Every cook, whether professional or not, knows the feeling of falling in love with a single ingredient. Perhaps a fruit is in season and is tempting to make a wide variety of dishes; perhaps one goes on a successful fishing trip and returns laden with seafood that begs to be prepared. Perhaps the ingredient discussed in such a cookbook has an interesting history or interesting characteristics. Often a cookbook author will pursue the history and the data concerning an ingredient and open our horizons ever wider.
To review such books we look for variety within the recipes;; for solid research under the ingredient at hand. If the cookbook is for a single course, we look again for variety to suit many tastes and temperaments, as well as many time frames for cooking.
Cookbooks that offer recipes for single ingredients are valuable to have on the shelf for such a moment. Many of these cookbooks are also great resources for planning a party meal.
As always, we hope you enjoy our cookbook reviews.