Am I really blogging on Christmas Day? Yes. Consider this my present to you. (^_^)
My semester at night school is over and done with. I am signed up for more night classes next semester, but I’ve decided to go off track and just take the classes that are of interest to me. This means that I’m taking my next class at noncredit and hopefully that will afford me more mental space to do things I like, like blogging.
Anyway, I’ve had a cookbook sitting on my table that was sent to me by Blogging For Books. I’ve been meaning to write about it for what feels like forever. I just didn’t have the time until now. Note – I’m not getting compensated for this beyond getting a cookbook for free. This is my first time using Blogging For Books, and I think I could really like it. When I logged in, there were about five or so cookbooks that I could chose from to review. However, only one of them really caught my eye.
About week later, The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone landed in my mailbox.
First impressions? I love the layout, the look, and the concept of this book. In general, Eugenia gives you some recipes using a fresh ingredient, like fennel. Then, she’ll provide a recipe to preserve said ingredient. For our example, fennel becomes fennel-pistachio compote. To round out the group of recipes for the ingredient, there are recipes on how to use the preserved product. So in turn, fennel-pistachio compote becomes paired with egg salad or striped bass.
The chapters are centered around each ingredient. They are in alphabetical order, starting from apples and finishing with zucchini. There is also a small chapter on condiments, and a small chapter on how to preserve. The pictures really complement the book. The food styling is done so that the dishes look delicious and comforting. Nothing looks intimidating.
The only downside to this book is that I don’t think I’ll get to use it very often. Several of the preservation recipes require pressure canning which I don’t have the equipment for. Meanwhile, there are some recipes that just aren’t my thing. There’s a recipe for Fried Ravioli with Grape Must Concentrate. It’s a traditional Italian Christmas dessert, according to the description. I’m sure it’s delicious, and I’d be happy to eat it if someone made it for me. I just don’t see myself ever making it.
Overall, I like this cookbook and plan to use it. (Hopefully, sooner rather than later. Cranberry juice recipe, I’m looking at you.) I will have to do some tweaking for those recipes where I won’t have the preserved components prepared in advanced, but I think that’s ok.
Eugenia Bone has a website that is, I think, a fair representation of her style. Feel free to check it out, if the book is of any interest to you.