- loli99 asked a questionWed 09 May 2012 09:53:01 GMTEveryday millions of people bring their own food to work and mums and dads prepare lunchboxes for their kids. Everday we have to square the round: it has to be easy to prepare, be practical to eat, acceptable when not heated or cooled, recharge our energy level, be healthy and delicious ... Everday this is also an issue for me.
I am looking for new ideas and would like to know what is in your lunchbox?
I have treated myself with this lovely book. The chapters follow the seasons and the recipes promise a mix of English, French, Mediterean and Levant cuisine with some interesting twists and flavours, but without getting too complicated or time consuming. The wonderful pictures and the personal touch make me wish to have a lot of spare reading and cooking time.
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In Germany the Time Life series "Foods of the World" had been published in the 70ies. The Cooking of Italy was one of my first cookbooks I bought from my pocket money as a teen, along with The Cooking of the British Isles - just imagine! At this time, I remember, I was deeply impressed by the photography and the detailled background information you could get out of any Time Life book, be it on landscapes, wildlife, history, or cooking.
What struck me most with this cookbook was the splendour of the recipes names: Vitello Tonnato, Supplì al Telefono, Gnocchi alla Romana,...
"Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra has a multi-cultural backround" it says on the book cover, and that is what makes this bakery book so interesting. There are recipes abound from every corner of the world and with every ingredient you can dream of. Chapter titles give an indication of what can be expected: flatbreads, yeast breads, cakes, pastries and thread pastries ... with very interesting rescipes for Coconut/ Chocolate/ Spice Cakes. All in all, an interesting read, too, as Gaitri is a food historian and has some stories to tell behind the recipes.
Ingredients are listed in grams/ oz/ cups, a rare luxury and very helpful. The book itself: wonderful...