August 18, 2011
(This is a Dutch language book.)
These two ladies have been travelling through Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Andalusia, Lebanon and Syria in search of the essence of Arabic-Mediterranean cuisine. They have come back with lots of delicious recipes which are sometimes very traditional (they describe in detail how to prepare the perfect couscous) and sometimes inspired by the ingredients they found on their way (for example: a salad of flowers, orange blossom flavoured honey and fresh ricotta).
Also included is a description of their travels through these fascinating countries and the lovely people they meet. At the back of the book is a list of the places and restaurants they visited and a handy list of shops and restaurants in Amsterdam.
Recipes I tried: Tunisian salads (one with cucumber, green apple and dried mint, and one with tomato, hard-boiled eggs and harissa), tajine malsouka (a Tunisian fillo pastry pie with an eggy filling), linguine with chickpeas courgette, anchovies and mint.
This book keeps inspiring me, there are so many recipes I want to try: sfouf (a spice mix with cocoa powder and nutmeg), sweet potato soup with caraway and argan oil, barley soup with argan oil and aniseed, chorba (a spicy tunisian soup with chickpeas) and avocado smoothie with almonds, ricotta and honey!
August 18, 2011
Jamie Oliver about this book: ''Yo's first book is a brilliant tribute to the produce and cookery of Holland and the recipes are accessible and easy enough for anyone to have a go at."
It's a pity this book hasn't been translated because this is a perfect example of modern Dutch cooking. Using fresh regional ingredients (e.g. "forgotten" vegetables) to make new and exciting dishes and a few traditional recipes with a bit of a twist.
I have found this page, where a few of the recipes have been republished (in English) with permission from the publisher: http://dutchfood.about.com/od/reviewsrecommendations/gr/LekkerHollands.htm (The puff pastry with witlof and goat cheese is very good, although I would lower the amount of onions.)
May 05, 2011
Just to say the UK version of this cookbook is simply called 'River Cafe Two Easy'. ISBN: 978-0091900328
March 29, 2011
This is a great little guide to Paris for food lovers. The first part of the book features eats. The restaurants range from casual to chic and there are lots of great places for eating lunch as well.
My favourite is the second part: shops. It lists all the great bakeries, patisseries, chocolate shops and ice cream shops of course. But there are also cheese shops, charcuteries, fish shops, wine shops, bookstores and even a beer shop. The list goes on and on.
The book also features some recipes which makes it useful even after you're back from Paris and want to recreate some of the things you've tasted on your trip.
I greatly recommend this book if you plan on doing some serious food shopping in Paris.
It should be mentioned that the book came out in 2008, therefore some information is outdated. So check the following website to avoid disappointment if you plan on making a trip: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/edibleadventures/