Casson, Chris & Lee, Susan. The Compleat Lemon: a cookbook. Holt Rinehart Winston: New York, USA 1979. 4to sm HC 142pp VG/VG. dj minor creases & edges rubbed
Whether there's a trace of its juice in a sauce, a sprinkling of zest on top of a creamy dessert, or the whole fruit is enriching Cornish game hens, the lemon is a spectacular addition to a myriad of foods. The tart yellow fruit has been used for thousands of years; Americans alone consume, in one way or another more than four billion lemons a year.
In this enticing cookbook there are 118 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, celebrating the lemon's inimitable flavor. The authors have included a number of the great classics, like avgolemono, Chinese lemon chicken, and lemon meringue pie, but what makes this book a culinary delight are the fresh, innovative dishes. The fish chapter introduces a spicy bluefish with pickled lemons; there is a delicate scallop and mushroom salad; a piquant lemon sesame dressing; a bracing lemon ice cream, and many other recipes that present the lemon and the food it graces in simple but elegant and unusual ways.
The witty drawings of Kimble Mead are a perfect accompaniement to The Compleat Lemon's approach to food.
'A wholly appropriate glorification of the most gustatorially flexible of fruit. Written with wit and grace, The Compleat Lemon offers a fine range of appealing recipes.'
Anthony Dias Blue
CBS Radio food critic and,
Contributing Editor of International Review of Food and Wine
Chris Casson Madden (born New York 1948;) is a highly succesful author, television host, interior designer, and publicist based in New York.
After writing two cookbooks in the 1970s, Madden embarked on a career as an interior designer, designing her own range of furniture, appearing on her own design Television show and writing numerous design titles.