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For centuries, the Mediterraneans have taken full advantage of a landscape abundant with fresh herbs to create their vibrant, colorful cuisine. With The Mediterranean Herb Cookbook, James Beard Award-winning author Georgeanne Brennan brings the intoxicating tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean right into your kitchen via easy-to-follow instructions on growing, storing, and, most of all, cooking delicious dishes with more than twenty-five popular herbs. From arugula to angelica, basil to borage, Brennan offers 120 healthy, imaginative recipes--including dozens of her favorite sauces, marinades, herbal vinegars, and flavored oils--inspired by such countries as Italy, France, Greece, and North Africa. No matter where you live, you, too, will be enchanted by the simple delights of cooking with herbs in the casual, relaxed Mediterranean style.
Moving beyond the French table (Potager: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style; The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence), Brennan explores the light and easy side of Mediterranean-herb-inspired fare. This collection of 120 recipes features simple-to-prepare yet flavorful dishes, ideal for "busy schedules that have little room for complex preparations." The book is organized into three main sections: "Using Culinary Herbs," "Growing Your Own Herbs" and recipes. The first section covers 27 different types of green and woody herbs, followed by kitchen techniques on cutting, cooking and preserving herbs...beautiful photography by Grey Crawford showcases a winsome repertoire of appealing and healthful recipes, including Pork and Kumquat Skewers with Dried Thyme and Lavender, Green and Yellow Snap Bean Salad with Summer Savory, Pasta with Pressed Purple Basil Leaves and Blossoms, and Grilled Peaches Topped with Rosemary Marscapone. "Basic Herbal Recipes" deliver a tasty sample of herb-based butters, sauces, marinades and beverages. Brennan concludes by offering gardening tips to green thumb hopefuls in "Growing Your Own Herbs." In the end, Brennan's garden-fresh approach to dining will appeal to the senses.
A Beard Award-winning author brings the intoxicating tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean right into the reader's kitchen with easy-to-follow instructions on growing, storing, and cooking delicious dishes with more than 25 popular herbs. 120 healthy recipes offered. Color photos throughout.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149) and index.
About the Author
Georgeanne Brennan is a James Beard Award-winning author of numerous cooking and garden books. She lives in Northern California and France.
Grey Crawford photographs have been featured in Metropolitan Home, Esquire, Food and Wine, Architectural Digest, and Elle Décor. He lives in Southern California.