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Posted February 8, 2012
Based on her interview with ABC news, her promoting this book on their show, made me believe that she would have a section dedicated to beauty recipes. She only has food recipes and then within that recipe she would just have "beauty tips". For instance, she showed how to make and anti-aging serum on ABC news, but nowhere in her book shows her recipe for this. I wished that I was able to view more of her pages before purchasing this electronically. Barnes and Noble does not give back refunds for Nook Books.
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Posted November 3, 2011
"Christianne's Herbal Kitchen" is nourishing for both the stomach and the soul. As with many cookbooks, Christianne's book is divided into sections that cover everything from appetizers, salads and soups to entrees, desserts and even cocktails. However, what makes her book stand out is that she also includes several in-depth looks at the history and science behind several herbs (such as basil, cilantro, lavender, and mint) and offers "fun tips" for simple variations of her recipes. The book includes tantalizing recipes from many different cuisines, each requiring basic techniques, fresh herbs and a handful of other ingredients. For example, her Roasted Red Pepper Harissa is a wonderful Mediterranean dip/spread that features cilantro and italian parsley. (Caution: It is incredibly addictive.) I have also prepared her Basil Chicken Piccata - which was a big hit at our dinner table. There are three sauces that I absolutely think are perhaps the best I have ever tasted: Fresh Jalapeno Herb Sauce; Fresh Herb and Sherry Chimichurri Sauce and (my favorite) Rosemary-Thyme Cabernet Peppercorn Sauce. Certainly, Christianne has a strength in the sauce department and all three pair quite well with steak and chicken. After reading through the book and admiring the stunning photographs of her dishes, I believe that Christianne's recipes will appeal to novices and experienced cooks alike. She takes well known ingredients straight from the herb garden and uses them to make sophisticated and delicious meals. In short, this is a collection of fresh herb recipes to savor. This book will undoubtedly become a classic addition to the herbal kitchen.
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