Cook 1.0 bowls me over
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Talk about a refreshing approach to vegetarian cooking! Cook 1.0 is the latest addition to my rapidly growing cookbook collection and I love it already though it only arrived in the mail today from Amazon.
I've been glued to the book since I got home from work. The book is perfectly in sync with the Heidi brand that I've become familiar with through her 101 Cookbooks blog that I read regularly. I bought the book mostly because I wanted to support a fellow blogger's venture into publishing but I also know that I'm the perfect target for this kind of book - I'm vegetarian, I love cooking with fresh ingredients and I like learning basic recipes which I can then customize based on my taste preferences.
Cook 1.0 is just bursting with creativity. The design and photography are superb, the layout is simple and the content is rich. I love how the book is intuitively organized - breakfast, lunchbox, one-dish dinner, sides, spreads*sauces*salsas, sweets and drinks. In each section, Heidi describes a dish, offers tips and then lays out the basic recipe as well as different variations for the dish. For example, in the one-dish dinners section on risottos, I learnt some of the secrets to a good risotto (including the fact that Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are good choices), read Heidi's basic recipe and then glanced at her variation suggestions including citrus, herb garden and tomato risotto. At the end of that section, I felt super-confident about making risottos in general but and also creating my own variation.
The last chapter is devoted to "ideas" and this is my favourite part of the book so far. Heidi offers suggestions for garnishes, tabletop decorations and even menus by occasion. I can't wait to try the star-gazing date menu:
Tapenade with baguette
Spring Butterflies with Lemon Cream
Freshest Berry Sherbet
Hope you enjoy this book as much as I know I will.