At Home in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes from a Chef’s Night Off

Clarkson Potter. Mar. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781984858504. $35. COOKING
What do chefs cook on their days off? Based on the recipes in this collection by James Beard Award–winning chef Kinch and food writer Fuller, they enjoy a little bit of everything. For Kinch, that involves primarily focusing on Mediterranean cuisine, while also gaining inspiration from California and New Orleans. Overall, the authors stay true to their goal of simplicity, keeping home cooks generally in mind with dishes such as soups and pastas that feature a modern mix of flavors, as well as desserts and drinks that can accompany meals or stand alone. Helpful tips are sprinkled throughout and ingredient lists often include specific brand names or varieties of produce, which is useful for those wanting a little extra direction when they cook. Tips and suggestions at the beginning of each recipe will guide home cooks along; beautiful photography is a bonus. For added inspiration, each recipe is also accompanied by a musical pairing, listing a song and artist.
VERDICT An approachable collection featuring plenty of suggestions for advice and inspiration. Cooks of all levels will find something to savor.
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