Oils and vinegars should never be relegated simply to dressings, marinades and frying. This cookbook celebrates the many uses for the key oils and vinegars, and explains their characteristics, uses in cooking, health benefits and origins. There is plenty of information about specific oils, followed in each case by one or more recipes in which they are the focal ingredient. The 35 simple and mouthwatering recipes feature the legendary olive oil, as well as argan, avocado, walnut, hazelnut, sesame and pumpkin - try Sweet Avocado Oil, Lime and Pistachio cake and you will never want to use butter in baking again. Alongside balsamic vinegar, read about vincotto, sherry, cider and Asian vinegars, and make Pan-fried Tuna Steaks with Warm Vincotto-dressed Lentils. Also learn how easy it is to make your own flavoured oils and vinegars.
Liz Franklin was a finalist in the 1996 BBC TV Masterchef competition and went on to make a series of cooking programmes for BBC Radio. She was food editor for Good Health magazine and is now a freelance cook, food writer and stylist who has just set up a cookery and wine education school in Italy. She lives in Tunbridge Wells.