The Fondue Bible: The 200 Best Recipes

The Fondue Bible: The 200 Best Recipes


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200 recipes for easy entertaining with fondue cooking. In addition to cheese and chocolate recipes, some with non-traditional variations, the book includes hot oil fondues and savory broth fondues, as well as dips and sauces to compliment the meal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778801665
Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date: 05/05/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,239,885
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Ilana Simon is a food writer, editor and author of 125 Best Fondue Recipes and 125 Best Indoor Grill Recipes. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Table of Contents


Fondue Essentials
  • Fondues past and present
  • Choosing and using fondue equipment
  • What to use for cheese fondues
  • What to use for oil fondues
  • What to use for broth fondues
  • What to use for dessert fondues
  • A word about fondue utensils
  • Firing up the fondue menu
  • Four Fondue Fables
  • Choosing beverages to accompany fondues
  • What to do with leftovers
  • Adapting your favorite recipe for the fondue
  • Fon-Do's (and Don'ts)
Cheese Fondues
  • Ingredients
  • Preparation
  • In the fondue pot
  • Serving the fondue
  • 46 recipes
Oil Fondues
  • Ingredients
  • In the fondue pot
  • Serving the fondue
  • 43 recipes
Broth Fondues
  • Ingredients
  • In the fondue pot
  • Serving the fondue
  • 59 recipes
Dessert Fondues
  • Ingredients
  • Preparing the fondue
  • In the fondue pot
  • Serving the fondue
  • 43 recipes
Dips and Sauces
  • 29 recipes




There's something unique about sharing a fondue with family and friends around your table. Everyone is relaxed — including the host and the pace of the intimate meal is as leisurely as you want.

For anyone old enough to remember the 1970s, the fondue also carries with it a certain nostalgia. Remember those college and apres ski fondue parties? The obligatory fondue pot given as a bridal shower or wedding gift? Well, fondues are back, and once again, it's hip to dip!

In recent years, sales of fondue pots — ranging from traditional flameburning fondues to the sleek, new, easy-to-use electric versions — have skyrocketed. You'll find them everywhere, on cookware websites and on the shelves of kitchen stores. Restaurants devoted to fondue have cropped up around North America, and new generations are discovering the allure of the fondue tradition.

Fonduing is a fun and easy way to entertain and is more sociable than your typical dinner party. But you needn't wait for a special occasion to get retro and partake in no-fuss fondue. In today's fast-paced world, a romantic, lingering fondue for two offers an opportunity to enjoy one another's company while savoring melted comfort food.

Fondue is also an ideal way to spend quality time together as a family, and kids of all ages love to participate in cooking their own food especially when it involves chocolate! But don't discount other unhurried fondues with the junior set. Try dishes such as Pizza Fondue (page 57), Child-Friendly Mexican Fondue (page 49), Chicken Nuggets oil fondue (page 103), "Fried" Mars Bar Fondue (page 121) and Shrimp in Mexican Broth (page 188), to name a few.

Today's fondue goes well beyond the standard duo of cheese and chocolate — though I have included an array of traditional fondue dishes such as Classic Swiss Cheese
Fondue (page 28) and Classic Beef Bourguignonne (page 78). But international cooking styles present a plethora of fondue possibilities, such as Mongolian Hot Pot (page 160), Japanese Sukiyaki (page 142) and tempura (page 120), spicy Indian curries and Mexican bubbling cheese fondues, as well as simmering Middle Eastern, Thai and Italian broths. And unlike the fondues of yesterday — never exactly low in fat — many of the new varieties have a healthier twist, with fresh foods swished in flavorful broths instead of oil. One of my all-time favorite fondues in The Fondue Bible is the Paella Fondue (page 144), a sensational broth fondue that takes its inspiration from saffron-infused paella and is the ideal centerpiece at a fondue party.

Still, cheese and oil fondues continue to play an important role in creating a contemporary fondue feast. So, in addition to dipping French bread into creamy Swiss cheese fondue or spearing beef tenderloin into sizzling hot oil, with the recipes in this book you can indulge in Truffle Fondue (page 55) or Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Fondue (page 64), or take a stab at Coconut Shrimp (page 112) or Moroccan Meatball (page 91) oil fondues.

And don't forget that, despite our culture's calorie-counting obsession, decadent desserts still reign supreme — and in moderation, why not? Chocolate lovers will be thrilled by the extensive compilation of dessert fondues in this book, including various types of chocolate paired with complementary flavors such as maple, cherry, coffee, peanut butter and mint. You'll even find a delicious Diabetic Chocolate Fondue (page 211) that holds its own. Also included is a dizzying array of other sweet sensations, ranging from caramel to rum and butter to key lime.

Ultimately, fonduing is all about fun and relaxation. For the host, a fondue party requires only a little shopping, chopping, marinating and grating.
After that, it's the guests who do the work: cooking, dipping, dunking and devouring.

Fire, food and friendship appeal to our primitive urges — think cavemen and cavewomen huddling around a campfire, spearing meat and cooking over fire. A fondue party offers a chance to recreate (well, kind of) this fabled scenario. It's a cozy meal focused on a pot over fire in which guests cook their skewered meat while enjoying good conversation, good food and good times.


Ilana Simon

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Fondue Bible 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
erin528 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I looked at many fondue cookbooks before deciding to purchase this one. We made an amazing fondue dinner for our friends' bachelor/bachelorette party. We started with swiss cheese fondue, then curry chicken broth, and mocha fudge fondue for dessert. All of them exceeded our expectations! We love that the book offers a lot of suggestions on food pairings and sauces to go with each fondue. Even though there are no pictures, the cookbook is easy to read, is very user-friendly, and most recipes contain ingredients that are easy to find and aren't all exotic. It's easy to find what you're looking for. We'll never buy another fondue book because this one has more than enough recipes to last a lifetime!
the_archivist More than 1 year ago
"The Fondue Bible" is a very useful fondue cookbook. It contains old standards like cheese fondues and of course the best loved chocolate fondue recipes. In addition to these old standards fondues there are Mediterranean fondue dishes like Falafal included which gives the book a new twist from those fondue cookbooks from the 1970s. If you're a chocolate lover there are many variations on the chocolate fondue including recipes for white chocolate fondue. This book would make a great gift for someone just starting out learning to fondue or for those that are experienced at the art of table cooking.
Bibliophiliac More than 1 year ago
It truly is the fondue bible! it's an absolute must have for fondue enthusiast, or for someone who's looking to try it, but doesn't know where to start. I wanted to put on a very nice fondue party for 6 for Valentine's-Which is also my anniversary. I've been to the Melting Pot in the last year and wanted to put something on that would be equivalent to that. It was fantastic! Everything I needed, plus fun traditions and ideas, was in this book. The instructions are very easy to follow and the recipes come out suppurb! There's also many great photo's to get you ideas if you don't know what to start with! Highly recommended!
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