California Heritage Continues
Along the same lines as the Junior League’s successful CALIFORNIA HERITAGE COOKBOOK, the present work gives more than three hundred recipes for Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Pasta, Pizza, Rice, Fish, Poultry, Game, Meat, Vegetables, Breads, and Desserts. The Junior League associations nationwide specialize in regional cookbooks designed to preserve the favorite recipes of the particular area. The League’s members submit, test, and taste the recipes before they are approved for inclusion in the cookbook, and the proceeds go toward charitable work and community projects.
The Apple-Broccoli Soup, which this reviewer tested and found delicious, is typical of these simple-to-prepare yet innovative recipes. Combining apples and broccoli is somewhat surprising, yet the flavors complement each other splendidly and are further enhanced by a basic chicken stock and a dollop of yogurt for garnish.
The ethnic-based dishes are pleasantly exotic yet require a minimum of difficult-to-obtain ingredients, and many specialty items, such as hoisin sauce, are now available in many supermarkets. Easily obtained fresh ginger root is prominent in several recipes, including the delightful Szechuan Chicken with Peanuts, which also calls for sesame oil. This is a major strength of a “favorite recipe” cookbook such as this: Recipes do not become favorites if they are overly complicated or the ingredients difficult to procure.
Despite the sixteen pages...
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