As the title implies, this ambitious cookbook by Sara Jenkins is filled with over 200 recipes that include either olives, olive oil, or citrus fruits. The recipes are based on Spanish and Italian cuisine, two parts of the world that are famous for their olive oils. The book has an extensive introductory section that explains the ingredients and how to find the best quality. While dripping with disdain for standard supermarket products, there is a good deal of helpful information here. The recipes start with appetizers, salads, and soups, and go on to entrees and deserts. Each section begins with Ms. Jenkin's philosophy in creating the recipes.
The recipes are all quite simple - usually no more than 10-12 total ingredients. There are recipes for starters like broths and breadcrumbs, but the main recipes all have something special to bring to your table. The starters and salads are simple, but delightful ideas that you can use to add something special to your everday meals. The entrees take things to a more exotic level. The pasta recipes include all sorts of ingredients that test your ambition - from duck to mackerel. If you want to expand your culinary horizons, this book can lead you to some amazing places.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our July, 2008 issue.
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