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Posted November 28, 2005
While perusing cookbooks recently in the bookstore, I was intrigued by the description on the inside cover of this book and decided to keep reading. I was thrilled by the scrumptious and healthy recipes - just wait until you see the luscious food photography! The food photography is incredibly beautiful- it makes your mouth water just to look at this book! The recipes are arranged by the seasons, which I find very useful. This book was the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for the Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World in 2003. This is an exquisite book- I could tell from the first pages on that it was a labor of love. Chef Cotter owns the Café Paradiso which is describes as an 'unassuming little restaurant in the heart of Cork City in Ireland and has been called the 'best vegetarian restaurant in Europe'....' and one of the best restaurants of any kind' by Frommer. I recently corresponded with Denis by email to tell him hos much I enjoyed his book and I must say that he sent me one of the nicest notes in return. I was delighted to receive his kind reply. So, Denis utilized the best fresh vegetables, cheeses and nuts, just to name a few ingredients, in such inventive ways that most of us would never even imagine. His gratin of roast pumpkin, leeks, corn and hazelnuts in a Gabriel cream cheese is heaven on earth! There are influences from the Far East, from the Mediterranean and from Middle Eastern cuisines. There is truly something for everyone's palate. Desserts know no limits - try the Chocolate pecan pie with whiskey ice cream and darling clementines. Denis recommends using 'Irish whiskey' to poach the clementines since the 'Irish whiskey is very smooth and clean.' You can tell that he has spent many, many hours developing and testing these recipes so that the end results are masterful. And they are really worth for you to try something so extra-ordinary. He spells out each step for you - the instructions are very well written and easy to understand and make. This book is also a great incentive for you to expand your culinary skills- without being overly difficult. I have to say this is the best cookbook I have bought in a very long time and recommend that you buy it right away. You'll be very pleased that you did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.