March 21, 2016

Brodo, a Bone Broth Cookbook - a Book Review


What is the first thing you think of eating when you have a cold or flu? Chicken broth, right? The clear, flavorful broth made from fresh chicken and vegetables restores your soul as well as your body.


Such is the premise behind the bone broth movement. Chef Marco Canora points out the healthful benefits of drinking bone broth in his book Brodo, a Bone Broth Cookbook, published by the Crown Publishing Group.
"No longer just a building block for soups and sauces, bone broths are now being embraced for their innumerable health benefits, from cultivating a healthier gut to greater resistance to colds and other illnesses."
Chef Canora shares directions for many different broths including beef, chicken and his signature "hearth broth" plus delicious add-ins such as roasted garlic puree. He also suggests places to obtain grass-fed bones. His recipes aren't just for bone broths, there are shellfish and seaweed broths and a frugal "end-of-the-month broth", plus suggested ingredients for broth bowls.

Grass-fed beef bones
Roasted beef bones 

I've made chicken broth from scratch for my family for many years, and after reading this book I made beef broth from the bones of the grass-fed steer we raised for the freezer. I followed the recipe for Grass-Fed Beef Broth, roasting the bones first, then simmering them with vegetables and herbs. I have home-grown pork in the freezer too and will be trying the pork broth recipe next, which is flavored with apple cider and rosemary.

Making bone broth does take several hours, but the actual hands-on time required is minimal. When finished, the broth is strained into jars and cooled in the refrigerator. Any fat solidifies on top and is easily removed with a spoon, leaving a healthy, flavorful broth to sip or to add to soups, stews and other dishes.

French onion soup made with bone broth
French Onion Soup made with beef bone broth

Brodo, a Bone Broth Cookbook is a beautiful high-quality book with thick pages and eye-pleasing full color photos. It's an excellent resource for your healthy kitchen. I appreciated Chef Canora's straightforward style, although his language was a bit more down-to-earth than I'm used to reading. If you're interested in learning about the healthy benefits of bone broth and having a collection of delicious broth recipes in one place, I recommend Brodo, a Bone Broth Cookbook.



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