COOKING & FOOD

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life: A Cookbook

Random. Oct. 2019. 336p. photos. index. ISBN 9781984817990. $32. COOKING
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Ray (Everyone Is Italian on Sunday) celebrates her 50th birthday with a cookbook full of recipes, memories, and stories about her family and friends. Ray shares recipes that celebrate her Italian roots (spaghetti aglio e olio) and her friendship with Jacques Pepin (chicken with tarragon), along with her American favorites (rolled meatloaf). She even throws out a few recipes for her dog, Isaboo (ditalini and muttballs). Readers won’t find many desserts since Ray admits she doesn’t have a sweet tooth; the collection only includes a few sweet recipes, such as baked pears with gorgonzola and crispy prosciutto. Instead, she emphasizes savory dinners, side dishes, and weeknight drinks. The straightforward recipes feature simple directions and rely on common pantry staples. The strength of this cookbook is Ray’s personality, which shines throughout.
VERDICT Ray’s fans and everyday cooks will find an engaging book full of good food and great stories.

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