Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Donna Hay's Seasons

Some books are a wonderful read. They give historical, anthropological perspective of what we eat... and I have quite a number of those. It's a wonderful escape to exotic places and times and makes sense of what I'm preparing.

Then there are books that go straight to the recipes - by region, by course, by ingredients... and I love those too.

But the ones that melt my heart and capture my soul are the ones with glorious photos that don't just depict the dish, but transport us to the perfect place to eat them. Donna Hay's latest book (and I love all of them for their simple recipes and gorgeous food shots that have me drooling),Seasons exemplifies that genre. I mean, just look at that cover! The pictures take us to picnics in the country - on the beach, in the woods; romantic dinners for two and fun family get togethers. Each one tells a story and makes you crave the experience - and the dishes!

Like every recipe Donna and her team come up with, these are simple to make and so delicious they live on in your mind... and your mouth for days after you've eaten them. Even more important... everyone at the table will bow down to your culinary skills.For instance... The Roasted Garlic, Ricotta, Kalamata Olive Pasta tasted awesome even when I had my second "left over lunch"... two days in a row!

Up next... how about Caramelized Onion & Anchovy Tart. The puff pastry is in the freezer, the onions on the shelf and olives in the fridge. I think the perfect appetizer for Friday night's dinner and my little chef, Boaz (who's four and loves helping Grandma in the kitchen) can help me whip it up earlier in the day. And, although it isn't Summer, I do have the blueberries we all picked in August waiting for me to change up the Mixed Berry Clafoutis and, this time at least, forgo the mulberries and raspberries.

Every season is beautifully and deliciously represented and definitely a must have for everyone.


Esme said...

Where did you buy this? I have been looking for it.


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Ruth Daniels said...

Esme, I ordered my copy online at Indigo/Chapters (Canadian), but carries it as well. I remember stopping by a Sur La Table shop in Seattle and they had a large selection of cookbooks. If there's one in your town, you might give them a call. Other bookstores might order one for you if you don't want to order on line.

It's a great book - beautiful to look at & the recipes so simple and tasty.