Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Oct. 2017. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9780451496997. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780451497000. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarWhile reading the introduction to freelance food writer Roman's joyous first book, you'll want to cheer. "I would never ask you to toast nine different hard-to-locate spices on a Monday after work," she reassures, right before unveiling an abundance of craveable cuisine. Even gourmets and frequent restaurant-goers will want to stay home for recipes such as butter-tossed radishes with fresh za'atar, clam pasta with chorizo and walnuts, fennel-rubbed pork chops for two, and sorbet in grapefruit cups. These varied recipes are relaxed, doable, and anything but pedestrian. Striking color photographs and punchy writing further heighten the book's appeal.
VERDICT Filled with page after page of delights, this work is as much fun to read as it is to cook from.
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