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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Three Quality Robert Rose Cookbooks reviewed ...

    pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0534-2, $27.95 CAD paperbound) is by Sue Becker,
    owner of The Bread Beckers and The Real Bread Company. She's a nutrition
    counsellor in Georgia USA who has been teaching whole-grain flours for over 25
    years. This is a reissue/reprint of the 2016 book. Real whole grains are both
    nutritious and delicious, and can be incorporated into any lifestyle and culture.
    Those grains with gluten (wheat, barley, rye) unfortunately cannot be assimilated
    by some people, but there are plenty of other grains and grasses to go around:
    rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, teff, sorghum, legumes. She covers
    them all in her determination to get you to bake and eat freshly home-ground
    flours; there is nutrition, lower cost, and better taste. The first half of the book
    details equipment for home-milling and the basics of baking. The second half has
    100 recipes for yeast breads, quick breads, loaf breads, biscuits, cornbread,
    cookies, bars and cakes. As always there is the terrific Robert Rose layout of
    notes, ingredients, metric and avoirdupois measurements used in each recipe,
    and tips. Quality/price rating: 90.

  • 200 EASY HOMEMADE CHEESE RECIPES. 2d ed rev and expanded
    (Robert Rose, 2009, 2013, 2020, 408 pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0465-9,
    $27.95 CAD paperbound) is by Debra Amrein-Boyes, head cheese
    maker and owner of The Farm House Natural Cheeses in BC. It was
    originally published in 2009 at 385 pages. There's a primer on basic
    cheese-making techniques, plus equipment and
    tools, and sanitation. Chapters include fresh cheeses, ;lata stretched
    cheeses, mold-ripening, blue-veined, washed-rind, washed-curd, semi-
    soft, semi-;rm, and hard cheeses. Other chapters deal with ethnic and
    regional cheeses, yogurt and ke;r, butter, buttermilk and crème
    fraiche. There is also a trouble-shooting section and a glossary. New
    changes indicated include an all-new 32-page troubleshooting section,
    new step-step-photos, and new inclusion of prep times with each
    Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and
    avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
    Quality/price rating: 90.

  • SERIOUSLY GOOD FREEZER MEALS: 150 easy recipe to save your time.
    Money & sanity (Robert Rose, 2018, 368 pages, ISBN 978-0-7788-0591-5
    $29.95 CAD paperbound) is by Karrie Truman, a blogger
    (} who can actually make 50 freezer meals in a day. Her
    blog appeals to those on a budget who cook from scratch. And of course, storage
    in a freezer is the best thing. We've had a freezer at home for 45 years now
    (actually, the first one lasted 25 years and we are now onto another one) and it is
    full of single items and prepared meals such as ragu or pot pies. So this is
    another Robert Rose single equipment book, chock full (150 preps) of freezer
    meals. She's got preps for the whole family: dietary needs, small and large
    families, time constraints. Freezer bags are the main containers: they can be reused. Of course, all freezer meals will lose their taste after awhile, so they need to be used up by rotation. There's a lot of primer material here on the hows and whys of freezing, followed by the preps. Most recipes have a bulk batch guide so you can increase or decrease the serving size (the servings are mainly for 6). Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupoismeasurements, but there is no table of equivalents. Interesting recipes include smoky pulled pork sandwiches; pad thai; tikka masala; sun-dried tomato and bacon chicken; chili; coconut cashew basil curry soup.
  • The book is over-sized and heavy in weight, but I guess if you can prep many dishes a day for the freezer, then you can lug around the book. One upside to this book: there's an international scope. Quality/Price Rating: 90
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