08 January 2017
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen
"I can't wait to cook my way through this amazing new book," Ina Garten writes in the foreword to this cookbook of more than 400 recipes and variations from Julia Turshen, writer, go-to recipe developer, co-author for best-selling cookbooks such as Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good, Mario Batali's Spain...on the Road Again, and Dana Cowin's Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as "small victories" in the funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by Julia through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals. This beautifully curated, deeply personal collection of what Chef April Bloomfield calls "simple, achievable recipes" emphasizes bold-flavored, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. More than 160 mouth-watering photographs from acclaimed photographers Gentl + Hyers provide beautiful instruction and inspiration elevate this entertaining and essential kitchen resource for both beginners and accomplished home cooks.
Small Victories is a very readable and gorgeous cookbook. Each recipe comes with a lovely headnote (the source of the "little victories" - those tips from an experienced chef to make the food really taste good or preparation easier) and ends with "Spin Offs" for ways to use leftovers or substitute ingredients in variations. It ends with a chapter with drinks and lists of meals, etc. A must-have if you love to read about your cooking and definitely for fans of Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen Year.
(When I unboxed this at the store I knew I had to have it.)
Dear FTC: I bought my copy of this book.