Maggie’s Verjuice Cookbook Maggie Beer (Lantern, $39.95) VERJUICE is an ingredient Beer can’t live without and she was the first in the world to market it commercially, under her eponymous condiments label. It’s fitting that she has now produced a book on how to use it.
I have a bottle of this juice of unfermented grapes in my pantry and until now have been at a loss as to what to do with it. But this compilation of more than 100 recipes using the gentle acidulant reveals I’ve been missing a trick.
A splash can liven up scallops with preserved lemon and caper butter, and it’s a must in everything from roast chook to chestnut pannacotta with poached pears and chocolate sauce. Who knew?
Now where’s that bottle
Nikki Rose, front right, with a tour group in Crete