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New Cookbook Tells Everything About Cooking with Olive Oil

I’ve been cooking with olive oil for years. I like its texture. I love the flavor, and it’s a healthy dietary fat, unlike saturated and trans-fats. I have wandered through artisans’ stores and marveled at the beautiful bottles of olive oil fragrant with herbs, vegetables, and flowers. It’s beauty to the eyes and savory taste to the palate.
These days there are shelves of olive oil. Knowing which one to buy can be difficult. Splurge on the expensive extra virgin oil and then wondering what you can do with it beyond salad dressing and sauteing is a rut we have all found ourselves wondering. I received a copy of Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil for review. I love that this basic cookbook provides home cooks tips, techniques, and recipes that create delicious meals.
Everything you need to know about cooking with Olive Oil
Authors Mary Platis and Laura Bashar created this book as a resource to provide easy and yet detailed techniques for braising, infusing, marinating, poaching and even baking with olive oil. It’s all for home cooks, from purchasing, and storage to delicious recipes.
My family uses Olive Oil. We love the dynamic and diverse flavor.
It’s a staple in the Mediterranean diet and one of the secrets to their having one of the healthiest and most delectable diets in the world.
The book is beautifully done with colored photographs and details like the various characteristics of olive oil, its flavors and how to use it.
Cooking Techniques and Recipes with Olive Oil
 I love that chapters catalog this book. It’s like a culinary school with lessons in Olive Oil, Poaching, Braising, Marinating, Steaming and Baking. There’s a chapter on Other Techniques where instruction is given on infusing and preserving oils with recipes for comfits, mayonnaise and mustards, dressings and more. 

Recipes in the book include:

  • Rosemary-Garlic Lamb Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Artichokes
  • Tuna with Citrus and Avocado Salad
  • Figs with Muscato Grapes
  • Greek Style Vegetables with Tomatoes
  • Beef Stew with Root Vegetables
  • Chicken Kabobs with Cucumber-Mint Barley
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves with Brown Rice, Kale and Fresh Herbs
  • Whole Wheat Scones with Blueberries and Lavender
  • Olive Oil Almond Cookies with Rosewater and Cardamom
  • Kalamata Olive Bread with Rosemary
  • Olive Oil and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Watermelon Shooters with Persia Mint Syrup an Olive Oil
The authors also provide conversion charts and references and encourage home cooks to buy locally-produced oil from farmers’ markets in their area if available.
A Gold-medal winner of Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award, COOKING TECHNIQUES, AND RECIPES WITH OLIVE OIL is the go-to cookbook and reference guide that will change the way you think about olive oil.  It’s not just an ingredient, it’s a way of life!
about the authors
Mary Platis, food writer and culinary teacher, discovered her passion for olive oil after visiting the Greek island Kythera. Mary’s Greek heritage introduced her to healthy and seasonal cooking, and now she shares her own recipes with culinary students, readers of her popular blog, California Greek Girl, and, of course, her family. Mary is currently the olive oil spokesperson for Bragg Live Foods© and owner of The Greek Gourmet© catering for more than 25 years. Mary and her recipes have been featured in several publications – including Olive Oil Times, Greek – American Magazine, October Unprocessed, Melissa’s Produce, and Meatless Mondays, among others – and on Dr. John Westerdahl’s Health and Longevity Talk Show on Life Talk, and Author’s Corner with Neil Haley on Total Education. Mary sits on the Les Dames d’ Escoffier San Diego board and is a member of the Publisher and Writers of San Diego. As an avid gardener, her inspiration for recipes and writing begins with a morning walk through her seasonal garden. She is the mother of three grown children and lives in San Diego, California with her husband and dog, Hershey.
Laura Bashar is a former graphic designer and advertising account executive. Self-taught in HTML, she started her very popular food blog, Family Spice in 2009 to share her love of family and Persian food. Laura regularly develops recipes for brands and companies, and her work has been featured on online sites such as: Huffington Post, Yahoo Shine, Katie Brown Workshop, Babble, The Kitchn, Olive Oil Times, Safest Choice Eggs, Newman’s Own, allParenting, PBS Parents and BlogHer. Combining fresh ingredients, contrasting flavors, exotic spices and multiple cooking techniques from all over the world continues to be Laura’s passion today. A stay-at-home mother of three, Laura lives with her husband and kids in San Diego, spoiling them all with wholesome, delicious food.
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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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