Secrets of Saffron The Vagabond Life of the World s Most Seductive Spice Pat Willard s enticing exploration of the exotic spice saffron describes its journey from the ancient Sumerian kingdoms Persia and the island of Crete to the Pennsylvania Dutch in America Through a

  • Title: Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice
  • Author: Pat Willard
  • ISBN: 9780807050095
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pat Willard s enticing exploration of the exotic spice saffron describes its journey from the ancient Sumerian kingdoms, Persia, and the island of Crete to the Pennsylvania Dutch in America Through a beautiful blend of personal stories, myths, history, quotations, ancient remedies, and modern recipes, Willard takes us from Cleopatra s bath to the medieval court of FrancePat Willard s enticing exploration of the exotic spice saffron describes its journey from the ancient Sumerian kingdoms, Persia, and the island of Crete to the Pennsylvania Dutch in America Through a beautiful blend of personal stories, myths, history, quotations, ancient remedies, and modern recipes, Willard takes us from Cleopatra s bath to the medieval court of France and beyond A practical guide to buying, using, and even growing saffron as well as a cookbook containing recipes ranging from Paella Valenica to Saffron Consomm , this magical account is perfect for anyone who has ever been teased by this seductive spice.

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    1. I have to be honest, I read very little of this book. I was interested in saffron: how it came to be so valued in history and in the present, how and where it is grown, uses for it and anything else interesting. I was looking for something solid.The first two pages are a retelling of Ovid's poem, the Greek myth, of Crocus as a story, "A handsome youth named Crocus was passing through the Athenian forest on his way to his parents' house when he spied" the big bad wolf, no, don't be silly, "the ny [...]

    2. This was sooooo dippy. All opinion and what the author surmised. The only thing interesting were the recipes and even then she was a bit stingy with them. The resources for attaining, cultivating and using saffron were good.

    3. While the authors tone annoyed me at times, the story of this spice is wonderful, and I am a bit obsessed with saffron at the moment.

    4. Deludente: poca storia, molto romanzo mal scritto. E' indigesto mischiare la storia al romanzo, quando non se ne hanno le capacità.

    5. La fascinante historia del azafrán acompañada de suculentas recetas, desde los sumerios hasta la actualidad.

    6. 224pp bk (w/ index), could have been about a 60 page essay if she had included only actual history/facts about saffron. Includes recipes. No notes, acknowledgements, bibliography, or other sources given. I guess she just knew it all.In the end I did find the book charming, and it is so filled w/ odd facts it would be a great read for anyone wanting to be a contestant on Jeopardy. But the longest chapter is about her going to a small town in Spain for an annual saffron fest - even though only one [...]

    7. I enjoyed reading this book, as long as I didn't think too much about it (which is exactly what happens when I write a book review). I thought I'd be reading a microhistory, but it's also a memoir, and it felt to me as if the author couldn't decide which she'd rather be writing. Some chapters were all history, some were all memoir, some were a combination, and there was no real pattern as to which was which. Luckily, saffron's history is fascinating enough by itself to keep me reading along.By t [...]

    8. I liked the approach - history told through story instead of a wrote recitation of facts (which I also enjoy at times). But what killed it for me was the chapter of her experience in Spain, which was apparently had while she was researching for this book. She wrote this book about writing this book! That circular thought kept popping into my head and making me laugh. I couldn't get over it.

    9. The chapter on The Plague was the highlight of the book, featuring delicious language: "the gleeful effects of all this desolation."

    10. Love, love, love. It is now on my bucket list to grow and harvest saffron, as well as master a few choice recipes.

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