When initially approached on this one I had no idea what it actually was. Once I got my hands on it I LOVED it! That says a lot since Mara is the actual cook in the house!
What I LOVED was that the concept was a simple one, but so creative and perfect I wondered why no one had thought of it before. Here's the deal.... There are a ton of popular titles (mostly recent and best sellers!) that all have some sort of significant "food" item in the story. Let's use the one I was involved with- "Alvor" by Laura Bingham. In the sequel, "Wings of Light" one of the characters makes bread dough rise magically.
So, here is what the book is about.... Christy takes a short description of the story, takes a key "food" ingredient or idea from the book, and writes the recipe. Along with the recipe comes a few blurbs from bloggers...ahem, ahem..... that would be us :o) Seriously, a fantastic idea! You get a ton of info all rolled up in one. Let's look at mine...
"Raised by Magic Quick Rolls"
"Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could magically make bread dough rise, just like Erin and Bain's mother, Julia, does in Wings of Light, the sequel to Alvor? These rolls are one of my favorite recipes. They are simple to make, requiring only a thirty-minute rise before cooking them from a cold oven.
It's almost magic.
2 1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon salt
5 tablespoons shortening
6 cups flour
Mix the water and sugar. Sprinkle with yeast and wait for it to activate. Add salt, shortening, and three cups of the flour. Mix well. Add three more cups of the flour. Mix again. Let rest for 10 minutes. Knead. Roll out and use a clean glass to cut out circles. Using the blunt side of a butter knife, depress a line across the circle of the roll and fold in half, stacking the rolls in a 9x13 inch pan. Let rise for 30 minutes. Put in a cold oven and set the temperature at 400°. Take the rolls out after 25-30 minutes. Makes 2 dozen rolls.
Note: you can form the dough into whatever bread you desire: rolls, loaves, bread bowls, breadsticks, pretzels, bagels etc.
That was 1. IF you want the rest, your gonna have to pick up the book. I would definitely say its worth it. If you love reading, love cooking and eating, and love reading reviews, it's a must buy.
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