Cook Simply, Live Fully: Flexible, Flavorful Recipes for Any Mood

Harper. Apr. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780063284173. $45. COOKING
Fahr, author of Keeping It Simple and a contributor to the New York Times cooking section, wants to help all those readers who are tired of trying to decide what’s for dinner. She gathers together over 100 recipes in her fabulous new cookbook, which is divided into fun chapters focusing on how much energy and motivation cooks have at the moment. Whether readers are tired and have only 15 to 20 minutes to fix something to eat or if they’re feeling great and have 30 minutes or more to putter around the kitchen, Fahr has everyone covered with dishes such as pan con tomate with jamon, simple cheesy pasta (with lots of possibilities), and sausage meatballs with halloumi and tomatoes. Her easy, breezy writing style and a road map–like culinary philosophy—detours and short cuts are allowed—are the perfect delivery vehicle for her simple yet flavorful dishes. A useful wine-pairing chart, tips on essential tools and ingredients, and a smattering of essays on topics such as polenta and chicken dinners round things out.
VERDICT Newly minted and old-hand cooks alike will find Fahr’s joy in cooking and life to be both infectious and inspiring.
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