Samples provided for review
Any time I had a hint of the sniffles growing up, my mother made me eat a clove of raw garlic. It was a test of endurance at the time, but now I find myself reaching for sweet, sweet alliums whenever I start to feel under the weather – or whenever I want to perk up a meal. Dips, meats, mains: my heart is wide open to the possibilities of garlic, onions, chives, and leeks.
When I came across these beautiful cookbooks from Ryland Peters & Small, I was enchanted: a beautiful book of afternoon tea snacks, and a cookbook devoted to my favorite spice? Sign me up!
Afternoon Tea at Home is stunningly colorful, and covers tea staples and modern twists. Full of beautiful photographs, it will have you craving cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon, and jewel-bright macarons in minutes. Its forte is baked goods: entrancingly tiny, perfectly decorated cakes and sweets. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!
However, my heart belongs to Garlic. Full of facts, nutritional information, and details about garlic’s use through time and cultures, this book will have you making a shopping list and creating a garlic-focused meal plan. Below’s the result of an hour reading Garlic: an all-garlic dinner of garlic roast potatoes, garlic and red pepper greens, and garlic-marinated steak.
As you can see, the potatoes had whole, unpeeled garlic cloves – not something I would have thought to do, but roasting the potatoes at a lower heat with whole garlic made the garlic mellower. Thanks, Garlic!
Both cookbooks can be ordered online through the Ryland Peters & Small catalogue. I recommend you check them out!