A Meatloaf in Every Oven Cookbook Review

A Meatloaf in Every Oven Cookbook Review

Title: A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's
Author: Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer
Published: February 7, 2017, Grand Central Life & Style
No. of Pages: 272
Cover Price: $24.00 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Although few really admit that meatloaf is their favorite dish, most likely because it is a carryover from the 60s and doesn’t usually contain super foods (and isn’t grain free, and doesn’t contain trendy ingredients, etc.), it definitely has endured. Almost everyone will agree that meatloaf is quintessential comfort food. Most families have their own special meatloaf recipe. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a change. Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer have come together to create an excellent cookbook, A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's, containing not only excellent meatloaf recipes, but vignettes and bantering prose that will keep everyone entertained for hours.

Although there are plenty of recipes for traditional flavored meatloaves, such as Senator Susan Collins’s Bipartisan Loaf (which my husband loved), and Annie Miller’s Home-Style Loaf with Cheddar and Parsley, and Painter’s Meatloaf (named because of specks of colored vegetables), there are versions of meatloaves that incorporate trendy ingredients such as Chicken Curry Masala Loaf and Jerk Chicken Loaf. One loaf that was excellent was Homely Homey Blue and Bacon Loaf; leftovers made scrumptious cold meatloaf sandwiches.

There is something in this book for everyone – those who love meatloaf, and those who don’t. There are fancy recipes for food snobs, healthier recipes for those trying to improve their health, and recipes for those who are on the ongoing and constantly changing bandwagon (gluten free, Paleo, etc.). There are loaves made with beef, lamb, chicken, and pork, as well as seafood, and, even meatless loaves for vegetarians. Every loaf I have tried has turned out perfectly. The directions are easy to follow and many recipes call for ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

The one drawback to this cookbook is that there are no pictures. The book does contain some illustrations, but colored pictures of the various meatloaves are definitely missing, and most of us like to know what our finished dish should look like.

If you are a meatloaf aficionado, this is one of the best meatloaf cookbooks out there. It is recommended because all of us have days we need real comfort food; this book will deliver.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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