Saturday, October 22, 2016
Food52 A New Way to Dinner
The idea behind Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Strategies for the Week Ahead is that you do most of the prep work on the weekend and then use what you've already cooked to make quick meals the rest of the week. That sounds like exactly the kind of miracle I've been looking for, so I happily accepted a review copy from the publisher.
There's a lot about this book to like. There are a lot of recipes here, all with clear instructions. Weekly shopping lists are divided into categories to make the trip to the store easier. Shortcuts and substitutions are offered in case your weekend doesn't allow for all of the suggested tasks. There are deserts and alcoholic beverages and lunches, not just dinners.
Ultimately, this isn't the book that's going to solve my nightly struggles. Too many of the foods are either completely unfamiliar or things that I know my family won't eat (and that's just taking the adults into consideration.) I'm looking for meals that I can prepare with products from the local grocery store... I'm not expecting to find ramps or garlic scapes when I can only find leeks on a good day. That's not a complaint about the book, though. It's a great looking plan that's not well-suited to our household.
What's your nightly plan? Anyone know of a cookbook or great website that's got healthy food with less exotic ingredients?
Disclosure - The publisher provided me with an electronic ARC.