The Essential Saffron Companion

The Essential Saffron Companion showcases one of the worlds most expensive food ingredients and spices. Here you will find more than 100 recipes from different regions of the world, along with a guide to saffron: purchasing it, storing it, and cooking with it. 


Format: Softcover, 160 pages. 

Copyright: 1998 

Publisher: Ten Speed Press 

Author: John Humphries 

ISBN: 9781580080248

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Description: Saffron is the magical ingredient in some of our favorite foods, from paella to hollandaise, bouillabase to garam masala. Amazingly, just one pinch imbues any dish with an unmistakable fiery glow and heady aroma. And thank goodness it only takes one pinch! Throughout history, saffron has cost more per ounce than any other spice, sometimes even out-pricing gold. That high price is not unwarranted: saffron is the hand-picked and dried, bright red stigma of the regal crocus, and it takes 5,200 of them to make just one ounce of the precious threads. 

In The Essential Saffron Companion, British saffron importer and expert John Humphries tells the fascinating story of this mysterious spice, exploring its Spanish roots and sharing over 100 recipes from around the world. Humphries also includes advice on buying, storing, and using saffron in the kitchen and for its other age-old applications, as a dye and medicinal elixir. You'll discover that saffron did not come by its reputation overnight, that it predates the Bible and has figured significantly in the culture and commerce of ancient Greece, Persia, Rome, and England. 

In Humphries's quest to find the finest saffron available, he has gathered a world-class collection of saffron recipes from Italy, France, India, Persia, Sweden, eastern Europe, and Spain, among others. Some of them are classic favorites and others are little known outside their countries' borders, but all are as tantalizing as: 

  • Swedish Saffron Buns with Almonds 
  • Persian Saffron Rice Pudding 
  • Risotto of Saffron and Zucchini Blossoms 
  • Eggplant Cakes with Saffron Salmon and Endive 


This vibrantly illustrated guide will inspire food lovers to savor the rich history, mystical lore, and robust flavor of this inimitable spice. 


Condition: Good condition. 

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