The Flexible Family Cookbook Review

The Flexible Family Cookbook Review

Title: The Flexible Family Cookbook: 75 quick and easy recipes with over 200 options to keep the whole family happy
Author: Jo Pratt
Published: September 8, 2020, Frances Lincoln
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover

Jo Pratt understands how families need flexibility when serving meals – one member may be gluten free, another can’t handle dairy, and another may be a vegetarian. In her excellent cookbook, The Flexible Family Cookbook: 75 quick and easy recipes with over 200 options to keep the whole family happy, she presents recipes that people will actually want to cook and eat, along with suggestions on making them fit with dietary guidelines for individual family members. The recipes are excellent and mouthwatering, and there are beautiful photographs of many of the dishes. Although most want pictures of every dish and this book doesn’t go quite that far, there are enough photos to make the book interesting and show just what many of the finished results should look like.

As is Jo Pratt’s style (she has previously authored several excellent cookbooks), the recipes are written in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner, so anyone – from beginner to experienced – can make these recipes. There is a good variety, too, including Mexican, Indian, American, Middle Eastern, and European influences to make it fun and to introduce new flavors. Most of the recipes are fairly easy, and won’t keep busy cooks in the kitchen too long. So far, every dish has turned out picture perfect and it’s easy to trust the recipes. The “to make” queue gets longer at every reading.

While a few recipes call for ingredients that aren’t readily available at larger grocery stores, most of us have good ethnic stores in our cities; alternately, some of the more exotic ingredients can be found online.

Once again, Jo Pratt has done an excellent job; this cookbook is highly recommended.

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

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