COOKING & FOOD

Eating Out Loud

Clarkson Potter. Sept. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780593135877. $32.50. COOKING
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From the beginning of this inviting collection by Grinshpan, host of Top Chef Canada, readers will feel as if they are conversing with an old friend. Memories of childhood trips to Israel are followed by meals that reflect her Israeli heritage—and how flavors from the Mediterranean and North Africa have influenced the cuisine. The genius of these dishes lies in their ease. Grinshpan offers riffs on classic ingredients such as eggplant and cauliflower and often calls for repeating spices (paprika) and herbs (parsley); for her, versatility is as important as the meal itself. Home cooks will delight in variations of classics such as shakshuka and fattoush, and will appreciate handheld meals that are kid-friendly (think: pita grilled cheese with gouda and honey). The star of the book are creative rice options that work well with several other recipes, allowing for mixing and matching. Kosher options are presented throughout.
VERDICT These are meals that deliver in flavor and simplicity. Similar to her cooking shows and YouTube videos, Grinshpan’s personal voice will engage cooks of all levels.
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