Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook

Clarkson Potter. Oct. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780593135082. $35. COOKING
Many of us know Guarnaschelli from her appearances on the Food Network, where she is either dazzling with her own skills or egging on competitors. The downside to being a famous chef, though, is making dishes that are accessible for those of us at home, using our own kitchen equipment. Her latest after The Home Cook is subtitled “150 recipes for the home cook”—and that is exactly what readers will get. The book covers all the usual areas: appetizers, soups, entrées, desserts, drinks, even breakfast, but the focus is primarily on main dishes such as roasted chicken pot pie, chickpea and celery salad, and orange pound cake. Similar to her previous books, the meals feature an Italian influence, but there is plenty of comfort food too. Beautiful, vivid photographs will help home chefs visualize each meal. Recipes are well laid out and organized; none are too “chefy,” and each comes with a nice headnote providing context about the origins of the dish.
VERDICT This will be in high demand, owing not only to name recognition, but also for the depth and range of the delicious recipes included throughout.
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