80 Great Recipes!

Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
139 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2013
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Author Biography

Renee Benzaim is a retired Paralegal with a background in real estate and personal injury law. She took her Paralegal training while living in Hawaii and then moved to California's Central Valley where she worked for several years in the legal field.

She recognized her love for writing and research when she was in the third grade and put those passions to good use in her Paralegal work. In college, her major was Administration of Justice and all three segments - law enforcement, judicial, and corrections have been part of her life experience.

She has published three non-fiction books through the various Amazon sites and SmashWords, and her new female detective novel, "Cause of Death", set in Kern County, California. It features fictional Homicide Detective Annie Avants and her partner Detective Tom Weston. This novel is #1 of the "Annie Avants" series. The second novel, "Damage Control" is due to be published by the end of 2013

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Salsa!: 80 Great Recipes! by Renee Benzaim, is a collection of recipes that will leave your mouth watering and will have you heading out of the door to run to your local farmer’s market. Benzaim begins with a brief introduction to describe what exactly salsa is as well as her own experience with salsa, including the many varieties, over the years. This cookbook is divided into four main sections. The first section is a collection of fresh salsa recipes, meaning that all the ingredients are fresh. The second section in the book is filled with various types of fruit salsas. The next section contains recipes that are cooked salsas or salsa that contains some canned or bottled ingredients. The last section is a group of Benzaim’s favorite recipes to accompany salsa, including a recipe for flour tortillas, varieties of guacamole, and taco seasoning, to name a few.

Renee Benzaim has opened my eyes to the many varieties of salsa in her cookbook, Salsa!: 80 Great Recipes! I enjoy eating salsa often; however it is usually with the same types of food each time, such as tacos or tortilla chips. After opening up this cookbook, I feel as if I have so many things to try; not only salsa recipes that sound delicious and vary from the typical variety, but also foods to accompany salsa and be enjoyed together. My favorite feature of Benzaim’s cookbook is how the recipes are divided; this makes planning which recipe to make so much easier as it depends on the type of salsa one wishes to make and enjoy, not only the ingredients but the cooking style as well.