- Tapa dura: 112 páginas
- Editor: Artisan Division of Workman Publishing; Edición: 1st edition (19 de junio de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1579652239
- ISBN-13: 978-1579652234
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Granita Magic (Inglés) Tapa dura – 19 jun 2003
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Granita "the original ice cream" predates sorbets and ice creams by thousands of years. Unlike ice cream (made with cream) or sorbets (made with egg whites) granitas (a form of frozen, flavoured ice that looks and feels like icy snow with sparkling colour) couldn't be easier to make or more delivious to eat. Using only a shallow baking dish and a fork, along with only four or five ingredients, Nadia Roden has created granite combinations that are as interesting as they are playful: They include star anise and grapefruit, chocolate and orange juice, lemongrass and coconut milk, lavender and honey, and tequila with lime, mint and cucumber. Roden suggests serving granita anytime of the day - for breakfast, along with a brioche, in between courses during dinner, for dessert, and, when made with wine and spirits, the perfect adult frozen treat.
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1) Appeals to many tastes -- The author has a variety of sections that would appeal to many tastes. You will find a) fruit granita recipes; b) vegetable granita recipes; c) nut, coffee and chocolate recipes; d) herb, spice and flower recipes; and e) wine and spirit recipes. Some of my favorites were: the basil and orange, very raspberry and ginger.
2) Expanded commentary -- The author provides tips for serving a granita. Some are perfect as appetizers and other granitas complement certain food types. The author also provides suggestions on how to replace certain ingredients and where to find hard-to-find ingredients.
3) You won't break the bank -- Most of the recipes have five or less ingredients and most ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store.
4) This book is colorful -- This is a happy book. There are no colored photos (see con section below) but the designs that are used are nice and pleasant to look at.
5) Educational -- Granita was not in my vocabulary before trying one at a restaurant and now I can tell you how a granita differs from a sorbet, how one is created, and what types of granitas are perfect for dessert or a breakfast.
6) The recipes are delicious -- There are 55 recipes in this book and the 15 I have tried have been fantastic. You will find a favorite to share with others.
1) Manufacturing issues -- My book reached me with many pages not being fully separated. I had to individually separate the pages and try to not to tear them in the process. Nobody wants to have a new book right of the bat that is torn and tattered. I hope I got a flop of a book but if you are giving this as a gift (which I recommend), you might want to have the book sent directly to you so you can examine it being gifting.
2)Lack of glossy photos -- From the cover you can see that granitas come in many colors and flavors. The color is beautiful and inspiring. While the book has pretty drawings and designs throughout, the cover is where the color photos start and end. I am a person that first eats with my eyes and I very frequently make recipes based upon how they appear in an accompanying photo. I wish more color photos had been included.
As a final note, this book is printed in Singapore.
Granita Magic: 55 Ices for Every Reason and Every Season--Always the Perfect Thing to Serve explains how to make a refreshing treat with no special ingredient (beyond a pan, a fork and a freezer). Serving suggestions include as dessert, as an appetizer, a palate cleanser between courses, for brunch, or as a refreshing treat on a hot day.
The author provides hints with every recipe on serving suggestions (such as serving as an apertif) and garnishes (coarsely chopped nuts with the Pistachio & Rose granita, for example) as well as tips on preparation (including how to roast peppers and skin tomatoes).
The first chapter is on Fruit Granita and includes recipes for:
-Red Currant Granita
-Festive Cranberry Granita
-Classic Lemon Granita
-Green Grape Granita
-Litchi & Lime Granita
-Very Raspberry Granita
-Fragrant Melon Granita
-Tropical Pineapple Granita
-Passion Fruit Granita
-Sweet & Sour Cherry Granita
-Ruby Grapefruit & Campari Granita
The second chapter is on Vegetable Granitas and includes recipes for:
-Tomato & Basil Granita
-Carrot & Orange Granita
-Balsamic Red Pepper Granita
-Cucumber & Mint Granita
-Sparkling Beet Granita
The next chapter is on Nuts, Coffee & Chocolate Granitas and includes recipes for:
-Chocolate & Rosemary Granita
-Pistachio & Rose Granita
-Coconut & Lime Granita
The fourth chapter is on Herbs, Spices & Flowers and includes recipes for:
-Saffron & Honey Granita
-Rose Petal Granita
-Basil & Orange Granita
-Star Anise & Grapefruit Granita
-Indian Chai Granita
-Herb Garden Granita
-Tea Leaves Granita
The fifth chapter is on Wines & Spirits and includes recipes for:
-Peach Bellini Granita
-Tequila & Lime Granita
-Burgundy Wine Granita
-Spiced Wine Granita
The author provides cute, colorful illustrations on every page. There is only one actual photo (in addition to the one on the front cover of the dust jacket). I generally prefer as many photos as possible, particularly for baked goods with more complicated decorating steps, but I didn't mind the lack of photos in this book since the shaved ice will vary mainly in color from recipe to recipe.
In addition to the chapter on liquor, there are a handful of recipes which have alcohol listed as an optional ingredient. The author explains how alcohol changes the freezing properties which affect the consistency of the granita.
Again, at a current cost of $2.24, this book is a great bargain. I may pick up extra copies to give as hostess gifts.