COOKING & FOOD

Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together: Big Flavors. Simple Techniques. 200 Ways To Reinvent Dinner

Voracious. Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780316540308. $35. COOKING
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The James Beard Award–winning team at Milk Street have built their latest cookbook around a “throw it together” approach to getting dinner on the table. Each of the more than 200 streamlined recipes is limited to essential ingredients (plus salt, pepper, and oil) and utilizes simplified cooking techniques, many of which are detailed in the helpful “Cookish Basics” section of each chapter. Recipes cover vegetables, salads, meats, pastas, and grains, relying on an accessible range of flavorful pantry ingredients such as miso, harissa, curry paste, and smoked paprika. Headnotes for each recipe describe how ingredients and cooking techniques contribute to the flavor profile of the dish, offer suggestions for substitutions and alternatives, and provide inspiration for adjusting basic recipes. Chapters on vegetables, beans, and grains are particularly outstanding, and the broad range of flexible, innovative meat-free dishes will have great appeal for vegetarian and vegan cooks.
VERDICT Milk Street delivers another winning resource for home cooks seeking flexible, practical recipes that deliver maximum flavor with minimal time and effort.

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