Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals

Clarkson Potter. Feb. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780593232552. $29.99. COOKING
Produce-forward food blogger Gerard is back with her third cookbook, which is sure to be a hit with current fans and new devotees alike. She offers more than 120 “healthy-ish” recipes that follow her trademark formula for balancing the nutritional benefits of whole foods and fresh produce with surprisingly rich and satisfying flavors. Recipes focus largely on dinner options, including side dishes, breads, and salads, but also include a small range of breakfast and sweet options. Gerard’s devotion to homemade condiments, sauces, and dressings sometimes results in overly complex methods for simple dishes, but she encourages home cooks to use store-bought ingredients if that’s all they have time for. Icons identify dishes that are vegetarian and free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, while multiple recipes have the flexibility to be prepared either on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, or pressure cooker. Many home cooks will discover new favorites in this wide-ranging collection of creative, family-friendly dishes.
VERDICT Gerard’s best cookbook to date. Her farm-fresh interpretation of modern comfort food should appeal to a wide range of home cooks.
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