The Troll Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Don't Feed the Trolls--Let the Trolls Feed You!
Food dominates today's popular culture, and often with a heavy hand. A quick spin through the television listings reveals a veritable army of celebrity chefs who, when not barking top-down instruction to home cooks, duke it out in fierce competition with each other. But when the confectioner's sugar settles, all the glamor and bombast can leave us hungry for real substance. Blowhard chefs may tempt our taste buds, but they rarely find a way to our hearts.
The Troll Cookbook is here to turn the tables, using the wisdom of another breed of larger-than-life cook. Trolls are folkloric creatures found in many lands, and in these pages they offer us enchanting and personal ways to savor good food every day. Far from mere fantasy, the world of the trolls is really just a few steps from our own. It's a place where ancient nourishing practices live on, and where time-honored simplicity makes cooking understandable, delicious, and fun.
Created by the imaginative, award-winning duo of Karima Cammell and Clint Marsh, The Troll Cookbook sets you on the cyclical path of the culinary year. You'll learn creative ways to prepare and share meals using simple, seasonal foods and classic techniques. Food lore breaks down basic ingredients such as grains, beans, root vegetables, and eggs, and shows how to turn them into mouthwatering meals using more than 180 rapturous recipes and techniques. Whimsical paintings pepper the pages, showing trolls delighting in the food they've made.
Stirring together hearty helpings of myth with hands-on methods you can try in a bare-bones kitchen, The Troll Cookbook is here to put the heart and soul back into cooking. Following troll cooking traditions you'll learn how to:
- start making your own yogurt
- capture airborne yeast to create sourdough bread
- make mock capers from nasturtium flowers
- throw a stone-soup party and turn "nothing" into something delicious
- preserve seasonal foods for enjoying later
"Karima and Clint, along with a merry and menacing trove of trolls, have written a refreshing and inspiring book, inviting and challenging each of us to have fun in the kitchen and the field. I love their alchemical connection of folklore, nature, and food, and their gentle but insistent prodding to believe in our internal culinary intuition. I could not agree more! Cooking is all about the moment and the food, and each of us is surely instilled with an inner culinary compass. This book will give you the courage, along with a treasure map of recipes, to make a meal any troll would be happy to eat."
- Kelsie Kerr, chef and owner, Standard Fare; co-author, The Art of Slow Food
"I gave this book to the troll who lives in our garden. He tried nibbling a corner of the book, but then he opened it, and as he leafed through the pages I could see a great smile breaking out across his face. He clapped his hands, his eyes widened, and then he started dribbling. This is a book that will have the same effect on you. It'll get stained with cooking oil and dog-eared for your favourite recipes, and the kids will feast on the pictures while you cook up one of Karima's delights. I love this book!"
- Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids; author of Druid Mysteries and The Book of English Magic