The Tinned Fish Cookbook Review

The Tinned Fish Cookbook Review

Title: The Tinned Fish Cookbook: Easy-to-Make Meals from Ocean to Plate―Sustainably Canned, 100% Delicious
Author: Bart van Olphen
Published: May 12, 2020, The Experiment
No. of Pages: 144
Cover Price: $18.95 Hardcover, $9.99 Kindle

Who knew there were so many things you could do with tinned (canned) fish? Tuna Noodle Casserole and tuna sandwiches are what most people in the US do with canned fish, as well as salmon patties, but Bart van Olphen has different ideas, and not only includes tuna and salmon, but other less popular canned fish such as anchovies, herring, mackerel and crab in his excellent cookbook, The Tinned Fish Cookbook: Easy-to-Make Meals from Ocean to Plate―Sustainably Canned, 100% Delicious.

Almost everybody has some kind of canned fish on their pantry shelves, so with this excellent cookbook, almost everybody can make something wonderful from that tinned fish. The recipes, which are unique and sound very good, are decidedly European, and most cooks welcome that. A favorite recipe and one that will be repeated, is the Tuna Fritters with Tzatziki – they are crunchy and delicious, and the sauce is perfect. Another recipe that turned out yummy was Pita with Mas Huni as well as the Thai Tuna Red Curry (Yum!). Not only is Salmon and Spinach Salad with Coconut Dressing in the queue, but several Italian dishes such as lasagna and cannelloni using canned fish. There are salads using canned fish, as well as soups, pasta sauces and sandwiches – thankfully no desserts.

The recipes are easy-to-follow, and convenient, since the main ingredient is canned and already on hand. Those of us who aren’t used to eating herring, anchovies, and mackerel, have several new recipes to try. And there are beautiful photographs of most of the dishes. The dishes in this book remind me of my favorite fish market in Amsterdam where they fry or steam their specialties while you wait – now you can do it yourself at home.

Canned fish is a good item to keep on the pantry shelf, and this book belongs on the cookbook shelf. Highly recommended.

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

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