The angle: Look at your dinner. Now look at this cookbook. Now look at your dinner. Now make something bolder.
Recipes for right now: Crisp Baby Artichokes, Fennel, and Lemon Rounds; Braised Beef Shanks with Tomato, Anchovy, and Capers; Ginger-Rubbed Pork Chops; Chicken Pot Pie Under Filo Crust; Panko-Crusted Mahimahi with Mango Chutney; Cauliflower and Nettle Gratin; Cabin Fever Pasta with Jerky
Who would enjoy this book? Steak 'n' potato types, cooks who need some new ways to spiff up a weeknight dinner, anyone who grew up in New England or the Midwest (this book hit me right in the comfort zone)
• Who wrote it: Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise
• Who published it: Workman Publishing
• Number of recipes: 250
• Other highlights: I'm struggling to put into words what I find so charming about this book. Maybe it's just its very boldness: a 2-color book with hand-drawn illustrations and no photos (gasp!) that somehow still gets its message across. Maybe it's that the recipes sound genuinely exciting — there's nothing that will shock you or feel too unfamiliar here, but there's a playfulness in the way the ingredients are combined and flavors are layered on that I love. It makes something as common as lasagna or a weeknight steak sound fresh and new again with a few unexpected ingredients.
This is also the kind of cookbook that makes for fun reading while you're waiting for the water to boil or the oven to heat. There are lots of fun side bars and historical anecdotes sprinkled liberally throughout the book.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors by Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise
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