The Modern Larder Cookbook Review

The Modern Larder Cookbook Review

Title: The Modern Larder: From Anchovies to Yuzu, a Guide to Artful and Attainable Home Cooking
Author: Michelle McKenzie
Published: September 28, 2021, Roost Books
No. of Pages: 284
Cover Price: $40.00 Hardcover, $24.99 Kindle

New ingredients are being introduced often, and some become very trendy. Many cooks see new ingredients, purchase them, and try to find ways to use them. The Modern Larder: From Anchovies to Yuzu, a Guide to Artful and Attainable Home Cooking by Michelle McKenzie gives us everything we need to understand some of these new ingredients, and then supplies us with recipes to use them in. Many of the recipes are of the “tree hugger” variety, but there are also a few recipes in this cookbook that real people may want to cook.

Unfortunately, many of the recipes are not simple to put together and require plenty of time and a long list of ingredients. There are some interesting recipes that many may want to try, but many are too involved and strange, and won’t be something people will cook. However, the recipes are written in the traditional manner, and are easy to follow.

Most cooks will need to visit specialty, ethnic, and internet stores to purchase many of the ingredients. Some, however, are available at regular grocery stores, and as they gain in popularity, they become easier to find.

Frankly, this is a book that is for cooks who want to expand their recipe repertoire and are not afraid of new tastes. It is definitely not for busy cooks who prefer to whip out dishes in a hurry and for those who don’t keep a lot of ingredients on hand. This book is only recommended for those who have a curiosity about new foods and are willing to take the time to make them.

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

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