Cook Beautiful Cookbook Review
|October 10, 2017, Abrams
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|$35.00 Hardcover, $14.27 Kindle
Athena Calderone, the writer behind the popular food and lifestyle blog, EyeSwoon, has released an excellent cookbook, Cook Beautiful which emphasizes her viewpoints on making delicious, beautiful food. Of course there are phenomenal photographs, of most, not all, of the mouthwatering recipes, as well as lifestyle photos. Calderone is beautiful, and her personality, which seems to come through in the prose in the cookbook, is beautiful, too.
There are dozens of excellent, simple recipes, that are easy to follow. Many have a Greek or Middle Eastern influence, but are down-to-earth enough that everyone, even picky eaters, will enjoy preparing and eating them.
The Mustardy Smashed New Potatoes with Jalapeño Gremolata is quite easy and the results were devoured quickly. The Fish Tacos with Pickled Cabbage and Pineapple Salsa were delicious and will be made Chops with Shallots, Fennel, and Watercress – Yum! Other recipes in the queue are Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Dukkah and Watercress Pesto, Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata, Slow Roasted Arctic Char with Cranberry Chutney, and Chickpea-Merguez Hash. That’s just the start. There is a good variety of main and side dishes that will keep everyone cooking for weeks.
Calderone hasn’t skimped on dessert recipes: There is a decadent Lime Raspberry Tart as well as Grilled Plums with Pistachio Brittle, Peach and Blackberry Crostatas, and a Cardamom-Cognac Apple Cake to name a few.
The recipes are organized according to season, using seasonal ingredients. They are succinct, and written in such a way that cooks on every level of expertise can successfully prepare them with picture perfect results. This is a great book to give as a gift, and will keep the recipients happily cooking beautiful dishes for a very long time.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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