7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Flatiron. Nov. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781250787576. $35. COOKING
Oliver’s latest book, like 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food, has a deceptively simple theme: 18 basic foods, each showcased seven ways. Here, the focus is primarily on entrées, which vary in complexity from eggplant and ricotta pasta to mushroom and chicken cacciatore. Oliver states that he wanted to center this newest book on ingredients already familiar to home cooks (e.g., cauliflower, sweet potato, whole chicken, and pork). Conveniently, each chapter focuses on one of the 18 ingredients and proceeds to feature variations. Cajun coddled eggs, Indian-inspired frittata, and easy egg and ham phyllo bake are examples of how a range of dishes build upon basic starters. Gorgeous photography by Biss is featured throughout. A nice touch is that photographs of each key component in a given dish are featured below the title, giving home cooks a quick feel of the flavors involved. Helpfully, the collection also includes basic nutritional information for each meal as well as a thorough index.
VERDICT Another winning entry in Oliver’s stable of hits; predict big demand from new and old fans alike.
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