Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson


Citrus: Sweet and Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson 

   Citrus....the very mention of that word sets my imagination and taste buds on fire! In a good way. I absolutely love the sweet yet tangy taste all the citrus fruits present. From lemons to clementines...I have tried and been delighted by them all! Needless to say, as a cook I also have fun cooking with these delectable fruits. Orange-glazed chicken, Thai lime-infused beef, pale yellow loaf dripping with lemon syrup.... It was with excitement, then, that I caught sight of this new book from one of my favorite publishers of cookbooks.
The cover of this cookbook alone is enough to capture the interest of the viewer! And as you look through the pages beyond the cover, you will not be disappointed. Photographer Valerie Aikman-Smith has provided stunning picture after another depicting the treats documented within this cookbook. The recipes are easy to make; simple and focusing on the fabulous and unalterable taste of citrus. For easier use, the book is organized per citrus type. Once you have tried every amazing treat in the book, you could even try inventing your own versions by switching up the citrus called for in the recipes!

The only complaint I would have is that there weren't very many meat or poultry recipes in the book. I think there were only 2 chicken recipes and neither featured orange, to my surprise. There were no beef recipes to my disappointment. However, the remainder of this book is still a gem and would make a wonderful coffee table book and/or gift for someone!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
More information on the book below!

A visually stunning collection of 75 inventive, foolproof recipes that highlight the sunny ingredient of citrus, from the ubiquitous lemon, lime, and orange to the more obscure kumquat and yuzu.
A love for all things citrus is chronicled in this elegant collection of recipes that feature every common and exotic type of citrus--from Pixies and Eureka lemons to Valencia oranges and kumquats. Accessible yet sophisticated dishes including Grapefruit and Gin Marmalade, Tangerine Sticky Ribs, and Burnt Sugar Lemon Tart highlight the versatility of their juicy ingredients: zest the skin to make salt, peel the skin and candy it, cut up the flesh and add it to salads or bake it with roast duck. Photographer Victoria Pearson and food stylist and author Valerie Aikman-Smith capture the beauty of citrus at the market, on the plate, and in the colorful citrus groves surrounding Victoria's house. Lushly illustrated, Citrus will entice readers into their kitchens to fully savor winter's bounty.