A fun tour of meatballs from around the world
I thought this would be a great book to include in a paleo month, as many flavor combinations for the adventurous meat eater are featured in Michele Anna Jordan’s More Than Meatballs: From Arancini to Zucchini Fritters and Everything in Between.
Layout and design:
The book is organized in four chapters: A meatball primer (techniques, sourcing high-quality meats and ingredients, fillers, etc), delicious traditions and contemporary customs (global meatballs), going meatless (mostly vegetable fritters), and context is everything (meatballs in soups, sandwiches, and stews). It includes basic recipes (bread crumbs, sauce, stock) in the Appendices. The book’s layout and design aesthetic, like other titles I have seen from this publisher, looks like it could be from the 80s or 90s. It’s not bad, it’s just not particularly modern in its use of fonts and overall style.
Full-color, full-page photographs by Liza Gershman are sprinkled throughout the book. (I should note that there is an issue with the book’s printing, and a color shift towards yellow makes the photographs look less appealing than they would have if the color was correct. This is not the fault of the photographer.)
Recipes include Bolognese-style goat meatballs, Korean meatballs with Korean barbecue sauce, eggplant polpettine, Spanish croquettes with jamon serrano, sopa de fideo y albondigas, meatball tacos, roasted garlic purée, and the simplest stove top chicken stock. Note: nearly every recipe includes breadcrumbs, eggs, or dairy.
What I liked about the book:
The author’s deep knowledge of Italian food comes through, and there are a wealth of recipe ideas for creative recipe developers.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
paleo eaters looking for new meat ideas (will need adapting), people who love global cuisine, adventurous eaters
Not recommended for:
migraine, celiac, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes without significantly changing them.