Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ally's Kitchen - Alice Phillips


Summary: Great flavor knows no boundaries. 

After years traveling the globe, popular food blogger Ally Phillips has tasted almost everything. Now she’s bringing you the best eats the world can offer in a one-of-a-kind cookbook that shares recipes, meal ideas, and entire cultures. 

Whether you’re in the mood for something tantalizingly unique, like Jerusalem Eggs with Forbidden Rice & Quinoa, or comfortingly familiar, like Picasso Belgian Waffles, this book lets you wander the world without ever leaving your kitchen 

Take your taste buds traveling through the exotic flavors and textures of 

Lemon & Almond Basbousa 
Avocado Radicchio Wasabi Salsa 
Jamaican Jerk Caramelized Onion Burgers 
Makai Paka 
With ingredients you can find anywhere and easy-to-follow instructions, these recipes will bring the world’s favorite foods to your dining table so you can impress all your friends and family. Fresh, vibrant, and full of life, this inspiring collection of global recipes is guaranteed to turn your ordinary meals into memorable masterpieces.

Summary and Pic from goodreads.com

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: You know what? I actually really loved this cookbook. First of all, it had a really fun premise. When I first opened it I was a little skeptical because I’m a very orderly (boring? NO!) person, and so having random recipes from random places could have potentially really bugged me. I’m all about focus. I was, however, happily surprised. I liked the idea that Ally had traveled around a lot and had brought back her favorite recipes and ideas. Like I said—I was surprised. I thought I would have wanted more focus but actually I liked having a smattering of faves. It’s like someone had gone out and done all the legwork for many of the major types of ethnic foods and just picked out some of the really good ones and brought them back and compiled them. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what she did. So that’s fun, right? Wanting to try things from different areas in the world but not wanting to try them ALL for fear of getting something really gross? And then you’ve spent all this money and time on something random that is really gross and weird and you’ll never use those ingredients again. Obviously I’ve had this experience.

Secondly, the presentation was great. The pictures were pretty. It’s a really pretty book, actually. I loved that its hardbound and l loved the little snippets about her life and travels. Although I’m not really about the word “boholicious,” which she uses a lot, I liked the theme that she had going with it and I loved the little stories that went with the recipes and how to change them up and present them. I’ve read a lot of cookbooks that have personal stories in them, but Ally was obviously a more experienced, comfortable person. She’s older than the typical bloggers and YouTubers, but I liked that, actually. I felt like she had something different to offer than the standard I’ve-just-found-myself-and-I-have-five-kids-and-now-I-blog-and-am-recreating-my-life kinda jive. (Did I just say jive? I’m old, too, I guess). She is comfortable in her own skin. She’s fine with who she is. She’s traveled a lot, she’s educated, she’s found a space of tranquility and she’s embracing it and sharing it. She’s like a boholicious mother earth.

But the best part about this is that the food was delicious. Like freaking delicious. I was skeptical and thought that it would be pretty good, but the stuff we’ve tried (and there are still recipes to go! This cookbook is huge) is amazing. Our favorite and one that we still talk about and fantasize about, is the lemon pepper grilled steak with warm butter herb sauce. It is on page 51 in the “charming European flavors” section. People, it was amazing. Some of the recipes do have ingredients that are not necessarily carried in small grocery stores, but so far I’ve been able to find everything at either my normal big box grocery store or at a more farmer’s markety store like Sprouts.  Other sections include boholicious sauces & spice mixtures, the stunning Mediterranean, Middle Eastern allure, an African excursion, exploring exotic Asia, Caribbean island eats, and side trip escapades.

If you are into cookbooks and would like something a little different than your standard kitchen bibles, this is it. Its fun, it’s pretty, and it is goooooood food.

My Rating: 5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: This cookbook is clean.

1 comment:

Resh Susan said...

Sounds good.. :) There is no greater love than the love for eating :)

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