Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner

Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780358395324. $30. COOKING
Porowski, food expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, highlights quick weeknight meals in his second book (after Antoni in the Kitchen). Smartly, right after the table of contents, there’s a two-page visual guide, “10 Fast Favorites”: a selection of 10 of the book’s dishes, each with an attractive photo and the recipe’s page number so enthusiastic readers can jump right to it. Other readers will prefer to browse the chapters devoted to vegetables, pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, and the like. Some of the ideas, like serving breakfast fare for dinner, are hardly innovative, but the book has enough unusual recipes to keep things interesting; there is a nice mix of fresh food, recipes influenced by international cultures, and comfort foods with a spin. In general, Porowski’s succinct, casual tone is appealing and in keeping with busy weeknight cooking. Vivid food photography contributes to the book’s appeal.
VERDICT Porowski delivers clear recipes for speedy, tasty food in an attractive book. While there is no shortage of cookbooks on this subject, this resource has enough substance to be worthwhile for anyone seeking weeknight meal ideas and will be particularly appealing to Porowski’s fans.
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