Small Victories: Recipes, Advice, and Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs

Chronicle. Sept. 2016. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9781452143095. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781452148762. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarTurshen, a former private chef who has co-authored such cookbooks as Buvette (with Jody Williams) and Hot Bread Kitchen (with Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez), here produces her first solo effort. The headnote of each recipe celebrates at least one of the titular "small victories": making cooking easier or less intimidating by taking advantage of such tips as improving the texture of cooked quinoa by spreading the just-cooked grain on a baking sheet to cool, or whisking cocktail ingredients in a bowl instead of using a cocktail shaker. In addition to these tips, each of the recipes for dishes such as radicchio slaw with warm bacon dressing, Old Bay shrimp cocktail, peach and bourbon milkshakes, and all-day pork shoulder with apple cider includes "spin off" ideas for changing the flavor profile or streamlining the preparation.
VERDICT Home cooks aiming to produce delicious, unpretentious fare or those who enjoyed such cookbooks as Deb Perelman's The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook or Kristen Miglore's Food52 Genius Recipes would do well to add this to their shelves. Highly recommended.
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