From Tree to Table – Maple Syrup Cookbook

Who would think sap from a tree could make everything taste so good?  Ken Haedrich knows all about it and writes in his Maple Syrup Cookbook.

I once lived close to an area in Ontario known for producing maple syrup yet never visited.  Radio stations and newspapers would announce that visitors were welcome. That late winter/early spring was still too cold and dismal to venture out on the weekends.  A decision I now regret after reading about the gathering and production of this sweet product.  How many times have I grabbed some off the store shelf without knowing about the four grades and that bottled was better because the tin cans rust and that it should be stored in the freezer.

I dove into this book with the usual — Classic Pancakes.  The recipe produced a soft fluffy cakey centre with a slightly crunchy edge.  A real comfort food.  Death by Chocolate Waffles will be for next weekend.  Or perhaps Banana Crepes in Maple Rum Sauce.  

It’s that time of year when the zucchini should be taking over your garden.  How about Maple Lemon Zucchini Bread?   With Maple Cream Cheese Spread.   But maple syrup is not only for breakfast.

Then I proceeded to vegetables. Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts went so well with my pina colada rice and pan seared shrimp.  I noticed that several recipes used Dijon mustard to cut the sweetness.

Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts Now I’m looking forward to trying:

  • Sweet Potato and Bacon Bisque
  • Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Yankee Style
  • Orange Maple Wings
  • Beet and Pear Relish
  • Salmon with Mango Salsa
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Cashew Salad
  • Black Bottom Cheesecake Bars
  • French Canadian Maple Sugar Pie
  • Thai Inspired Mushroom Salad

And summer salads will be treated to a tossing with:

  • Creamy Maple Syrup Dressing
  • Maple Balsamic Dressing
  • Lemon Basil Salad Dressing

It certainly has been a long while since I’ve come across a cookbook with more than a dozen must-try recipes.  I’ll be purchasing this book for Canadians friends as well.  Maple syrup is a natural resource they shouldn’t be missing.

Plus I will be looking for more books by this author.

Thank you to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this advance copy in exchange for my personal opinions.

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Third Edition edition (December 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612126642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612126647
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