Thursday, February 12, 2015
Book Notes: Dinner, the Playbook
I am a huge fan of cookbooks.
And cooking magazines.
And cooking blogs.
But this book is something else. I love "Dinner: the Playbook", by Jenny Rosenstrach.
I didn't buy this book at first. I heard about it and - like most books I hear about and am interested in - I borrowed it from the library.
But after a few weeks of using the library's copy, I knew that I wanted my own. (If only to keep from staining the library's copy. It's just . . . paying library fines is not an unlikely scenario for me, iykwim.)
So, I bought a copy, and I've been using it ever since.
I love this book. I'm good at menu planning and I actually like cooking, but this book makes both of those jobs easier not only provides interesting main dishes, but by suggesting veggie-heavy side dishes to go with.
Eventually, I realized that this book was the work of a blogger that I've subscribed to for a long time, but that (sorry!) I hadn't really paid much attention to (it's easy to do that in an RSS reader).
But after I checked this book out of the library, I used it in my weekly menu planning. And I loved two things about it:
1) The little chef-ly details. Each recipe has those nice little details - you know, the ones that don't take much time or fuss, but make all the difference between the final dish tasting good, and tasting great. (E.g., letting a clove of garlic sizzle in the olive oil for a few minutes and then fishing it out before frying your omelet - mmm, easy garlic-infused oil.)
2) The side dish suggestions. My go-to side dish is seasonal fruit. Healthy? yes. Yummy? yes. Boring? . . . sometimes.
But "Dinner: the Playbook" has a list of easy, (mostly) veggie side dishes. And each main dish recipe suggests which one (or ones) you should serve with it. This makes things so much easier. I can menu-plan based on the main dishes I want to make, and I don't have to go searching for something healthy and produce-based that will go with them. It's right there.
Here's one of the meals I made out of this cookbook recently:
There are more creative meals in here, for sure, this is just one I managed to get a picture of. :) Anyway, I'd recommend this cookbook to anyone looking for something a bit out of the ordinary way, but not so far out of the way that the kids won't eat up! :)
Peace of Christ to you,
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