COOKING & FOOD

The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish You Will Ever Need

America’s Test Kitchen. Nov. 2019. 512p. ed. by ed. by America’s Test Kitchen. ISBN 9781945256998. $35. COOKING
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The mission of this book by America’s Test Kitchen is to aid cooks in navigating side dish possibilities, and they succeed by providing a variety of vegetables, salads, breads, and more. Each recipe begins with “why this recipe works,” then features serving size, vegan label (if appropriate), and whether the cooking time is fast or make-ahead, with possible variations. Greek-style garlic-lemon potatoes, Egyptian barley salad, and Moroccan-style couscous with chickpeas are among the intriguing options. A section on holiday classics includes traditional dishes such as simple cranberry sauce and basic bread stuffing. While most side dishes featured are approachable, one section, “Not Your Mother’s Casseroles,” offers more in-depth recipes, such as zucchini and orzo tian and rustic polenta casserole with mushrooms and swiss chard. Full-color photographs illustrate the tasty fare.
VERDICT Don’t know what to make for your next potluck or dinner party? This book offers a wealth of ideas and is a natural fit for public libraries with expansive cooking collections.

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