The local librarian was kind enough to set this book aside for me. She knows of my slight obsession with testing out cookbooks. She thought I would like this one because of the pretty pictures.
From the beginning, I was completely and utterly entranced with this cookbook. As soon asI flipped it open, I wanted to buy a copy. This rarely happens to me. Other than the (ridiculous) title of the book (which opens itself up to endless mocking), the book is appealling, both for the use of local veggies and for the flexible nature of the recipes themselves. The sub-title is "inspired flexible meals for vegetarians, meat lovers and everyone in between). The premise is that you can please many members of your family without having to make a separate meal for each one. The "base" recipe (rice or other grains) and the sauces are similar, it's just the protein that changes (either meat, fish, tofu or seitan).
The book is organized like Suzanne Goins, Sunday Suppers at Lucques. It's organized by season and then by menus. Each menu consists of 2-4 items. The recipes are significantly less labor intensive and at the beginning of each menu, it gives the cook a plan to help organize the cooking. This is a clever idea that more cookbook authors should pick up on.
So far, I have made two partial menus and have been quite pleased with the results. This could be my new favorite cookbook. Part of this could be that I used recipes showcasing the native corn and tomatoes that are in season, but the other seasons' menus look just as appetizing. Posts to follow.
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