Another beautiful cookbook from 101 Cookbooks author Heidi Swanson
Fans of Heidi Swanson will not be disappointed by her new cookbook Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, which has her signature style infused throughout, from the rich-yet-subtle embossed cover to the travel photographs and stories in addition to the vegetarian recipes.
Layout and design:
The book is organized into Near (San Francisco), En Route (a few travel-friendly recipes), and Far (Morocco, Japan, Italy, France, India), and Accompaniments. It perfectly reflects Swanson’s style of photography, which also feels like a trip inside an Anthropologie store. Beautiful font choices make the book user-friendly, and heavy matte paper allows for taking notes if you like to do so. Each section starts with a recipe list and also a pantry list of items you’ll likely need for the recipe in that section.
Recipes include whole wheat waffles, chive dumplings, harira, carrot and sake salad, brown butter tortelli, tartine au fromage blanc, saag paneer, and cultured honey butter.
What I liked about the book:
A rich combination of travel book and cookbook. Introduces new flavors. Warm inviting writing. Inventive recipes and flavor combinations.
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.
vegetarians (most recipes include dairy or eggs), people who love to travel
Not recommended for:
Migraine, vegan, paleo, celiac/gluten-free, dairy-free, or 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 and do them justice.