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Liezie Mulder


Review: Karen Watkins

In this book, Liezie Mulder takes us on a scrumptious journey around the world with recipes and cooking tips from her annual travels to places in search of gourmet inspiration for food to nourish the palate and the soul.

The food is simple to create, uncomplicated and wholesome with unique flavour combinations. A “party in my mouth with every bite” is how she describes it.

The title centres on recipes for every time of day and for every craving.

The book is divided into chapters and many of the dishes can be eaten at any time, hot, cold or as yummy leftovers in the middle of the night.

It also means that recipes do not fit strictly into one category but are loosely arranged.

This cookbook covers everything from light meals, snacks, main dishes and desserts to baking. The chapter on pastries includes favourites such as banana bread and scones. There is also a chapter on bread that includes a basic classic artisan dough and variations on what to do with it.

At the back of the book there’s a section on baking principles and methodology – from kneading, fermentation and proofing to folding, shaping and scoring to time, temperature and taste. There are also tips on toasting nuts and seeds and bottling sauces, chutneys and marmalades.

If only this book had been around when I was young. It would make an ideal gift for newlyweds or anyone wanting to break out of their everyday cooking mould.