31 Meals from Minimalist Baker by Dana Shultz

updated May 2, 2019
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The angle: A month of great dinner ideas, direct to your kitchen!

Recipes for right now: Goat Cheese Chicken Salad, Simple Veggie Ciabatta Pizza, Veggie Bibimbap with Brown Rice, Cashew Coconut Curry, Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls, Kale Falafel Hummus Wraps, Boozy Red Wine Spaghetti

Who would enjoy this book? Cooks in a dinner rut, anyone who’d like a month off from planning every single dinner, anyone who took our March Cooking Cure and is ready for fresh ideas!

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker

Who published it: Self-published digital cookbook

Number of recipes: 31 dinner recipes + 5 desserts!

Other highlights: Since we literally just ran our first month-long Cooking Cure in March and I’m still riding high on that experience, I have to say that this cookbook speaks right to my heart! Right here in this e-book is a month of incredibly tasty-sounding recipes — working your way through this book practically guarantees a kickstart to whatever meal rut you might find yourself in. If you need more variety in your meals, here is all the variety you need. If you want to eat healthier but don’t want to sacrifice flavor, five minutes with this book will take care of any worries. If you need help with meal-planning, there’s a handy plan with shopping lists at the back of the book. For all these everyday needs, Dana of Minimalist Baker is the seasoned pro you want at your side.

The recipes themselves are drawn from a wide range of cuisines, ensuring an interesting, engaging, and most definitely non-boring meal every night. If you’ve been wanting to expand your cooking repertoire into other cuisines, working your way through this series of recipes would be a good way to get started. I also love how leftovers from previous recipes often get repurposed in future recipes — last night’s cornbread side dish with chili becomes croutons for today’s salad, for instance. This kind of awareness speaks to the care and detail that Dana put into this e-book.

The majority of the recipes are vegetarian with some meat dishes showing up here or there, but each recipe also includes notes on making the recipe vegan and(or) gluten-free. Everybody wins. For the photo-craving cooks among us, you’ll be happy to know that every recipe is accompanied by a full-page, full-color picture of the dish; if you’re new to Dana’s food photography, you’re in for a treat!

A bit on the technical details of using this e-book: the cookbook is delivered as a pdf file and I accessed it through the Kindle app on my iPad. You navigate by a simple swipe from page to page, moving linearly through the book. If you tap on the screen once, a tool bar pops up along the bottom that allows you to quickly scroll through the book to access a specific page. You can also use the Kindle navigation tools to access a gallery of thumbnails or scroll through the table of contents. You can pinch to zoom in or out on specific text to make it larger, though you can’t change the size of the text itself. This is a bit simpler and more basic than other e-books or cookbook apps I’ve tried, but it works. It’s minimalist — which feels appropriate, given the website behind the e-book!

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: 31 Meals by Dana Shultz

Visit the author’s website: Minimalist Baker

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