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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Delicious Jewels to Whet the Appetite

Hemmerle, renowned jewelry designer, and acclaimed chef and cookery writer Tamasin Day-Lewis have combined their talents in this unusual but expressive, beautifully photographed book. Called the “vegetable collection,” Hemmerle presents 11 brooches and one pair of earrings inspired by mother earth’s bounty. As is always the case with Hemmerle, the best ingredients are combined with superb craftsmanship to create sparkling replicas of foods from the garden. Among the bounty: the sparkling “Red Pepper,” of copper, white gold, silver, and garnets; the artichoke’s intricate symmetry presented in copper, white gold, and purple sapphires; and the shimmering beauty of “Sweet Corn,” created in silver, yellow and white gold, oriental pearls, and white diamonds, to name just a few delights.

Mixed in with this unique jewelry collection, again using only the best ingredients combined with her own chefly artistry, Day-Lewis provides recipes for making the most of the garden’s offerings. “Vegetables,” she says, “are the jewels of the earth.” She speaks lovingly of her grandmother’s garden where vegetables were “brought up to the house every morning . . . heaps of small, sweet carrots like waxy, whiskery orange candles; tiny pebbles of new potatoes; slim, shiny broad bean pods, firm-flowered caulis” and so much more. In this volume, she complements Hemmerle’s creations with those from her kitchen.

There is no doubt that Delicious Jewels (Prestel 2011 ) appeals to both our heavenly and earthly longings—no need to wait for Happy Hour to indulge!

For more about Hemmerle

For More about Tamasin Day-Lewis

Enjoy the feast . . . 

-- Rosemary Carstens

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