention; I love the taste of fruit and want to eat more, but have always struggled with eating it, often the texture itself putting me off (I know, I’m weird).This book has a huge amount of recipes, both sweet and savoury, that combine all manner of fruits and some of the combinations are inspired.As with all the River Cottage books it is beautifully presented; 416 pages, filled with very attractive photography and also bright and colourful graphics.There are a number of main sections:1. Summer berries & currants2. Rhubarb3. Stone Fruit4. Apples5. Pears & quinces6. Hedgerow fruit7. Figs, melons, grapes & more8. Tropical favourites9. Citrus fruit10. Dried fruit11. Uncommon fruitEach of these sections has an introduction concerning the fruit; there is also a directory included that lists related websites and businesses.Each recipe is very easy to follow; clear instructions and a photograph accompanying every one.I have to admit that the book has inspired me so far and I have made(in the week that I have owned it) the Raspberry ripple chocolate ice cream, Chicken, leek and plum pie and the Potato lemon drizzle cake.The main intention of this book is to encourage the reader to use more fruit in our daily life’s and also to take some risks and be open to new ideas, I have to admit that so far it has achieved this with me.
Handsome and inspiring Another handsome book from HFW containing an inspirational mixture of intriguing foreign influences and quirky modern ideas as well as a few British classic recipes. This will definitely help me get more varied use out of fruits in future and I shall especially enjoy trying out the salad and meat combinations.Compliments to Bloomsbury on the design except for one complaint that the introduction is almost unreadable because of the very poor contrast between black print and shiny fuschia pink paper.
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