Butter has made a huge resurgence over rivals such as margarine in recent years, mainly due to the realisation that butter is actually healthy and free of the dangerous trans-fats (known to cause heart disease) found in many artificially-created alternatives.
My memories of butter stem from my grandmother’s cooking with butter which she used in all types of baking: scones, pastry and coating the griddle when making pancakes. Old medical remedies employed butter very successfully, such as butter balls rolled in sugar for a sore throat. Not sure if it helped cure the sore throat but it certainly did help to ease the pain – and tasted wonderful!
‘Butter’ by Olivia Potts is an extremely well-written and beautifully-presented book. The chapters are well-organised and the recipes are easy to understand.
The book is not just full of recipes on how to use butter in everyday recipes but also takes you on a journey through the science and history of butter. A simple pat of butter can change the taste of so many foods. We all know it adds a wonderful flavour to baked potato or toast, but how many of us realise it’s also increasing your Vitamin D and preventing osteoporosis at the same time! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and butter helps its absorption into the body.
Butter has had such an unwarranted bad press over the last 30-40 years that many people simply haven’t tasted butter! If you have never cooked with butter then this book is the perfect introduction, with delicious recipes such as:
Butter +eggs –
Turkish eggs with yoghurt and chilli butter
Butter + Meat
Lamb chops with chipotle and coriander butter
Butter + vegetables
Griddled lettuce wedges with blue cheese and walnut butter
And even recipes to tempt your sweet tooth:
Butter + sugar
Brown butter, milk chocolate and pretzel blondies.
The above are just a small selection of the many wonderful recipes in the book.
Enjoy the journey that author Olivia Potts takes you on with this delightful book. The perfect present for a special friend or as a gift for yourself to read while curled up on a sofa.
Butter- A Celebration by Olivia Potts (published by Headline Publishing Group) is available from all good bookshops and online outlets.