5-Ingredient Mediterranean Cookbook Review

5-Ingredient Mediterranean Cookbook Review

Title: 5-Ingredient Mediterranean Cookbook: 101 Easy & Flavorful Recipes for Every Day
Author: Denise Hazime
Published: March 24, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 156
Cover Price: $16.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Everyone knows that Mediterranean food is healthy and delicious. However, sometimes we don’t have time to prepare it properly. Denise Hazime grew up in a Lebanese family, and knows the ins and outs of Mediterranean cooking. She presents it in 5-Ingredient Mediterranean Cookbook: 101 Easy & Flavorful Recipes for Every Day, an excellent cookbook that contains dozens of recipes that are quick and easy since they have only five ingredients. That is not to say that the recipes don’t measure up to recipes with long lists of ingredients; in fact, these simple recipes are actually mouthwatering, and busy cooks will appreciate the simplicity.

Of course this cookbook contains sections on ingredients and hints on shopping for the best ingredients, but it’s the variety of the recipes that really stands out. Hazime’s recipe for hummus is excellent, and since hummus is popular on its own as a dip and also popular as an accompaniment to main dishes, this is a recipe everyone will want to make. There are a lot of traditional Mediterranean recipes included in this cookbook, and dozens of lesser known dishes that are hard to resist. Included are appetizers and dips, as well as side dishes, meats, fish, and poultry dishes, and vegetarian side dishes that are perfect for everyone. At the beginning of each recipe, Hazime has labeled important facts such as gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, etc. This is helpful for anyone who prepares meals for those on special diets.

The recipes are easy-to-follow and whether a beginning cook or a veteran cook, they will easily turn out picture perfect. Unfortunately, photographs are at a minimum, and it would have been nice to see what the finished dishes should look like. However, every recipe tried so far has turned out perfectly. The queue for preparing new dishes for friends and family is growing every time I open the book, and it is exciting to know that there are dozens of recipes waiting to be prepared and served.

This is an excellent cookbook for busy cooks, since there are minimal ingredients that are easily obtained. Highly recommended.

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

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