Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food

Harper Wave. Feb. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780062993335. $32.50. COOKING
The laid-back recipes in chef Turshen’s latest cookbook are crafted to embrace simplicity in all aspects of home cooking, from widely available and affordable ingredients to straightforward techniques and methods. The recipes are also endlessly creative as Turshen puts her personal stamp on comfort food with inspiration from a wide variety of global cuisines (a vegetarian muffuletta sandwich) and improvisational suggestions for making each dish your own (a red lentil spread that can be served as a party dip or transformed into a vegetarian soup). The author believes that home cooking is an important way of caring for others, which includes sensitivity to dietary needs and preferences; her book features more than 80 vegetarian recipes and dozens of vegan, dairy- and egg-free, and gluten-free options. Turshen also offers brief essays on topics such as positive body image, gas grills, and the importance of volunteering.
VERDICT Turshen writes from a home cook’s perspective, and her fourth solo cookbook offers relaxed comfort food with a slew of creative, contemporary twists. Reach for this book when you want simple dishes, global flavors, and a stress-free vibe.
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