Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristin Miglore, Amanda Hesser, and Merrill Stubbs
Food52 Genius Recipes seeks to be more than just another cookbook but a book of recipes from culinary giants that will change the way we cook. There are recipes from Nigella Lawson, Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, James Beard and a whole host of other famous names.
I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I loved the format. For each recipe there's a detailed explanation for why the recipe is deemed genius and a little information about the chef and what was going on in the culinary world when the recipe was developed. There are a number of recipes that I'm interested in trying including - Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion, Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, Marie-Helene's Apple Cake from Dorie Greenspan and several others . I gave Penelope Casas' Garlic Green Bean recipe a try a few nights ago and it was kind of life changing. Instead of the very regimented method of cooking green beans that I have used in the past this was a little more hands off with a good 10 minutes cooking covered on the stove with only the occasional stirring. The result? Pretty amazing. They didn't have the almost waxy squeak that green beans can have nor were they cooked to mush. They were soft but still had texture and the flavor was green beans and garlic but nicely mellowed to an almost caramelized flavor. This will most definitely be my new way to cook green beans since the results are tastier and the method is easier!
On the other hand, this doesn't feel like a cookbook I would use regularly. While there is are 100 recipes I wouldn't deem most of them particularly family friendly or conducive to weeknight cooking. I do think this would be an invaluable book to vegetarians who like to cook and want some new recipes as the vegetarian options seemed to outweigh the other categories.
Verdict? Interesting cookbook with some intriguing recipes but probably not a must buy for me.
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