Novice cooks will find this book does what it promises: teaches you how to cook well. But as an experienced (if amateur) cook myself, I also found a useful framework for thinking about my own cooking, not to mention a few new best practices.
This has rapidly become my go-to cookbook.
I’ve been a fan of Smitten Kitchen for years, so it’s delightful to see her recipes and photography pulled together into such a lovely package. Perelman’s style is enthusiastic and never fussy; the recipes are simple but attentive to just the right details.
From one of my favorite local restaurants comes a lovely and instructive manual. An entire chapter is devoted to making Sunday sauce, complete with a timeline for the day.
A beautifully designed book that has served me well in the kitchen.
A wonderfully written primer on cooking with whole grains, with excellent recipes as well as guidance on equipment and techniques.
Worth the hype, not because of the widely-hailed subject matter but because of the extraordinary writing.
A revisionist history that argues that we traded away much of our humanity in exchange for the little bit of security that agriculture promised.