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Marie Claire Seasonal Kitchen by Michele…

Marie Claire Seasonal Kitchen

by Michele Cranston

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Do not make the mistake of thinking this is a cookery book. It is a beautiful lifestyle guide which contains recipes.

The photographs are exquisite, the food is deliciously styled, and the prose reads like the sort of pretentious and expensive advertorial found only in the most upmarket coffee-table magazines.

The selected dishes — recipes is too mundane a term — are divided into seasonal sections.

“Just think of the green and leafy celebration of spring, the exuberant abundance of summer, the earthy aromas of autumn and the warming richness of winter. Not only are they illustrated by the varied shapes and hues of the fruit piled into the bowl on the kitchen bench, they are also evident in the staples that appear in the cupboards and refrigerator ...”

Using seasonal, fresh produce sounds good in theory, but if this book is to be your Bible, you will need money and access to the sort of specialist food shop I have yet to find in SA. Fortunately, there are enticing suggestions using ingredients available from selected shops — if you live in a big centre.

Even so, the book is a treat for chefs and armchair recipe addicts who want something to salivate over while their microwave dinner warms up ( )
  adpaton | Nov 14, 2007 |
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Marie Claire seasonal kitchen is the ultimate recipe collection for home cooks eager to make the most of fresh produce and respond to the changing moods of the seasons. Michele Cranston takes inspiration from light and healthy cuisine for summer days through to heartier casseroles and soups for cooler weather in this vibrant and healthy cookbook. Looking to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Michele reinvents old and comforting favourites and creates new and exciting flavour combinations in this feast for the senses. This book is packed full of hints and tips about how to select and choose different kinds of seasonal produce and provides handy techniques to make life in the kitchen easier. Seasonal kitchen caters for all food occasions and is an essential kitchen resource for aspiring cooks at any level.… (more)

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