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Wow Your Friends!

This cookbook is really fun. I’m not sure how else to describe it. The images are stunning, the recipes are pretty simple, and there is whimsy and deliciousness in every page!  I made the “Turkish Red Lentil Soup” the other night and it was amazing how it all came together in under 40 mins. I couldn’t stop eating it! Can’t wait until my next potluck gathering so I can share more recipes with my friends and wow them with what they think is a complicated dish.

I am also pleased that the recipes use things that I have always wanted to find more uses for. I was just lamenting the lack of recipes for rose water and orange blossom water, as well as rhubarb only being familiar accompanying strawberry in a pie. Don’t get me wrong, strawberry-rhubarb pie is the bees knees, but I like to see variety. This book really delivers on that. I also love the beets everywhere (beets are a huge polarizing issue for most people) and the vibrancy of the colors in the book.

The only thing about the book that I am not sure I am on board with is the heavy use of flowers. I think the recipes will be just as delicious without flowers incorporated though. Probably a hang up from the time my mother told me violets were edible and I spent an entire afternoon eating my way through a patch I found. They were edible, but left me feeling queasy! So my versions of the recipes may be flower-less. I also usually find edible flowers to be expensive. On a plus side, some of the rose petal recipes are not bad, like 1-2 roses worth.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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