Milk Street: The New Rules Cookbook Review

Milk Street:  The New Rules Cookbook Review

Title: Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook
Author: Christopher Kimball
Published: October 15, 2019, Voracious
No. of Pages: 336
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover

Who else, but Christopher Kimball, celebrated television chef and cookbook author, is qualified to change the long followed cooking rules? Milk Street: The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook is an innovative cookbook with new ways to cook almost everything. The recipes reflect Kimball’s style of working with foods until they turn out perfectly. The cookbook is actually brilliant, and cooks, both beginning and advanced will learn new techniques that will help them be more efficient in the kitchen.

The cookbook has beautiful photographs of most of the mouthwatering dishes, and succinct, easy-to-follow instructions. Kimball doesn’t use time-saving appliances, so the recipes can be made easily in small kitchens or kitchens without gadgets.

The recipes are collected from all over the world, and fit with the direction of modern food. There are dozens of Asian recipes, as well as Latin, Italian, and Middle Eastern. A few require a trip to a specialty store, but the recipes turn out so well, it is well-worth it. The book includes information modern cooks need, like a primer on chilies, which spices and spice mixes should be in the kitchen at all times, and a primer on modern ingredients.

For those who like cocktails, there is an excellent section on them, and new ways to serve them as only Kimball could present. Other than that, there are dozens of salads (a favorite is a Moroccan Carrot Salad which goes well with his excellent recipe for a scrumptious Toasted Pearl Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas). The recipes are unique, innovative, and appealing. Favorites include Chinese Sesame-Scallion Bread for those who like to bake, as well as Mexican Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Cutlets with Carrot-Cashew Salad. In a lesson on meatballs and how to keep them from falling apart while cooking, Kimball presents Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (yum!), a dozen or so pasta dishes that are irresistible, and pizzas and flatbreads. Kimball makes good use of vegetables, greens, chicken, beef, pork, and seafood.

This excellent cookbook should definitely be on every cookbook shelf. It makes a good gift for a bride to be, as well as those who might need a little help with their cooking. Fans of Kimball, as well as those new to him will love this book and the recipes will keep everyone learning new techniques and shortcuts for years. Highly recommended.

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

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