‘The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night’ by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park

'The Perfect Egg: A Fresh Take on Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night' by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park

I am a long-time fan of Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher’s blog ‘Spoon Fork Bacon’, and thus, was immediately interested to read their new egg-themed cookbook. I love the simple beauty of their recipe choices, how they lovingly present the ingredients to their blog (and now book) readers, and how the recipes are diverse enough for the beginner or expert chef. I was so excited to see this new cookbook available here on Blogging for Books and, once I had the hard-covered volume in my hands, I was glad to discover I was not disappointed.

I went through the cookbook and flagged some of the recipes I was most interested to try – or, more correctly, would talk my husband into preparing for me. My top five (5) are:

♦    Egg Clouds (pages 38-39)
♦   Quiche (pages 44-45)
♦   Tea Eggs (pages 70-71)
♦   Avgolemono Soup – described by the ladies as a lemon-scented egg drop soup (pages 92-93)
♦   Poached Yolk-Stuffed Ravioli (pages 114-115)

There were, of course, many other recipes of interest – varietal deviled eggs and egg salads, as well as hollandaise sauce and other like egg-based sauces – but these five are the ones highest on my INTERN (I need to eat right now) List. While I could handle preparing the simple Tea Eggs on my own, I would probably leave the much more difficult Poached Yolk-Stuffed Ravioli preparations to my more experienced husband.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★
RATING: 5 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★★

HerLiterarySalon.com received this book as a gift from Blogging for Books|The Crown Publishing Group.

‘A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse’ by Mimi Thorisson

'A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse' by Mimi ThorissonTwo days before Christmas, I received a rather large package from Random House. Since so much of my holiday shopping is completed online, I assumed the package must contain a gift for one of my nearest and dearest. Upon opening the box, I yelled out, ‘Oh, it’s a gift for me!’ and pulled out Mimi Thorisson’s rather large/heavy and beautifully printed cookbook, ‘A Kitchen in France.’

My step one after receiving any cookbook – read through the recipes and mark those I will be making (orange tabs) and those I will be begging my husband to make for me (blue tabs). As the picture demonstrates, most of the heavy lifting will be completed by my husband.

My top five recipes for my husband to surprise me with one fine dinner or late lunch are:

  • Onion Tart (page 30/Spring)
  • Butternut Gratin (page 195/Autumn)
  • Potatoe Pie with Comté Cheese (page 231/Winter)
  • Garlic Soup (page 242/Winter)
  • Happy Valley Wonton Soup (page 291/Winter)

'A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse' by Mimi ThorissonMy one lone orange tab is marking the recipe on page 139/Summer – Strawberries in Wine with Mascarpone Cream. Everything about this recipe sounds perfectly wonderful. I love wine, I love cheese, I love strawberries, and I love dessert. Plus, the recipe sounds incredibly oops-proof and I was sold after reading Thorisson’s testimonial, ‘Truthfully, this is really just an upgraded version of the unbeatable combination of strawberries and whipped cream, but adding wine and mascarpone gives the traditional duo zing and a touch of grown-up elegance.’

I needed to do a little googling for certain recipes to figure out what some ingredients were – i.e. Fleur de sel is more commonly known as sea salt, and Crème fraîche is a soured cream – but overall the directions seem complete and thorough.

This is a beautiful, unique and inviting cookbook. I am very excited to dig in and see what delicious messes can be made.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

HerLiterarySalon.com received this book as a gift from Blogging for Books|The Crown Publishing Group.

‘The Soda Fountain’ by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

'The Soda Fountain' by Gia Giasullo and Peter FreemanApparently soda water is medicinal – or, back in the early 1900s, it was once thought as such. Nowadays, New York City lawmakers are trying (and failing) to ban soda whereas pharmacy’s around the country used to provide this magical tonic to ‘stimulate circulation and respiration’.

Although most soda fountains shuttered their doors decades ago, recent years have seen a rebirth of this American institution through both local revival stores and illustrative cookbooks. One such tome, ‘The Soda Fountain’, written by the brother & sister team/proprietors of the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, is a wonderful combination of cookbook and historical essay – filled with beautiful imagery, enchanting typography, tricks of the trade, and nothing but sweets. Egg creams, milkshakes, sundaes, syrups, cakes, cookies, and more … this book is a dieters worst nightmare.

My favorite section, and the pages most likely to be dog-eared, would have to be the section labeled, ‘Not in a Temperance Mood?’ – a soda fountain’s response to the 1920s prohibition era. I can already imagine the picture-perfect and delicious drinks I could produce during my next dinner party, girls night, or picnic. Who wouldn’t want to try ‘The Wimbledon’ – a mixture of strawberries, lime, heavy cream and gin; or a ‘Mead Julep’ – a mixture of bourbon, Brooklyn Farmacy-specialty New Orleans Mead Syrup, and mint.

'The Soda Fountain' by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

I am not sure if I should head into the kitchen and start creating, or head to the train station to make my way into the Brooklyn-based shop. Either way, I have a feeling that, although soda fountain drinks may no longer be deemed ‘medicinal’, this treat will surely bring me a smile. Affugazi Affogato – I can hear you calling my name!

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

HerLiterarySalon.com received this book as a gift from Blogging for Books|The Crown Publishing Group.