Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Sept. 2017. 304p. photos. index. ISBN 9780553496390. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780553496406. COOKING
Gerard's blog-turned-book ( features all-new recipes for such homey comfort foods as grilled corn and basil salads, Moroccan lemon chicken kebabs with couscous pilaf, rainbow veggie pad thai, and mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. Cooks who love blogs such as Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen and Sara Forte's Sprouted Kitchen will devour the book's wide selection of weeknight-friendly meals, each of which features a lavish full-page color photograph. This title will draw comparisons to others, but it has unique traits, namely an inclination toward healthful and international ingredients (e.g., coconut oil, quinoa, Korean chili paste) and some unusual-yet-delicious flavor combinations.
VERDICT Gerard's capable debut offers familiar recipes with a twist and stunning images to whet visual appetites. Highly recommended.
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