Top positive review
Approchable recipes with excellent results
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
This is a solid collection of relatively quick and approachable recipes, which is something Ina is well known for. Her passion for good food, entertaining with small groups and laid back easy living always makes for a good mix. These recipes are no different… some even super simple, but simultaneously elevated.
There is certainly a comfort angle within this book and this may be the cookbook to get us all through the never ending pandemic. None of the recipes are super new or ground breaking, but frankly they work, are familiar yet updated, and there is some sophistication about that during these strange times.
Rather than dwelling on the the age old, “What do you want to eat?” Not only are there recipes for lunch and dinner, but drinks, dips, treats and more. Most of the ingredients aren’t fussy and Ina exudes that kin-keeping Motherly edge of taking our minds off of things with a glorious array of foods. (Thanks for that, Ina!)
The index of recipes is in the back of the book, which is helpful to note as the header pages simply list the recipes in order as opposed to listing the page.
So far I have made the Salmorejo with heirloom tomatoes, chicken pot pie soup with puff pastry croutons, roasted broccolini and cheddar (I added lemon for more brightness), and the black and white cookies to start, but would like to make the majority of the book.
It’s worth noting those black and white cookies are incredibly authentic and like a trip to New York City. I made a double batch to share with neighbors and everyone in my family was asking if we really had to give them away. Start with that one if you love cookies!
Seriously though... make those black and whites. I've tried other recipes and end up disappointed, but this is the one!
I will be reaching for this book in the coming months as I focus on the positive aspects of the pandemic - having many meals to make with family and neighbors to cook and bake for. Focusing on those small moments of joy and things in my control with a good meal make me feel like things may eventually be OK after all.
I’ve received a free copy from Clarkson Potter in exchange for a free and unbiased review, but this is a book that I will be gifting to others to bring some modern comfort to their lives.