18 October 2010
Win! "Cured" by Lindy Wildsmith
Now I'm no expert on book reviews, in fact I have never done one or been asked to write one so don't regard this post as a review, in fact most of the books I read are recipe books, most of which I only use the bare basic instructions and adapt the odd ingredient or cooking time here and there.
"Cured" is different and lets be honest who cures their own meat and fish? You may well change your mind after reading this... The first thing that struck me about this book is author Lindy's honesty about how easy it to buy the products she makes from the supermarket, nothing wrong with that but supermarket bacon for example does tend to lack self satisfaction especially when you consider that its an instant purchase, devoured in a sarnie with a sauce of choice then immediatly forgotten with a sip of morning coffee.
"Cured" is beautifully presented and photographed 288 page hardback detailing all methods of curing. There are seven detailed sections to the book unraveling the ancient art of curing and showing even the most novice home cook the methods to create a gourmet dish in their own kitchen. Recipes and techniques come from all over the world - America, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and as far afield as Japan.
In a word, for chefs, cooks of all levels and the smoking, curing enthusiast this book is an essential to have up there with what you have so far. A journey through tradition, practice, recipes and a deep infusion of flavours.
Win a copy!- Simply leave a comment telling us what your favourite Spanish sausage is and why (selection here)
* Worldwide shipping, winner chosen using Random Dec 1st 2010 in conjunction with Orce Serrano Hams. please allow up to 28 days for delivery.