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Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis
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Apr 13, 12

bookshelves: cookbook, for-book-club
Read from April 02 to 05, 2012

I think this is the first cookbook I have read straight through cover-to-cover as one would a non-cookbook. In part this is because of Tanis's chatty, personable narration and the way the book is set up by seasons and menus. There is a wholeness to the section that you do not get when a cookbook is divided by types of food. The menus he has created seem absolutely sybaritic, despite the fact that they often contain simple ingredients. Perhaps this is because of the spices he chooses, the emphasis on freshness and his own obvious pleasure in the dishes. Tanis even makes tongue and tripe sound like things I could consider eating. Mind you I said could consider...we'll see.

Of course the real test of a cookbook is in the cooking and I have not yet cooked a recipe from the book. I will first make the Vegetables a la Greque for my cookbook book club this week. Other group member will be making other things so I end up trying 7 of the dishes from the lot. Then, we will use the book for two more meetings. In other words, I am not yet able to appraise the actual recipes and ease of use as I will be, but the book is a pleasure to read. Four stars for readability, perhaps five once I have actually used the recipes.

Now I have had the Spice Pears in Red Wine - Divine. The grilled zucchini with fresh mozzarella - nice fresh dish that could be a side or starter, The Molasses-Pecan Squares- again fab! The Pasta Timballo - excellent. The shrimp stuffed Avocados-Yum! I made the Vegetables a l Greque and they were wonderful. I love this cookbook!
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message 4: by John (new)

John Tongue:yes ... tripe:no!


Lisa Does tongue have a bumpy, tongue texture?


message 2: by John (new)

John I haven't had it in several years, but recall that it was okay.


Lisa In the pictures it looked okay. Even the tripe looked okay. But still.


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