Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert
Publisher: Herald Press (July 2005)
This book touches something close to my heart. It is something that I believe we should all be doing more: feel the seasons and adjust our diet accordingly. Not that I’m a saint regarding this matter. It can be because of lack of knowledge; when are oranges in season? Or because I really feel like having strawberries on a dark December night. Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert come to the rescue with a cookbook full of seasonal recipes, including a guide with when to eat which fruit or veggie.
Recipes are divided up between the seasons, which by themselves are divided again between courses. The book is following the philosophy that seasonal food availability should guide us in deciding what’s for dinner. The Spring section gives recipes like the Strawberry Spinach Salad and the Dandelion Bacon Salad. What an original combinations! And the recipes themselves still use basic ingredients, a must for everyone not having a huge pantry.
Beautiful short stories on a variety of topics are spread out through the book. From the perks of growing your own vegetables, to the love for nature. These stories are a nice variation on the recipes and reflect the love of the authors for this lifestyle.
The photography is stunning, I love it! Very stylish and elegant, and yet with the feeling of the countryside, it is a feast for the eyes. The only downside is that very little photos are actually of the prepared dishes, more of the beautiful and fresh ingredients.
So, to conclude, Simply in Season is a perfect guide for anyone who would like to live and cook by the seasons. You won’t find any haute cuisine in here, but easily accessible recipes that work for every day and everyone.
Final rating: ★★★★☆
*** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***