3/8/14

Its a Non-fiction Saturday two-fer!


Fish - The Complete Fish & Seafood Companion
By - Mitch Tonks
5 Stars!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Fish is currently THE rockstar ingredient - prized for its healthy benefits - but there is still a lot of fear surrounding its preparation and cooking. Mitch Tonks' book breaks down that barrier by being a modern, approachable and comprehensive guide to buying, preparing and cooking fish and seafood. Global in outlook, a species-by-species breakdown will detail how to buy fish, where it is in season (including the different names fish are given globally to aid sourcing), how to prepare it and offer a selection of delicious recipe ideas. There is also a section on fish logistics, so readers understand what is good to buy frozen and how this fits the global resource message. With fishing methods and the issue of depleted stocks in sharp focus, Mitch also explains the paramount importance of eating fish in season. With reportage photography documenting Mitch's daily life on the docks of Brixham fishing port and peppered with stories and anecdotes from fishing communities, this book is a delight to read as well as an essential manual. Packed with over 100 delicious recipes and stunning food photography, it will tempt fish lovers the world over.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Mitch Tonks is the founder of the restaurant and fishmonger chain FishWorks. The are 12 shops and restaurants, 3 cookery schools, 3 books, a range in the supermarkets and is currently working with Youngs as a consultant. He has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and the BBC’s BAFTA nominated Get Cooking broadband initiative. He contributes to magazines including Delicious and Fresh and demonstrates at major food shows around the UK.
Visit his Website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This is the "Oh my gosh!!!" of fish books! If you love fish like I do, or even a teensie bit less than I do - you need to get this book! But seriously - this is the best fish and seafood book I have ever seen. 
It checks off all my boxes -
Great pictures - check
Great recipes - check
Great health info - check
Where to buy - check
How to store - check
A break down of all the different kinds of fish and seafood - check and double check!

This book has it all! There are fish in here I have never even heard of before, and I'm a fish person. 
The book is arranged by fish. So first it tells you about the fish, like Salmon (which I love). It tells you about salmon, where its from, different kinds,what is tastes like, why its good for you,where it is found, then gives you recipes. It does this for every fish and seafood.

Here are a few of the gorgeous pictures -




And here's a recipe to tempt you -

Thank you Netgalley and Anova Books for sending me this e-book to read and review.
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The Beginner's Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods
Preserve Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Meat with a Dehydrator, a Kitchen Oven, or the Sun
By - Teresa Marrone
5 Stars!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Drying is a simple and easy way to preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and herbs. This comprehensive guide includes everything you need to know to get started, whether you are using a dehydrator, your own oven, or the sun. Expert Teresa Marrone thoroughly covers the basic techniques, all the way through storing and rehydrating your dried foods. From apples to watermelon, asparagus to zucchini, basil to beef, you'll find solid instructions that will ensure great results every time. Marrone also includes recipes for using your dried foods in a wide range of delicious dishes, from pies and cookies to stews and casseroles. There are even instructions for drying fresh pasta and making vegetable snack chips and baby-food purees.

MY REVIEW -
An excellent book if you are planning on doing and food dehydrating! This book really is packed full of useful information. Right from beginning to end.
It tells you different way of dehydrating, food selection, pretreating, preparing, storing, how to use the dried foods, and even how to make your own dehydrating (I would just use a manufactured one, and it tells you different types and which to buy).

If I am getting picky - the only thing I didn't like is that there were no photos. There are drawings, but not photos. But really with this kind of book I don't think it is totally necessary, just pretty.

There really is everything in here even recipes. I used to have a dehydrator but stopped using it and got rid of it. I do plan on getting another one and seriously plan on doing some dehydrating. This is definitely a book I will use! Its perfect.

Thank you Netgalley and  Storey Publishing, LLC for sending me this e-book to read and review!

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