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The Pesto Cookbook: 116 Recipes for Creative Herb Combinations and Dishes Bursting with Flavor – Book Review

Have you ever tasted pesto? It is the herb-rich sauce that is the key ingredient in many Italian recipes. The Pesto Cookbook: 116 Recipes for Creative Herb Combinations and Dishes Bursting with Flavor by Olwen Woodier introduces the reader to a world full of possibilities when it comes to creating pesto sauce.

The Ultimate Pesto Cookbook

This cookbook focuses entirely on pesto. The classic ingredient made from basil, garlic, olive oil, nuts, and Parmesan cheese. But the author, Olwen Woodier, makes innovation the secret ingredient for pesto. So you get as many as 116 recipes combining ingredients you could never imagine tasting in pesto.

The author has created recipes from a combination of unthinkable ingredients like rosemary, mint, parsley, thyme, tarragon, and cilantro. This book gives an in-depth knowledge about the favorite Italian sauce and also offers useful tips on cooking it.

The book also busts certain common myths surrounding the sauce. Here are 3 of them.

  1. If you have never made pesto sauce at home because of the requirements of high-priced nuts, the author offers a simple solution. He informs the readers that they don’t necessarily have to use those expensive and hard to find nuts for the recipe. Almonds, pistachios, peanuts, etc. will work perfectly well.
  2. You could use pesto sauce with other sauces like mayonnaise, vinaigrette, marinara and more. You can combine pesto with the other sauces to create a more delicious and thicker base for your dishes.
  3. Pesto sauce doesn’t mean only for pastas, pizzas and other Italian dishes. Pesto sauce works wonders in Mexican, Thai, or Japanese food.


The Pesto Cookbook is very impressive with its unique recipes, cooking techniques and information about the pesto and other sauces. The innovative recipes not only sound and look delicious but taste incredibly awesome. They are super easy to make and can be used in almost all the dishes. We rate it 4.5/5 stars.