Tuesday, July 12

Cookbook Review: Alice's Cook Book and Recipe for Roasted Carrot Hummus


Are you young, busy, and socially active? If so, Alice Hart wants you in the kitchen, with her cookbook, named simply Alice's Cook Book

Hart realizes that although most 20- and 30-somethings are in a constant buzz, they love to slow down and socialize with friends, preferably over good, honest food and drink. Therefore, she has divided her chapters by meal type then by occasion so users don't have to create their own menus.

Under "Breakfast and Brunch" she includes "spring breakfast for 6 on the weekend," with recipes for Maple and Blueberry Sticky Rolls, Tropical Fruit Platter with Kaffir Lime and Sunshine Juice. Under "Party" she includes "hot summer barbecue" with recipes for Skirt Steaks with Red Chimichurri Sauce, Charred Corn Salsa, Avocado Salsa and Best Brownies. She also provides "hands-on" time for each recipe and advice for scaling quantities up or down to feed a crowd or a few.

Hart's English pedigree is reflected in her selection of recipes, which include many Indian, French and English dishes, such as dahl soup, pear and almond tarte tatin, and Yorkshire pudding. Overall, the recipes are simple and straightforward. Ingredient lists are not overly long, and instructions are written in a conversational tone.

I have made a couple of the recipes from this book and am particularly fond of the Roasted Carrot Hummus that has a pleasing sweetness and distinctive earthiness due to the addition of toasted cumin seeds. I served it as part of a crudite platter one evening, then smeared it on a grilled chicken sandwich the next day. Both were terrific.

roasted carrot hummus

Emma Lee's photography is beautiful -- simple and artful. I only wish the book had more of it.

So no matter how old you are, take Alice Hart's advice about spending time in the kitchen: "It's not just about cooking, it's about enjoying life."

GIVE -AWAY TIME!
Tell me why you'd like to win this book, and I'll announce a winner (chosen randomly) on Sunday, July 17th. Good luck! 

Roasted Carrot Hummus
Printable recipe.

2 large carrots, scrubbed and thickly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 fat garlic clove, roughly chopped and crushed
1 (14-oz) can chickpeas, drained
1 heaping tablespoon light tahini
Extra-virgin olive oil
Lemon juice, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the carrots with the cumin seeds and some oil and seasoning. Spread out in a roasting pan and roast until soft and charring at the edges, about 35 minutes. Let cool.

2. Combine the garlic, chickpeas, tahini, and cumin-spiked carrots in a food processor and pulse until coarse-fine. Add a slug of extra-virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice, then adjust the balance until you're happy. Serve with warm flatbread.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes but was not paid. 

34 comments:

Kelly said...

I would love a copy of this book because I am a 23 year old gal who is teaching herself to cook. I love to entertain, but often have trouble knowing which dishes to pair together!

averagebetty said...

What a great addition to hummus - it's a staple of our diet when the weather heats up! Would love to try this and all the delicious dishes you described from the book... Maple and Blueberry Sticky Rolls? Yum.

Tiffany Lowe said...

I am new to cooking, so any resource would be super helpful!

Cookbook said...

Well, I'm young, busy and socially active. Sounds like the perfect cookbook for my collection!

debra said...

My twenty something daughter is starting to cook. And to cook for a gathering of friends. Perfect!

SarahG said...

This book sounds fantastic. I am moving from New York to Colorado later this summer and will have to find whole new groups of people to host. With a whole new choice of recipes and menus, it should be easy to make new friends!

Catie said...

We have friends over a few times a week, including Sunday brunch and at least one dinner or cookout. Some days I find myself spending more time in the kitchen than with them! This book sounds like it may have the solution I need.

April said...

I read cookbooks like novels. So, I would love to win the cookbook!

Cooking with Michele said...

We make a similar version of this for an example of a healthy snack during my Cooking Matters classes - it's a sweet potato hummus with some reduced fat feta cheese added for zing - delicious with carrots and celery!

Mary W said...

Not a 20 or 30-something, however, I'd love to win this cookbook.

cassiecramer said...

I would like this book because I'm in my 20's and love to get together with friends over good food and good wine. It sounds like it would be a great resource for some new, fun and delicious recipes for our get-togethers.

Kelly said...

Oh, this book seems like a great idea for me. I enjoy cooking already but I find that the dishes I make for any family get together are too exotic. I could use some crowd pleasers! Thanks so much!

Joanne said...

Hmmm I would love a copy because I am a twenty-something year old who has five more years of school left and wants to still have a social life AND time to cook simultaneously!

Malia said...

I'm a thirty-something and I would love a cookbook that plans menus for me! That's definitely one things I'm still trying to master. Thanks for the chance.

MH said...

is it wrong to want the book because i think the cover is adorable?!

Virginia said...

I would love this cookbook. Who doesn't love cracking open a cookbook and discovering new tastes and trying recipes. It's an advenyure.

Greer said...

My boyfriend and I LOVE to entertain! But since we're both so busy it'd be nice to have someone else think of a meal combo for a change - especially when it's good to share. Looks like a fantastic book!

Stephanie said...

I would love this book because, well, who doesn't want new cookbooks!?

Cynthia said...

Sounds like a great cookbook!

Glo said...

I would love this cookbook because as all of you foodies out there all we think about are new recipes and how to make each one more exciting,fresh and different. I cook with imagination and Iam constantly trying new and creative combinations of color,texture and taste!!! P.S...your photo's and recipes are what I look forward to when I recieve your emails..keep them coming....

Maggie said...

I would love to win this cookbook because I love to read cookbooks and I often have trouble coming up with food menus, but I love to entertain!

Kate said...

We love hummus around here with a passion that borders on maniacal. I've made it with all sorts of ingredients but never roasted carrots. I simply MUST try this one out.

Andrea said...

Would love to add this to my collection. Bring it on!

Sarah H.P. said...

I definitely need this cookbook because I'm trying to develop my skills as a young home cook. I love baking, but struggle with actually cooking meals on the stove and this would be a wonderful help!

Sarah said...

I would love to win the cookbook because it sounds like there are a lot of recipes with unique flavor combinations.

queencake and titangirl said...

i would love to win this book because i love new cookbooks and new ideas. the hummus already sounds great!

Cara said...

Roasted carrots sound like a wonderful addition to hummus - I bet this would be delicious with some feta sprinkled on top, too.

Elizabeth said...

I am a hummus fanatic! This carrot version looks fabulous...I'd love to win a copy of this book to test other recipes. Thanks for a wonderful promotion!

KL said...

I am a new stay at home mom who has just discovered a true burning obsession with recipes and all things that have to do with cooking, baking, chopping, boiling and mixing! I would love this cookbook. I love to cook fun new things for my husband, but at times I struggle with side dishes and what goes best together!

Dorie Howell said...

I would love a copy of this cookbook. That Hummus recipe looks so tasty. My three year old loves Hummus of any sort and I would love to be able to make it for her and our guests when we entertain.

Figs and Artichokes said...

Speaking of books?

Julie @SavvyEats said...

I'm very sad that I missed this giveaway--the cookbook sounds great!

Magic of Spice said...

That hummus sounds fantastic! And the book sounds pretty great as well :)

hellokittyispretty said...

Always looking for ways to use up the veggies in my CSA box and I always get stuck as what to make for my book club soirees.

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