Southern Cooking, Global Flavors

Rizzoli. Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780847899258. $35. COOKING
Gilbert has designed and cooked and created menus for some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world, and he also served as Oprah’s personal chef. Now he pours his passion for food into his first cookbook, designed to invigorate classic soul food. Each chapter features a traditional pairing (collards and cornbread; fried chicken and biscuits) and offers the home chef a handful of riffs that inject global flavors into the standards, like collard-green and kimchi soup with cornmeal dumplings. Readers get to know Gilbert and his food philosophy with personal stories throughout. Delectable photography and styling highlight main dishes without overshadowing the sides and make it nearly impossible to decide where to begin. This isn’t a cookbook for kitchen novices; it’s better suited to experienced home cooks looking for bold new flavors and tons of inspiration with roots in Gilbert’s take on comfort food.
VERDICT This is a unique twist on classic Southern fare that mirrors the cooking journey of a veteran chef and offers meals that will comfort and impress.
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