Milk Street Simple

Voracious. Oct. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780316538558. $35. COOKING
Kimball (Milk Street Noodles) is a trusted name in cooking, and this book delivers exactly what it promises: simplicity. The book contains 200 unfussy recipes that use fresh ingredients, interesting spices, and unique but simple cooking methods. Want a new spin on salad? Shave the vegetables for a denser flavor profile. Tired of the same old pizza? Cook it upside down for crispier toppings and crust. Looking for a richer and more savory salad dressing? Brown walnuts in butter for the vinaigrette. The Milk Street crew has worked hard to make these recipes highly readable and easy to follow. Each short introduction is followed by a list of ingredients, with substitutions and options clearly marked. The mouthwatering photos will let home cooks know exactly what each finished recipe should look like; readers will enjoy every page. Kimball demonstrates that simple dinners might mean quicker-to-cook recipes (sheet-pan dinners; cooking pasta in its sauce), but they don’t have to compromise on flavor.
VERDICT This book checks all the boxes for simple and delicious food and will appeal to experienced cooks and beginners alike; a must for library collections.
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