I'm nearing my 35th birthday and I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to write a cookbook like this one. This book is everything a cookbook should be. The recipes are appealing, delicious and very do-able. And it's written like a work of fiction. A fantastic work of fiction.
You see, when I read a cookbook, I don't read it for the recipes. Or at least not only for the recipes. I read it for the narrative and the stories. I love the morsels that the author throws in giving the history or background of the recipes she's sharing. I know, I'm weird, but I have cookbooks on my night table. I read cookbooks for pleasure.
Whether you're weird like me, or just looking for a good source for easy new recipes, please buy this book! It's just wonderful to read, and the recipes are lovely.
I've only tried a few, but couldn't wait to blog about this amazing addition to my collection. The Zucchini with Mint and Garlic is a classic and the Roasted Spiced Cauliflower is wonderful. I'm looking forward to trying the Creme Brulee French Toast soon. (I'll let you know when I do.)What I like about this book
I love a cookbook that reads like fiction. This one really does. While the recipes are the focus of the book, each one is prefaced by a beautifully written story that tells you how the recipe came to be. Delightfully written.
What I don't like about it
I don't have much to criticize. I'm a real stickler for food photos, so it was disappointing not to have any.
|How’s the food?||Yuk.||Nothing to write home about.||Good enough to make again.||Wow. I’d eat it every day.|
|Are the recipes easy to follow?||Nope.||Pretty much.||Yes, the instructions are clear.||Terrifically written, even for a novice cook.|
|Is it a good read?||Yuk.||Readable but nothing special.||Sure.||Great reading. I’d keep it on my night table.|
|How do you like the design of the book?||Yuk.||Alright.||Good.||Flat out fantastic.|