COOKING & FOOD

All About Dinner: Expert Advice for Everyday Meals

Norton. Nov. 2019. 400p. photos. index. ISBN 9780393246278. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780393246285. COOKING
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While there are many inspirational and aspirational cookbooks, they don’t always help with the daily task of getting dinner on the table. Stevens, a winner of both IACP and James Beard awards for All About Roasting, understands the time and equipment limits of the home kitchen and is here to help. Her latest offering, All About Dinner, focuses on building skills and confidence in the kitchen. While not offering a primer for first-time cooks, she does explain ingredients and techniques thoroughly so that the uncertain cook will have success. There is plenty for experienced cooks as well, including sophisticated flavor combinations and clever tips. The book covers salads, soups, snacks, and desserts, as well as dinner entrées made with meat, poultry, fish, pasta and grains, and vegetables. Recipes range from comfort food (turkey and vegetable pot pie) to the more unusual (whole-grain sorghum with sautéed mushrooms and miso.) Stevens encourages readers to use the recipes as jumping-off points and offers ways to vary ingredients and flavor profiles.
VERDICT A solid and attractive addition for any home cook.

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