If You're Throwing a Party This Spring, You Need Eat & Make from Sweet Paul

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Cookbook: Sweet Paul Eat & Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul
Overall Impression: This is the perfect cookbook to have right now.

Eat & Make by Paul Lowe is a pure delight. Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, this cookbook is filled with delicious, approachable and inventive recipes, plus you get great Pinterest-worthy creative kitchen crafts, like coffee filter flowers and felted vases. But what kept me reading and turning the pages were the charming stories Paul has throughout the book about his Auntie Gunnvor and his grandmother Mormor.

I love that Paul's love for food and crafting began at such a young age. Mormor and Auntie Gunnvor helped to cultivate his interest and allowed Paul to do what he loved. He tells a story about waking up really early one morning at the age of six to bake "pepper cookies." After an hour of hard work, with flour everywhere, he finally admits defeat — it turns out that the "recipe" he was following was not really a recipe at all, but a children's nursery song. His family laughs to find him in the middle of such a mess and sweep him away to a bath to get cleaned up while his grandmother Mormor makes a batch of her Norwegian pancakes. These pancakes are the very first recipe Paul shares in this cookbook.

I loved reading the stories of Paul as a young boy, his first experiences with American food, and how these foods, tastes and experiences inspired some of the recipes in this cookbook.

Spring represents entertaining for me and this book is filled with both beautiful and delicious recipes and craft projects! So make the Bruschetta with Peas, Pancetta and Ricotta and the napkins with beads, or the clothespin trivet for a great conversation starter or centerpiece.

Recipes I Tried

  • Baked Snug Eggs - p.25
  • Breakfast Polenta with Hazelnuts, Honey & Pears - p.34
  • Breakfast Pizza with Pancetta, Eggs & Potatoes - p.70
  • Bruschetta with Peas, Pancetta & Ricotta - p. 123
  • Orange & Hazelnut Cake - p. 158

Cooking From Eat & Make

All of the recipes I tried were very straightforward and well-written. As with any recipe, read each one thoroughly before starting and you will be fine. I love Lowe's philosophy: a few ingredients, easy steps, and amazing results. As he says, "With these recipes, you will always end up with something beautiful that will impress your friends and family."

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The Baked Snug Eggs are now my favorite weekend breakfast food, and I use little ramekins in order to make individual Baked Snug Eggs for my kids. It’s like having all of your favorite breakfast foods in one little cup. Brilliant.

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This was my first time making a sweet and creamy breakfast polenta — Lowe's Breakfast Polenta with Hazelnuts, Honey & Pears — and I have to say that I loved this. Not only is this recipe delicious, but it's also stunning with the Bosc pear sticking out. It was a little hard to eat (it could have been my pear and I did have to take some photos before enjoying this, so the dish cooled) but it wasn't anything that a fork and knife couldn’t handle. I’m definitely whipping this one out when I want to impress friends at my next brunch.

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You’d better believe I am making the Bruschetta with Peas, Pancetta & Ricotta again. These were so good! The salty pancetta paired with the creamy, delicious ricotta and fresh delightful peas on top. This was heaven. I almost ate the entire plate myself.

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I saved the Orange & Hazelnut Cake for last because this recipe is special. This is one recipe I know I will make over and over again. I am in love with this one, and now I am obsessed with hazelnut flour. Because of this recipe, I will also now boil an orange whenever I am about to entertain or have friends over — the smell is so lovely and intoxicating, in the best way. I read somewhere that you should roast garlic before guests come over, even if you haven’t cooked, just so the house can smell amazing when your guests arrive. But I’m here to tell you: forget the garlic and boil an orange. Amazing!

Recipes I am Making Next

  • Zucchini Salad with Goat Cheese - p.130
  • Chocolate & Raspberry Cake - p.157
  • Chorizo Burger - p.218
  • World's Best Cake - p.243

Final Takeaway

This is a gem of a cookbook, one that everyone can — and should! — enjoy. I can see myself making some of these recipes over and over again. And I can't wait to make the clothespin trivet! Get thee to a bookstore or Amazon, and buy this book now.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Eat & Make by Paul Lowe

Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.

(Image credits: Alice Choi)

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