Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice

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Beacon Press, Apr 11, 2002 - Cooking - 240 pages
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 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 Consommé, this magical account is perfect for anyone who has ever been teased by this seductive spice.

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SECRETS OF SAFFRON: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice

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An admiring account of an exotic spice with a long and varied history, by a food writer whose imagination keeps the story light and lively.Since the blossom of the crocus plant is the source of ... Read full review

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Saffron is, in my opinion, one of the greatest flavoring agents in the world. I'm partial to it in baked goods and dairy products, and have developed my own recipe for saffron ice cream which is so ... Read full review

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The Heart of the Matter
Heaven and Earth
The Artists Palette
Travels with the Scholar and the Merchant
The Invading Hordes
For God and King
Death Was Meant for This
The Making of a Town
Fare Thee Well
Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafran
The Saffron Fields of Brooklyn
A Short Guide to Buying and Using Saffron

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About the author (2002)

Pat Willard is the author of Pie Every Day and A Soothing Broth. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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