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Simple Fare: Fall and Winter Paperback – September 19, 2017
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Some of the most appealing recipes included are: a delicious Morning Loaf, perfect with morning coffee or tea, Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes (chocolate for breakfast – a great idea!), Smoked Blue Potatoes, and a flavorful Roasted Vegetable Soup. There are excellent detailed instructions for cooking legumes and grains, as well as a guide to all of the popular new salts that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and using in their cooking.
Mordechai’s book has a whole chapter with simple breakfast ideas, and her fish dishes are easy enough that anyone can successfully prepare them with a minimum of fuss. Beef Brisket is all-the-rage right now (with the price rising several hundred percent from when it was considered a lowly tough cut of meat), and I splurged to prepare the version in this book for Braised Brisket. It was very good, and would make a good main dish for an informal dinner party.
The desserts in the book are not particularly exciting, and I wasn’t moved to make any of them. However, there are three ice creams that look good, as well as some churros and dark chocolate bark that could, at the right dinner, be suitable.
All told, Simple Fare: Fall and Winter is a book for the pretentious cook who would rather focus on meals that are all-the-rage and trendy, rather than just good food that everyone likes. While there are some good recipes in the book, and they are easy to follow, most down-to-earth cooks will prefer to prepare dishes that are actually enjoyed by family and friends, rather than to show off with trendy dishes that are good, but don’t satisfy.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
Author: Karen Mordechai
Genre: Cooking Food & Wine,
Sub-Genre: Cookbooks, Seasonal, Main Dishes, Sides, Desserts
Reviewed For NetGalley and Abrams
Rating: 4.5 Stars
An extensive and useful cookbook for using seasonal vegetables. There are is additional information and variations of some of the dishes. As this is only a ARC not all the photos are included, but those that are and well done and clear. We also get a look into the life of Karen Mordechai as she includes many of the recipes and short informative clips on her home life. Recipes are well written and easy to decipher and follow. This would be a great addition to any kitchen library, especially mine. I just wish I had the patience to make my plates look as beautiful as they look in the cookbook. I guess it is enough they taste as good as the photos make the look.
My rating of "Simple Fare - Fall and Winter - A Guide to Everyday Cooking & Eating" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The photos in this book start off very minimalistic. Readers will see photos of crème, and salt, as well as roasted garlic, and roots, all on white plates. The photos do become more colorful. Indeed, so vibrant and artistic they would be beautiful framed. However, many now contradict the SIMPLE FARE title, using edible flowers, and other foods or garnishes that everyday people would never consider “simple”.
As for the preparation of the dishes, there are many in the 65 featured recipes that would be simple enough to make. However, not all of the ingredients can be easily found in your local grocery store (At least not in my area of the United States East Coast).
If you are looking for something out of your normal, everyday eating habits, or if you want to host an impressive meal at a gathering, you may be pleased with the fare you’ll find between these pages. . . Rose Grain Porridge, Daal, Burnt Carrot Toast, Congee, Cilbir, Black Radish Salad. Or fix more commonly known dishes like . . . Cinnamon Toast, Roasted Beef Bowl, Roasted Vegetable Soup, Simple Roast Chicken, and Churros.
I won’t argue the thought, and work that went into SIMPLE FARE. Author Karen Mordechai had a vision and saw it through. Not to mention she had already published SIMPLE FARE: SPRING AND SUMMER, with equally lackluster cover, to a surprising fourteen 5 star reviews. But I will go on record as saying, I found this cookbook left a lot to be desired.