Dada Eats Love to Cook It: 100 Plant-Based Recipes for Everyone at Your Table

Rodale. May 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780593138236. $26.99. COOKING
From the start of this cookbook, recipe developer and food photographer Dada mentions that she didn’t intend it to correspond to one particular diet or lifestyle. Rather, her recipes tend to be varied and impromptu (much like her appearances on the Today Show or her digital show Cooking with Samah Dada), using minimal ingredients. That approach led to the accidental plant-based energy of this must-have recipe collection, which successfully accomplishes its goal of helping busy home cooks throw together a meal for one, a family, or a group. Drawing on her Indian heritage, Dada presents inventive recipes for a variety of occasions, often using ingredients in new ways (particularly spices or condiments, like cumin, turmeric, and tahini). Readers will appreciate the personable guidance in Dada’s recipes for snacks like Pesto Hummus, meals like Charred Broccoli with Turmeric Tahini Sauce, or desserts like Date Caramel Fudge Brownies. As in her blog Dada Eats, the book’s vivid photographs are a particular highlight, bringing each recipe into clear focus.
VERDICT A winning debut that will delight home chefs looking to build cooking confidence or reinvent humble meals.
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