The angle: For every occasion, there is a feast — from an afternoon scrounging for treasures at a flea market to the first snow day
Recipes for right now: Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies, Turkish-Style Eggs with Yogurt, Mini Strawberry Cakes, Grilled Fennel & Watermelon Salad, BBQ Ribs with Coffee Mole Sauce, Cantaloupe Campari Granita
Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who love to throw gatherings big and small.
• Who wrote it: Diana Yen
• Who published it: Roost Books
• Other highlights: I realized something after paging through this book a few times — yes, it's about seasonal eating, and yes, it's about what a mighty fine idea dinner parties with friends can be. But my real take-away is that it's about celebrating the everyday. Not just the big, obvious occasions like birthdays and Thanksgiving, but also the smaller everyday affairs, like a splurge on some chanterelle mushrooms at the market or a brunch with friends that turns into dinner and a movie on the couch.
I also love the feeling of "planned spontaneity" in these recipes and their menus (as an introvert, I love planned spontaneity!). By this I mean, having a rough plan of action, but also being open whatever happens — picking up the chanterelles if they look beautiful, swapping one fruit for another when the season changes, making another batch of cracker jacks so the party can carry on. The recipes feel relaxed and a bit dreamy, more focused on the occasion and sharing good food with friends than being perfect.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: A Simple Feast by Diana Yen
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