Make It Fancy: Cooking at Home with Sad Papi

Simon Element. Mar. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781668004241. $35. COOKING
Los Angeles–based chef Skier, aka Sad Papi, is a recent TikTok sensation with 10 years of culinary experience under his belt. His online fame happened unexpectedly during the pandemic, when he downloaded the TikTok app and made some videos to keep himself occupied while unemployed during local shutdowns. The restaurant where he was working closed permanently, but his videos went viral. His fine-dining expertise is now shared with his fans online and with curious readers in his first cookbook. Instead of yet another cookbook aimed at making basic or quick meals, Skier’s volume takes it up a notch with unusual ingredients and combinations to bring the fancy fine-dining experience home—which also means that some of the recipes are not easy. Organized like a restaurant menu, the book will delight vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores alike. Each recipe lists any special equipment needed under the ingredients for easy reference before the cooking begins.
VERDICT Some of the recipes featured are complicated and have long prep times, so this cookbook is better suited for intermediate to advanced cooks with adventurous tendencies in the kitchen.
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