Book Review – Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture

When you think about cooking with almonds, you tend to associate the nut with baked goods and desserts such as Almond Florentines and Frangipane Tart. The book, Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture by Barbara Bryant and Betsy Fentress with Recipes by Lynda Balslev expands on the virtues of the nut by tracing its history and presenting temptations from snacks to sweet treats.

Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture

Almond is a nut with many health benefits, often prescribed as a snack for diabetic and used as almond flour by people on the paleo diet. But this book is not about touting the medicinal aspects of the nut.

Inside its 160 pages, there are over 60 recipes that inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook with the versatile nut. The language is geared towards North Americans, think broil instead of grill and cilantro in lieu of coriander but it has a broad international appeal with global recipes that span China, Lebanon, Italy, Mexico, India and more.

From starters such as Almond-Stuffed Mejdool Dates with Bacon to healthy salads such as the Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad with Carrots and Raisins, and on to dishes form the Land and Sea with Lamb Tagine and Catalan Fish Stew with Chorizo and Almond Picada, there is something to tempt you and rethink the use of almonds beyond sweets.

The book is not just for nut fans. The quasi quarto book format makes it a coffee table item and the juxtaposition of modern food photography with art reproductions give the book an artistic flair that appeals to collectors.

Almonds: Recipes, History and Culture is available at RRP $29.99 and is published by Arbon Publishing.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.