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Detailed and Delicious
on December 30, 2014
Of the ~100 or so cookbooks that I own, this is my favorite one. The recipes are delicious and the menus are inspiring and flexible. She provides detailed steps but more than what to do, she tells you what you are trying to make happen. For example in her lemon cream recipes, she gives the instructions and then describes what the cream should look like. "When you run your finger through it on the back of a spoon, it should leave a clean line that holds its shape even when you tilt the spoon." Or in another recipe. "They will seem a little underbaked because of the chocolate shards." On top of that she gives notes at the beginning of some of the recipes recommending what can be done ahead of time, what order you should cook things in and throughout the recipes she tells you what kind of things might go wrong and how you can adjust for them. She also provides the inspiration or origin for many of the recipes, not usually my favorite thing, but the way she does it is interesting.
I always feel like I have this kind and fabulous chef standing in the kitchen with me giving me instructions when I am cooking from this book. The pictures are beautiful and the seasonal organization is helpful without feeling rigid. Most important though, the recipes are fantastic especially in the context of comforting meals you plan to prepare at home. They are the right level of fancy, something that will make your family (and guests if you have them) happy and satisfied.