Food Between Friends

Clarkson Potter. Mar. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780593136539. $32. COOKING
Actor Ferguson (Modern Family) and chef Tanous share their friendship and beloved meals in this vibrant cookbook. The text is conversational, incorporating personal stories, kitchen banter, and meals central to their backgrounds and friendship. Recipes include punch-ups of familiar favorites and odes to the pair’s Southwestern and Southern roots. The book is arranged around classic categories—such as brunch, starters, sweets—but each section is a unique compilation of regional dishes and twists on classics. Ferguson and Tanous have an evident love for the dishes they share, and their personal histories. They range from a Chile Relleno Meatloaf to Eggplant Chips and Gas Station Cherry Hand Pies. Featured sections are dedicated to staples such as butter and tacos. Recipes are concise and would fit well in a family breakfast or dinner party. A handy section on serving pairings allows home cooks to mix and match meals as they like.
VERDICT An effervescent, accessible cookbook bolstered by a joyful friendship. Fans of comedy-infused cookbooks and festive, lighthearted cooking will enjoy these creative meals.
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