Wednesday, October 10, 2007
One of the wonderful things about having a boyfriend who is the a&e editor of one of the university's papers is that publishers/promoters send him cookbooks and he picks YOU (that means me) to interview the author, write the review, and then keep the book for free.
The first book that I got to do was Canadian Living: Make it Tonight, which was kind of fitting, as I already have a subscription to the magazine. I got to meet Elizabeth Baird, who gave me a cute little box of Layered Apple Cake from the book, so that if my review wasn't going to be biased already, it was certainly going to be biased now!
Hehe, just kidding. Like I say in my review (the link is at the end, be patient), it's definitely geared toward the busy home cook, the first-time mom. The recipes are easy, but interesting, and there are some recipes that are a bit more challenging in there (I made the Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Stew and Artichokes and spent the entire morning figuring out how to debone a lamb shoulder... just buy the boneless one like it says in the recipe!)
Although many of the tips are aimed at the beginner cook, there are also some tips that "foodies" could use, like how to season a wok, or storage tips. I also learned that eggs in recipes are supposed to be medium-sized, unless otherwise stated. Who knew?
Anyway, here is the review - I always cringe a little when I read my articles in a&e (I usually write news) so let me know what you think.