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Home Made Summer by Yvette Van Boven

imagesHome Made Summer is a beautifully designed book.  It’s a cookbook written by Yvette Van Boven, with wonderful photography by Oof Verschuren.  Every second page contains a full page photo of the ingredients/recipe item.  The book is from stewart tabori & chang, an imprint of Abrams.  It’s appropriately European in context, given Van Boven’s day-to-day life in Amsterdam, Paris and Provence.  The recipes themselves are remarkably simple and feature the abundance of summer gardens.  Among those I have tried are Basil Canteloupe Soup, Salad with Fennel, Dates, and Parmesan, and Scallop Ceviche.  Yvette van Boven, born in Ireland from Dutch parents, divides her time between Amsterdam and Paris.   She is a freelance food stylist, recipe writer and columnist. She owns, together with her cousin Joris Vermeer, a restaurant & catering company in Amsterdam, called Aan de Amstel.  Yvette also works as an illustrator for either editorial or commercial clients.  Her work has appeared in magazines or newspapers such as Bon Appétit, Delicious, Elle FoodRed, Food & Wine, Volkskrant, Flow, Margriet, and many books.  She is the culinary editor for the woman’s weekly Libelle magazine.  Together with her husband, photographer Oof Verschuren, she made a number of cookbooks from scratch.  TCPL also owns Home Made.  She blogs at and brings both a refreshing visual style to her blog and an informal tone.

Amy P.

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