COOKING & FOOD

This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking

Voracious. Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780316381123. $35. COOKING
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Chef, author, and tv personality Howard (Deep Run Roots) reinvigorates home cooking with her new book, which uses unexpected flavors to upgrade familiar recipes. Howard aims to make “simple cooking exciting and accessible” and succeeds. The book is organized around her “flavor heroes,” ranging from an herby green sauce to kraut and spiced nuts. The same “flavor hero” may appear in sweet and savory recipes, allowing people to cook creatively with Howard’s help. For example, deceptively straightforward fruit preserves appear with Brussel sprouts, followed by a breakfast bake. Each chapter begins with memories of her Eastern North Carolina upbringing, personal connections to the ingredients, and a peek into her daily life. The book feels intimate, yet approachable and practical. Readers looking for more ways to enhance their home cooking may also enjoy Julia Turshen’s Now & Again.
VERDICT A vibrant, empowering guide for home cooks. Howard is a gifted storyteller, and her conversational recipes and writing make readers feel as if they are cooking side-by-side with a dear friend.
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