Thursday, August 6, 2015
Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Cookbook Review
Janet Fletcher is an experienced food writer in Napa Valley that loves all things cheese. She is author or coauthor of more than two dozen books on food and beverages, including Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer, and The Cheese Course. Her weekly email newsletter, Planet Cheese, is read by cheese enthusiasts internationally, and she is also a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. Her love of dairy didn't stop at cheese; however, because she recently just authored a cookbook called Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is a wonderful cookbook that takes yogurt to all new levels. This yogurt-centric hardback cookbook gives us more than 50 recipes for breakfasts, appetizers, salads, soups, meaty meals, vegetarian meals, sauces, marinades, desserts, and beverages.
The contents of this book are well laid out and easy to navigate. This book starts with an introduction telling some history, science, differences, health, and some notes on recipes behind yogurt. Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner then goes into making your own yogurt at home with topics on choosing: milk, starter, and incubation method. It also goes into making different kinds of yogurt, like: drained, Greek, yogurt cheese, and using whey. After this main section on homemade yogurt it goes into the recipes. The recipes are broken up into these categories: Yogurt for Breakfast, Appetizers & Salads, Soups, Mostly Meat, Vegetables & Grains, Desserts, and Beverages. The end of the book has a bibliography of references to read in addition to this book, resources to find some of the harder to find ingredients and equipment needed for some of the recipes, an about the author page and her acknowledgements in making the book, and an index for finding things easier throughout the book. There is also handy measurement conversion charts inside the back cover of the book.
The layout of each recipe is quite simple. At the left side of each recipe includes the title, how many it serves, ingredients and how much. On the right side there is a small paragraph where the author introduces it, and the directions on how to make it. I do wish that all of the recipes were accompanied by the photograph of the completed dish, but not all of them are. Having photographs of each completed recipe would have been more helpful to people like me who are very visual and love to see what the food should end up looking like before making the recipe. The recipes that do, have gorgeous photographs that represent the dish well and complements the recipe page nicely.
I love this cookbook. Even though yogurt is a staple in my household, I have not tried to make it myself and I would love to someday. This book tells me how to make it homemade even without an electric yogurt maker. I love yogurt and I love experimenting with it in recipes of my own. The Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner cookbook gives me even more inspiration to add it to foods and beverages that I might not have thought of.
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