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Yes, totally delectable recipes that I end up making again and again
on November 30, 2014
I adore Melissa Clark and her simple, reliable and delicious recipes. There are loads of fancy recipe books out there where I make hours-long recipes seduced by the sexy photos and wonder why I couldn't have cut out 75% of the steps or worse yet, where the results are less than delicious after all that work. Clark is someone who cooks rather than photographs and packages her recipes (vs. someone like Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks who does a beautiful job of styling and photographing her food).
Everything I've made from the book has been easy to follow and really good. They often get tagged for a repeat which doesn't happen all that often. I also really like the notes at the end of the recipe that allows for customizations and such.
One thing that I don't love is that the organization of the book makes the recipes a bit less accessible. Now that I'm in California, the seasonal divisions make less sense for me, and I frequently make kale recipes in the summer as well as in the fall/winter. I think I'd prefer an ingredient-centric organization cross-referenced with seasonal menus as suggestions.