Rosalina’s Treasured Treats by Kendall Talbot #Review #AfternoonDelight

Rosalina’s Treasured Treats by Kendall Talbot #Review #AfternoonDelightRosalina’s Treasured Treats by Kendall Talbot

Genres: Cookbook
Published by Indie/Self Published on March 5, 2015
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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four-stars  

http://www.kendalltalbot.com.au/rosalinas-treasured-treats.html

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
Blueberry Pancakes

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.

About Kendall Talbot

Brisbane author Kendall Talbot’s used to daydream about robbing the bank she worked in. Thanks to her husband’s gift of writing lessons in 2008 she decided to write about it instead.

An adrenaline junkie and mum of two Kendall says, “I love the idea of screaming and the feeling you get when you are about to jump.” Now-a-days she gets the same rush writing action adventure scenes.

Her debut novel “Lost in Kakadu” won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year in 2014. Amongst the great reviews Kendall was quizzed on how to make the famous “bra slingshot’ that featured in the book.
Rosalina, the heroine in Kendall’s new book “Treasured Secrets” is a chef in Tuscany and the Greek Islands. Food, flavours and romance sustain our heroine as ruthless competition will do anything to prevent her from solving a 700 year mystery to a great missing treasure.

Recipes from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” you can cook along as you read the book.

Next on Kendall’s hit list is the Crime novel she’s long dreamed of. Yes she’s robbing that bank! Set in Brisbane in 1992 “Double Take” is scheduled for release September 2015.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Lindy Gomez

    I like when cook books are full of illustrations and are easy to follow. It sounds like this one was a success!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Yes! It was fun and easy to follow, Lindy. It was especially neat since it was a companion to a novel.

  • Oh. Oh gosh. *mouth waters* I LOVE the sound of those pancakes! Mmmm *makes grabby hands* so you say you tried out the blueberry pancakes recipe? That had to be AWESOME! And just serves as a reminder that I need to eat breakfast more often. 🙂 Those corn fritters look delicious also!♡♡

    • Oh yes! Those hotcakes went fast and the kitchen smelled tremendous. I had a good time flipping through this one. I still plan to make the corn fritters.