Our dear (and newly hitched) friends, Geoff and Katy kindly sent us this great cookbook, Home Made by Yvette van Boven. It has tons and tons of unique and creative recipes which focus on and build upon base ingredients and making things from scratch. The back cover says it best:
How do you make cheese from pantry staples? How do you create an oven smoker from scratch in just two minutes? How do you make ice cream without an ice cream maker? And how can you use your homemade cheese, smoked fish, ice cream and many other delicious ingredients in original recipes? In Home Made, winner of the Dutch Cookbook of the Year, Yvette van Boven will show you that preparing your own food is simple.
Clear step-by-step instructions will encourage you to try these easy techniques without having to buy expensive appliances. Once you’ve created an ingredient, Yvette’s original, authentic and easy recipes will immediately inspire you to make a breakfast, lunch or dinner that you can proudly announce is truly HOME MADE!
The book is very well crafted and has many many descriptive and helpful photos (a must for me) with intuitive instructions and witty commentary.
We’ve already tried out a simple gelato recipe with our leftover frozen marion berries from last summer which turned out great (even without an ice cream maker) and Tracy tried out one of the many bread entries, a Rosemary Olive Focaccia.
Let me tell you…the pictures do not do this justice. I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast this week!