A Recipe for Cooking

Morrow. Oct. 2016. 352p. photos. index. ISBN 9780062427861. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062427878. COOKING
Chef Peternell's first cookbook, Twelve Recipes, taught the essentials of home cooking. Acknowledging that special occasions merit more than what's strictly necessary, the author devotes his new collection to multicourse meals for enjoying with friends. Recipes are grouped by course and by season, making it easy to mix-and-match dishes such as vegetable fritters, turkey breast scaloppine grilled with herbs, and persimmon toast with chocolate, pistachios, and cream. The conversational tone, which extends to the recipe instructions, invites leisurely reading and cooking. The many stories of Peternell's ongoing work at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, lend this volume a more regional feel than its predecessor.
VERDICT Cookbooks for relaxed entertaining are making a comeback. Like Nancy Silverton's Mozza at Home, this title can help put together elegant, delicious gatherings.
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