I had the pleasure of reading Treasured Secrets and drooling over the various foods and meals served in the book by the Italian chef heroine, Rosalina. I was thrilled to discover that the author put together a companion book of recipes for the dishes served in the story. The recipes are all family recipes or created by the author.
This was a fun little recipe booklet full of amazing food for sunrise to evening meal. Each recipe comes with pictures of the completed dish, photos of locales in the story (which are from the author’s own travels), and snippets from the scene of the story where the recipe was present. The reader doesn’t have to have read the novel, but those who have will find the references back to the story a wonderful reunion.
Paging through made me eager to try some of these. Even rank amateurs like myself would probably stand a good chance of success with many of the recipes. The ingredients were mostly found in the supermarket and the instructions easily followed. I marked off a few to give a go:
Corn fritters with fried egg, tomato relish, avocado, and herbs
Spice Poached Pear
Chickpea and bacon balls with mild chili sauce
I am visiting family out in Utah right now and we’re a bunch of breakfast lovers so with blueberries in season, we tried the Blueberry Pancakes. At first, we had a little consternation when we realized that we needed to convert the measurements for us backward Americans. 🙂 The experience was a success and the only disappointment was that I didn’t make up enough batter to completely satisfy the bigger eaters of our group.
I didn’t see this recipe booklet on Amazon US, but I know the author is selling it through her website if anyone is interested in checking it out for themselves.
I would recommend this as a fun companion to the novel, but also a beginning to intermediate cook would have some fun trying many of the dishes for family or guests.
NOTE: There is a note on the author’s website that the reader will receive this recipe booklet free for signing up for her newsletter.