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Posted June 14, 2013
I love dates and I love to cook so when I saw this book that combined two of my favorite things, it was a no brainer. It's a collection of 40 date recipes. A small number of these are familiar but the overwhelming majority of the recipes were new to me. I was surprised to see date churros and crème brulees alongside more traditional date fare like sticky toffee pudding and maamoul. It was delightful to see the date used in all these new ways and so I went back and read the author's introduction to the cookbook to see where all these ideas came from. I rarely do this because I'm ususally more interested in the food than anything else, but once I started I couldn't stop. It was a really fascinating and personal tale of the date's history and its transplantation across cultures stretching from Arabia to Europe to North Africa and California. The recipes are as cross cultural as the date palm and its history and that's what makes this book extra special. There's a story with every recipe and the photography is captivating. I've tried the desserts out on family and friends and gotten rave reviews. My goal is to make one new recipe a week until I've tried all 40. It's a struggle because I keep remaking the ones I've already fallen in love with like the maltese date diamonds and the vanilla date cheesecake but I'm excited to keep going and discover the rest of the concoctions. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to update their old recipes. After trying the plum and date crumble, I may never go back to my traditional berry crumble again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.