It's been a while since I reviewed a cookbook, mostly because I haven't been going out of my way to find new ones and, unfortunately, many seem somewhat cookie cutter. Too many rely on beautiful images and unusual ingredients, making them visually stunning but not particularly motivating. The Troll Cookbook has a simple charm that belies the depth of information in this book.
While I'm not a huge fan of the troll theme (it can become cloying, much like any fantastical theme), I like how the authors use the trolls as examples of a simpler time of cooking. With a focus on self-reliance, creativity, and sharing with friends and family, this is as much a book about cooking as it is with a reconnection with things we've lost as a society.
Besides cooking and baking recipes, the book looks at foraging, preserving, pickling, and the benefits of the use of open flame. There are stories, "history," and more content that elevates this beyond an everyday resource. Divided into seasonal chapters, this is a book you'll put down but return to over time, discovering new ideas each time.
*This book was provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.
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