I could hardly wait for the “Malibu Farm Cookbook” to arrive in the mail and it has quickly become one of my favorite cookbooks. As soon as it arrived on my doorstep everything else stopped including the dinner I was just about to prepare. I just finished reading the book cover to cover and I am really inspired. Every single recipe in the book is simple yet gourmet, straightforward and yet elegant, utilizing the freshest of ingredients from Southern California. The cookbook is written by Helene Henderson, the founder of the Malibu Farm Café in Malibu, California. I have yet to visit Malibu Farm Café but after reading this book and seeing the beautiful photography I was practically transported to her Malibu Farm and Café. The Café was born out of Helene’s love of cooking and success with her own style of backyard catered parties. I happen to love all of the foods that Helene uses in her cooking such as potatoes, fresh herbs, goat cheese, eggs, lime, horseradish, whole grain mustard, Dijon, honey, and ingredients that are all fresh, all natural and vibrant. This is the first cookbook I have seen that is so simple and approachable with many of the pantry ingredients most probably already staples for someone who likes to cook. The very first recipe in the book, Frittata with Ricotta and Peas, grabbed my attention right away. Since receiving book I have prepared Swedish Mini Pancakes, Shrimp with Carrot Ginger Coconut Sauce, and Mama Tran’s Vietnamese Chicken Salad, all excellent recipes and adaptable to taste. Other recipes such as Malibu Farm Deviled Eggs, Kale Caesar, Goat Cheese, Chicken and Mustard and Bread Crumbs Three Ways, Grilled Butterfly Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish, Balsamic Skirt Steak with Chili Cherry Tomatoes, Broccoli Mashed Potatoes, are just a few of the recipes at the top of my list of recipes to try out from this book. Helene also provides great shortcuts and tips like par boiling a whole Kabocha squash to make it easy to cut-brilliant- tips for boiling and drying potatoes for mash, the perfect method for hard boiled eggs, etc. I look forward to the day when I will visit the Malibu Farm Café, and maybe even have the opportunity to meet Helene! I received this book from Blogging For Books through Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
To learn more about the Helene Henderson click on the following link: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2135841/helene-henderson/
and for information about “Malibu Farm Cookbook” check out the following link: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538385/malibu-farm-cookbook-by-helene-henderson/
Update: Other recipes I have tried since receiving the book:
Mama Tran’s Vietnamese Salad https://dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/mama-trans-vietamese-chicken-salad/
Shrimp with Carrot-Ginger Coconut Sauce https://dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/shrimp-with-carrot-ginger-coconut-sauce/
Halibut Sandwiches with Black Olive Aioli https://dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/halibut-sandwiches-with-black-olive-aioli/
Black Olive Aioli https://dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/black-olive-aioli/