Dinner Tonight: Simple Meals Full of Mediterranean Flavor

Interlink. Jul. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781623716899. $35. COOKING
Once again drawing inspiration from her Turkish and Cypriot kitchen roots, self-taught cook turned social media sensation Berg (Meliz’s Kitchen) returns with another collection of recipes designed to save home cooks time and money while still delivering serious flavor. After a quick rundown of essential ingredients, Berg serves up a range of tasty treats from light bites and snacks that take less than 30 minutes to prepare to easy suppers and sweet treats. Each chapter opens with an inviting overview that includes Berg’s thoughts about the dishes that follow. Many recipes also offer useful tips on making the dish meat- or gluten-free, and a separate chapter is dedicated to cooking with an air fryer or a slow cooker. While readers can detect Berg’s British roots with the use of words like mince, hob, and courgette, U.S. cooks can easily follow along with her recipes for things like a “cheats version” of lahana dolmasi, spiced fruit baklava crumble, and a Turkish twist on a classic Italian recipe such as hellimli lasagna.
VERDICT Berg delivers on her promise of maximum flavor and minimum fuss with a wonderful assortment of delicious dishes that easily answer the question of what to serve for dinner tonight.
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