My latest cookbook crush
I admit it. I tend to get crushes on cookbooks. Last summer it was Patricia Wells’ Vegetable Harvest. Newly obsessed with my own garden’s bounty and eating locally in generally, I literally ate up all her recipes for seasonal produce.
This fall? Things are a little different around here. While I’m still gardening and shopping at the market, my newish part-time job has made life significantly more crowded. So my new cookbook crush?
I’ve been a Cook’s Illustrated junkie for years now…I love the look and feel of the magazine, and the approach to testing recipes appeals to the scientist in me. So when I got an offer for a discounted copy of this book, I couldn’t resist. I rarely buy cookbooks, and when I do, it’s usually only after a long trial period with the library copy. But there was no copy of this in the library, so I just took the plunge.
So far, so good! The recipes really do take 30 minutes, and use tricks like cooking pasta in a sauce rather than separately. So in addition to quick cooking, the recipes tend to use minimal pots and pans–always a bonus. The only shortcoming for me is that the recipes often have an ingredient or two that I don’t generally have on hand, so advance planning is required. But being able to produce a real dinner on the fly definitely makes it worth it.