Sorbets!

Jim Tarantino, Author Crossing Press $8.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-89594-269-2
This extensive collection explores the multiple flavor possibilities of low-fat frozen ices. A sweetened dessert for hot summer days, sorbets are also traditional ""palate cleansers'' between courses at elaborate dinners. Tarantino offers sweet and savory ices for both uses. Raspberry-peach and blueberry-kiwi ices, dried-apricot sorbet and espresso granita are suggested as desserts. Saffron, rose petals, persimmons, vodka and lemon juice, and minted lime embellish palate cleansers. A few items, including pina-colada ice and sherry, lavender and grapefruit-vermouth sorbets, are recommended as first courses. Some recipes are primarily for those who value the unusual for its own sake. There is, for example, a sorbet prepared with sparkling rose that has gone flatfor that's exactly what happens during preparation. (This must be for the pleasure of telling guests that they are dining on ``champagne'' sorbet.) Likewise, a margarita-jalapeno sorbet is strictly '80s trendy. Frozen ices are not difficult to prepare, and the book's basic directions are motivating. Tarantino is a musician and amateur cook. Illustrated. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/25/1988
Release date: 05/01/1988
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