Far Afield Cookbook Review

Far Afield Cookbook Review

Title: Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World
Author: Shane Mitchell
Published: October 25, 2016, Ten Speed Press
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $40.00 Hardcover, $19.99 Kindle

It’s always fascinating to read about what people in other parts of the world are eating. Sometimes exotic foods become trendy, and are served in restaurants all over the world. Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World takes the concept a step further to make not only a cookbook with good recipes, but also a book picturing and showcasing the cultures of several little-known cultures. The pictures are breathtaking, and this book is suitable for a coffee table book.

Some of the recipes are very simple, like the refreshing and delicious Watermelon Cooler which has only three ingredients. Others are a little more involved, but easy to understand. Most cooks haven’t been introduced to Swahili food, but this book has several recipes. The Swahili Coconut Rice is excellent and easy to make. There is a Fried Rice Omelet with Portuguese sausage and Chinese fried rice that is to-die-for; although it’s actually a breakfast dish, it makes a great supper, too. There are dozens of recipes for well-known dishes from countries all over the globe, like Chimichurri sauce from Uruguay that is both delicious and easy to make; it’s especially perfect for grilled meats. I was intrigued by the Spiced Okra recipe, and hate to admit that I ate more than my fair share because the flavors were exotic and amazing.

There are recipes for Cardamom Doughnuts, Salsa Verde, and Red Snapper Curry. Char Siu Pork with Chinese Noodles is a fabulous dish, and the Chivito is an unusual sandwich from Uruguay that shouldn’t be missed.

The recipes are easy to understand, and even though the recipes are not your everyday meat-and-potatoes offerings, the ingredients are mostly easy to find in regular grocery stores.

Far Afield is both a cookbook and a travel book with information and dishes from all over the world. It is absolutely beautiful, with fabulous pictures of not only the food, but also the people and countries. It is a book to cook from and also to learn and enjoy.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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