Here is one cookbook I will keep around for a long time to come!
Vanessa Barrington has obviously thought long and hard when writing this treasure. Her passion to make foods from scratch that we normally tend to buy these days, shines through in this clever, fun, simple, honest and well-written cookbook.
Some things that I have tried, with great success is: yogurt and fresh cheeses, ginger beer (yes, you can do this and it's super-easy, just be sure you use a fresh yeast (I used champagne yeast I picked up at a brewing store) and clean, plastic soda bottles, NOT the thinner plastic water bottles, as they are not intended for carbonated beverages, you'll be amazed at that one), and of course, my fave... cultured butter! (like the kind you'd find at a fine French market)!
Please allow me a word about the cultured butter, Vanessa's recipe is Super-Easy. If you've ever made whipped cream, you can make fresh cultured butter!
*I have tried using both my blender and my hand mixer, and I like the hand mixer best I believe, but if possible, put the bowl in a dry sink, since it will start to spit a bit when the buttermilk separates. Keep that buttermilk for pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc.... excellent.
~ I'll never spend money on fancy imported butter again! and I have wowed friends by bringing fresh cultured butter with Vanessa's sour dough bread to dinner parties. OK, looks like I could go on and on about making butter, and I have...but the point here is, that I never knew how easy it was to make. In DIY Delicious you can make a plethora of fabulous, pure and tasty foods yourself, easily, and Vanessa has a knack for speaking to novice and gourmet cooks alike. There's a lot going on in this book and I'm so pleased I happened upon it.
That's just one of the many splendid recipes and ideas she's shared in this book.
I also loved the introduction, (which you can read here)... I found myself feeling the same way about natural foods, the nostalgia and art of foods made at home, less packaging, less waste, and above all... foods made fresh just taste that much better!
Looking forward to her next book!
update: I've also made both the cracker recipes, both fabulous, but probably love the cornmeal-parmesan best.
next up: kimchi and bread and butter pickles!