Published by: Storey Publishing (13 January 2017)
Coconut is healthy and delicious. It is also native to cuisines around the world, including Thai, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and many Caribbean cultures. Cooking with Coconut offers a tantalising taste of this tropical superfood's culinary diversity, with 133 original recipes using coconut in all its forms. Options span the menu, from breakfast dishes like Savory Coconut Crepes to dinner and dessert dishes like Asparagus with Shallots and Shredded Coconut, Coconut Pork Kabobs, and Coconut Rum Creme Brulee. Ramin Ganeshram, an award-winning food journalist, dishes up everything home cooks and health-conscious eaters need to know to fully enjoy this delectable powerhouse!
I simply adore coconut and already use coconut oil, sugar, milk, flour, water and desiccated and shredded coconut in a few recipes. With this book, I now have a lot more recipes at hand so I can include this gorgeous fruit at every meal time! Okay, I may be getting a bit carried away, but I'm sure you get the picture. The recipes I've tried have been easy to follow, they aren't too difficult, nor do they have you juggling all manner of pots and pans at the same time as trying to keep track of dozens of ingredients. Coconut lovers...you need this book!
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy in return for my honest opinion.
|Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shows. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shoes. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her restaurant.
What a delightful story! I loved it. The characters were wonderful. I fell in love with them especially Otto and Gertrude. Lou meets Al at the bar. Both decide they do not want to talk about work when together. For Lou she just wants to get away from the downward spiral of her life. For Al he figures he won't be in town long so why spoil their time together. Lou's co-workers and friends, Sue and Harley, are interesting and a little light diversion along the way. Al's co-worker John becomes his friend and confidant as he learns his role in Lou's loss. There is even a hiss-worthy villain in Devlin and not just because he seemingly cheated on Lou.
I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting it was so good. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. This is a keeper.
This book was described in the summary as You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat A Cupcake. I saw the movie You’ve Got Mail, but I have not read the second. I do know how to eat a cupcake, if that’s important to my credibility. The good news is, neither of these is required reading, you can just dive right into this delicious summer read. This is a light-hearted, often completely predictable story, but you know what? Sometimes that is just what you need. I would give one warning — do not spend too much time near the kitchen while reading this — your mouth will be watering as the chef describes some outstanding food, but if you give in you will gain 25 pounds before you finish the book.
Here’s what I say to tempt you further: this book makes me want to take my next vacation in Wisconsin. That is something I don’t say lightly, and I can also confirm I have never said before. The author so lovingly describes her home state that I am tempted to eat my way through it myself. She had me at deep fried cheese curds.