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The Summertime Anytime Cookbook: Recipes from Shutters on the Beach Hardcover – May 13, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Woven together with lifestyle and entertaining tips, this cookbook by Slatkin, a Culinary Institute of America–trained chef, was inspired by her family's hotel, Shutters on the Beach, a 200-room beachfront luxury resort in Santa Monica, Calif. The recipes are appealing enough and easy to follow, but aren't particularly inspiring, beach-worthy or portable, with the notable exception of Peanut-Butterscotch Crunch Bars and Iced Nougat with Honey and Figs. By dividing the recipes into different types of weather—Sunny Days, Cloudy Days, Balmy Nights, Stormy Nights, Misty Mornings—the author seems to be trying to squeeze the four seasons into a temperate climate in an attempt to broaden the book's demographic reach. But the distinctions seem somewhat arbitrary: why is a lemon tart for a cloudy not sunny day? Cucumber Gazpacho might be nice for a hot day at the shore, but a Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich with bacon and mayonnaise probably wouldn't be a good idea in the heat. The lifestyle tips, while sometimes obvious, are more on target. Pool Perfect includes suggestions for how to make your home pool seem like one at a fancy resort with thoughtful amenities such as scented towels and undiluted iced drinks, while Six Uses for a Bucket of Sand offers creative suggestions for bringing the beach indoors when the weather outside is uncooperative. Photos. (May)
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“With its vibrant, simple recipes based on the freshest seasonal ingredients, The Summertime Anytime Cookbook is the next best thing to actually being at Shutters on the Beach.”
“If you can't get yourself to Shutters on the Beach at least now there is this fantastic cookbook by Dana Slatkin to bring a beach to your home kitchen!”
—Suzanne Goin, chef-owner of Lucques and AOC restaurants
Top customer reviews
So why only four stars? Anyone who prints a recipe for lemon tart with gelatin to make it set, automatically loses a star - I am sure that this is not how it's cooked in Shutters! Also some of the dressings have an odd balance between oil and vinegar that will not be to many people's taste. Finally, there are a couple of stir-fried recipes which suggest cooking the food for too long.
If you have already bought this book, then I would suggest that you check Bill Granger's recipe books which are very similar in terms of inspiration and style.