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A Beautiful Cookbook
on August 19, 2013
This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own. Gorgeous photos, nicely spaced text, and very sturdy. I think this book might last me forever! I bought it because I loved visiting Plum Bistro in Seattle and was hoping to recreate some of my favorite dishes at home. As others have noted, the Mac n' Yease is nowhere to be found, which is really heart breaking, but I thankfully found new favorites to enjoy out of my kitchen. Once I had the Basil Soy Ricotta made, I could cook so many things! The Peppered Agave Figs rocked my vegan cheese plate, and the Pesto Plum Pizza was the simplest, fanciest pizza to ever come out of my oven. It tasted like pure summer bliss. The rest of the ricotta complimented heirloom tomatoes on sandwiches and appetizers.
It's nerve-wracking to a new chef to be told to use a specific ingredient and being unable to find it, so I really wish Makini gave that a little more thought before recommending packaged ingredients you can only get in Seattle. I was concerned that I couldn't find the extra-firm silken water-packed tofu she recommends to make the Basil Soy Ricotta, but was successful (I think? I have nothing to compare it to) using Wildwood's silken water-packed tofu. So don't be deterred if you can't find specific ingredients. If you're even slightly close, despite her warnings on substituting, I think you'll still have a delicious meal.
Her recipes are simply elegant, and I will turn to "Plum" again and again when I want to elevate my cooking.