Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cooking the Books

The Book of Fondues by Lorna Rhodes (HP Books, 1988).

I love fondue, and I think it is the perfect Valentine's Day dinner. This is one of the cookbooks I go to for recipes. There are 18 different cheese fondues in the book (I have made about half of them; some several times).and quite a few yummy dessert (chocolate, for example) fondues. It gives good instructions and delicious results for these. 

The book also includes recipes for meat fondues. I think this book is a good inspiration for ideas in this area, but if you need instructions on how to actually cook a meat fondue (typically you heat oil in a metal fondue pot and cook the meat in the pot at the table then dip the cooked food into a sauce of some sort) this book doesn't explain it. The book is quite attractive, each page has one recipe and several photographs and it seems like the format of the book took priority over the need for more details in how to actually prepare a meat fondue. 
Besides the fondues there are also additional dips (guacamole, tapenade) and some side salads included and 6 suggested menus that group the recipes together.
If you are looking for cheese fondues, or some new ideas for fondue this is a good book for that.

This post is linked to Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. Oh I haven't had fondue in a long time. This type of book just might inspire me!

  2. I like cookbooks that give menu suggestions. I've never done much with fondue, but it sounds fun!

  3. I don't know that I've ever had homemade fondue! It always seems to be a treat for restaurants or wedding buffets. I should have known there'd be a whole book on fondue, though - there is for every other foodstuff! Glad to hear the cheese ones are delicious.

  4. I've never had meat fondue, sounds intriguing.


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