By Nora Vasconcelos
As it’s quoted in the introducción, “condiments are like old friends, highly thought of, but often taken for granted”, so, it’s almost impossible to picture our lives with out them, but we often think of them as products we always can get from the supermarket.
To change this, Jessica Harlan developed this book to offer the readers the chance to prepare their own ketchups, salad dressings, mayonnaises, and so many more delicious condiments, all prepared with fresh natural ingredients, some of which people usually already have in their own pantries.
“Making your own condiments is easy and fun”, says Jessica as she explains that some of the advantages of preparing them at home is that these can be customized with ingredients that create flavors according to different tastes and needs.
“It’s also fun“, she says, as there’s a special satisfaction on sharing them with family and friends, either they come home for a meal, or if you give them as presents.
To help everybody to prepare their own condiments, this book published by Ulysses Press, presents recipes that go from different kinds of ketchups, mustards and mayonnaises, to essential sauces for barbecues and other dishes, infused oils and vinegars and salad dressings.
It also presents different forms to prepare pickles and relishes, hot sauces and salsas, ethnic and specialty condiments, and sweet sauces and spreeds, for the ones who love desserts.
At the end of the book, the author offers advice on how to preserve and can the condiments, as well as how to prepare the containers as gifts.
* All images courtesy of Ulysses Press