Maybe it's because I used to own a gourmet shop, but whenever I hear the name Torani it brings me images of Italian sodas and flavored sodas. Most people who are coffee drinkers have seen the many different flavors of Torani brand syrups at most of the finer coffeehouses and restaurants. Well today, Torani is more than that and they have brought many of the possibilities together in a new cookbook compiled together by Lisa Lucheta and Ann Rudorf.
The book contains many great recipes using the Torani syrups, from beverages and sauces and marinades to vinaigrettes and meal items. The layout on portions of the book where not well edited and have the reader going back more than one page to see an attached recipe or looking for another page number when it is just the next or previous recipe. There are not an abundance of photographs throughout the book, however the one that are, definitely stimulate the appetite.
Some of the recipes that are included in the book are: A variety of Caffe Lattes, Cappuccinos, Italian Sodas, Iced Teas and other beverages; Pineapple Salsa; Mandarin Orange and Black Olive Salsa; Peach and Tomato Salsa, Black Current Zinfandel Sauce, Lemon Marinade with Rosemary; Pink Grapefruit Vinaigrette; Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette (all Vinaigrette recipes contain the recipe and an accompanied recipe to use it with); Mango Chutney; Apricot-Pistachio Country Pate; Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Marinade; Black Currant Mustard; Almond and Mixed Fruit Salad; Lemon Currant Scones; Phyllo-Wrapped Baked Brie with Apricot Chutney; Baked Praline Yams with Pecan Streusel Toppings and Amaretto And Peach Pie.
With the heat this summer, many of the quick drinks will be a refreshing cool-off during the day. With almost 50 flavors of syrup there are not only several flavors to tickle your fancy, but you can experiment with other flavors to turn the many recipes into even more.
The ingredients are almost all readily available at the local grocery except for the Torani products themselves which should be available at upscale gourmet shops, and coffee places, and most recipes contain under 10 ingredients and are simple and quick recipes.
The Torani Cookbook by Lisa Lucheta and Ann Rudorf is published by 10 speed Press.
This book contains many original recipes that incorporate the versatile flavors of Torani syrups to create some great recipes while offering the reader the opportunity to experiment