Dinner Then Dessert: Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5, or 7 Ingredients

Harper Design. Sept. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780062995414. $29.99. COOKING
How does a private chef juggle busy family life with a demanding work schedule? Snyder’s solution was to start a recipe blog that became her full-time job. The blog led to the creation of this laid-back cookbook, which seeks to make cooking enjoyable and effortless. Inspired by America’s Test Kitchen and the Serious Eats Food Lab, Snyder approaches recipes with a practical eye. Starting with stocking a meat and vegetable-based pantry, the book includes creative uses for fresh and shelf-stable ingredients. The recipes are orderly, unfussy, and just what one needs on a busy weeknight—particularly those recipes that use only three, five, or seven ingredients. For Snyder, recipes are guides and not set in stone—home cooks should feel comfortable modifying as they need. At the end of each recipe, she even includes substitutions that offer extra flexibility.
VERDICT The easy-going style and kid-friendly meals will make this cookbook attractive to busy households looking to go beyond an uninspired dinner routine.
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