Essential Fondue Cookbook Review

Essential Fondue Cookbook Review

Title: Essential Fondue Cookbook: 75 Decadent Recipes to Delight and Entertain
Author: Erin Harris
Published: May 19, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 182
Cover Price: $14.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Fondue is a throwback to the entertaining craze of the 60s and 70s; it is a fun way to entertain, and has a lot of appeal, since diners cook their own meals (or dessert) at the table, taking a lot of the pressure off of the hostess. Essential Fondue Cookbook: 75 Decadent Recipes to Delight and Entertain is one of the newest cookbooks out on this fun kind of food. Over the years, I’ve collected dozens (actually 45) fondue cookbooks, and figured that I probably have every recipe covered. So why, when there are already so many fondue cookbooks out there is it necessary to own this one?

Erin Harris, the author, has an imagination. While there are good recipes in the cookbook for fondues that many of us have been serving over the years, this particular cookbook has recipes for trendy fondues that aren’t to be found in any of the cookbooks that are already published. For instance, salted caramel is a big trend right now, and Harris’ Salted Caramel Fondue is fabulous. Other unique fondues included in the book are French Onion Fondue, Baked Brie Fondue, Blue Cheese and Leek Fondue, and Szechuan Hot Pot. This fun cookbook includes recipes for cheese fondues, oil-based fondues, and dessert fondues. There are also a good number of sauces that I can’t wait to make to serve with the new fondues from this cookbook. Also included are several recipes for good fondue dippers.

The one drawback to this cookbook is that there are only a limited number of photographs. Fondue is an attractive dish, and it would help readers, especially beginning cooks, to know just what their finished dish should look like. This drawback is certainly not an end-all, since the recipes are easy-to-follow, succinct, and delicious. This cookbook is good enough that it just may bring the old trend of fondue back to tables everywhere. If you’re having trouble deciding which fondue to try first, do try the French Onion Fondue – it’s awesome!

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

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