Yo­ghurt is recipe in au­thor’s book quest

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A FOOD pho­tog­ra­pher from Tyther­ing­ton who has con­trib­uted to more than 40 cook­books has writ­ten one of his own.

Ilian Iliev’s ‘Cook­ing With Yo­ghurt’ re­flects his Bul­gar­ian back­ground, as yo­ghurt is one of the main in­gre­di­ents used in the coun­try’s cui­sine.

The book con­tains 170 recipes from all parts of the world in­clud­ing Asia, Europe and Africa and fea­tures recipes from Ilian’s child­hood.

The fa­ther-of-three, who lives on Ken­twell Drive with wife Tsveta and their chil­dren, said: “I think peo­ple will be cu­ri­ous to see how yo­ghurt can be used in lots of cook­ing and not just in desserts.

“My book is fo­cussed on healthy liv­ing and some of my recipes use yo­ghurt in­stead of the un­health­ier al­ter­na­tives of cream and may­on­naise.

“One of my favourite dessert recipes is tiramisu with yo­ghurt.

“And one Bri­tish peo­ple might find more un­usual is a cold yo­ghurt soup with car­rot, which is re­ally re­fresh­ing in hot weather.”

Ilian, 50, is not only a food pho­tog­ra­pher.

His work has cov­ered sub­jects as di­verse as the soli­tude of life as a monk and the bru­tal hor­rors of war.

But his love of cook­ing inspired him to turn his lens on food.

He said: “The book took about a year to cre­ate and I re­ally en­joyed it.

“All the recipes in it have been tested on my friends and fam­ily too.”

That fam­ily in­cludes daugh­ter Amelie, 12, who is Ilian’s main cook­ing part­ner at home.

Ilian said: “Amelie and I do all the cook­ing to­gether.”

The pho­tog­ra­pher’s first book will be fol­lowed by a sec­ond which he has al­ready fin­ished writ­ing.

The sub­ject of that one is cook­ing with cheese, fo­cussing on one food be­ing a theme he favours. He said: “When I was writ­ing it I found some un­ex­pected recipes such as cheese choco­lates.”

‘Cook­ing With Yo­ghurt’ is pub­lished by New Hol­land pub­lish­ers in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia and is avail­able for pre-or­der on Ama­zon now.

●● Au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher Ilian Iliev

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