September 16, 2010
Cooking for Isaiah book Review & Giveaway
One of the many pictures in this book that really grabbed my attention was the Raspberry-Lemon Meringue Layer Cake. We love lemon desserts and I just had to give this one a try. It didn’t disappoint. It was pretty easy to make, looked beautiful, and was quite the combination of sweet and sour. The picture in the book is better, but this gives you an idea of how lovely it is.
The book contains 135 recipes that cover most of the typical food categories. There is also a section at the beginning on the basics that includes Sylvana’s all-purpose flour blend and her pancake mix.
There are a couple of things I don’t like about this book. I have gotten to the age where I use reading glasses, but the distance at which I prop my cookbook is too far for reading glasses. I really wish the ingredients list in the recipes was a slightly larger and easier to read type face. The instructions I find easier to read.
In addition, I was not thrilled with some of the ingredients used in the recipes. I think it’s helpful to know what kind of ingredients are used before you buy a book. There was an obvious lack of whole-grain flour. Silvana’s flour mix uses white rice flour and starches. The only whole grain I noticed was cornmeal. I’m not terribly bothered by this, since I am comfortable with making flour substitutions. I also noticed the use of corn syrup and vegetable shortening in several recipes. These are ingredients I don’t use. They mainly show up in the desserts and more than once made me pass over a recipe. Having said that, I should note that there are plenty of healthy ingredients such as olive oil and vegetables in many of the recipes.
To end on a positive note, I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes in her sandwiches and pizza chapter. She doesn’t provide any loaf bread recipes, but there are recipes for waffle bread, olive oregano bread slabs, bialy bread slabs, and pizza crust.
To learn more about the author Silvana Nardone, this book, and to find other recipes, visit the web site dish towel diaries.
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Great review, sounds like a good book.
It is a beautiful book for sure, but functionality for use is important. Like you and Wendy, I like being able to read easily as well.
As far as the flour mix, I think that folks tend to go that route in the beginning and let's face it most of the gf flour mixes available for sale are the same way, but it is great to figure out better, whole grains to use over time. I'm still one who is figuring that all out because I do have digestive issues with some of the whole grains. (I'm not sure how widespread that concern is though.) I have been able to re-introduce brown rice flour and millet flour and do great with those, but just tried sorghum and still have issues there. Whole grains are definitely best, and I love grain-free choices like almond flour.
BTW, I think your cake looks great. Thanks again for the thorough review!
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