My review of Three Sisters Bake, Published in May issue of Scottish Home and Country.
Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes for Everyday
by Gillian, Nichola and Linsey Reith
published by Hardie Grant
It’s refreshing to see a new cookbook that’s Scottish and not written by celebrity chefs. The Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes for Every Day, featuring beautiful bright food, is the icing on the cake for Renfrewshire sisters, Gillian, Nichola and Lindsay Reith. The book follows the success of their casual café dining and craft boutique, Three Sisters Bake, situated in the small and historic village of Quarriers, in Bridge of Weir.
Gillian says their approach to food is simple: “Delighting the senses, cooking delicious things that look as good as they taste to enjoy with friends and family”. With a granny owning a sweet shop, their mum a home economics teacher, and the girls’ experience of cooking and tasting their way around the world, the sisters are now following their culinary dream. Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes for Every Day is so much more than just another baking book, with its eclectic range of hearty classics, along with modern and quirky recipes. The youthful, energetic and fresh feel of the book, with warm, lively stories behind the food will appeal to all levels of home cooks. There’s the occasional wee Scottish twist, with recipes for lazy brunches, including the traditional Tattie Scone Stack, made with the famous Stornoway Black Pudding. Heartier classics for dinners include Chicken and Ham Hock Pie along with a Swanky Mac and Cheese. There are appealing sharing platters and lighter lunches of colourful soups and salads such as Barley and Blueberry Salad and Lentil and Apricot Soup.
The girls’ love of colour is evident in the beautifully styled photographs. Eye catching dishes like Salmon Sandwich with Beetroot and Walnut Pâté and Tomato, Rocket and Feta Soup, show the recipes at their best. Scenic shots of the Scottish countryside, picnics on the beach, vintage crockery and fresh flowers, all add to the appeal of the book. RG