That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Clarkson Potter. Oct. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780593138250. $35. COOKING
In her most recent work, chef/YouTube personality Music (Where Cooking Begins) draws on the traditions of her close-knit family and her work with America’s Test Kitchen. Like Susan Spungen’s recent Open Kitchen, this cookbook presents food and cooking as a source of comfort and love. Working with the philosophy that “there’s a food for every feeling” and a conversational writing style, Music’s cookbook has an easygoing vibe that includes no-fuss directions and straightforward pantry ingredients. Throughout the book, Music includes personal stories that emphasize that breaking bread with others can nourish both stomachs and spirits. There are sections on kitchen tools, stocking a pantry, and food shopping. Each recipe includes tips, ingredient substitutions, and notes about the dish’s flavor profile. Divided between weekday and weekend sections, the diverse recipes include zucchini fritters, Sunday ragù, sheet pan chicken, spaghetti with cauliflower sauce, rhubarb cobbler, and sheet cake.
VERDICT Thanks to its focus on casual gatherings and the connections we make by breaking bread together, Music’s cookbook is sure to be a winner with many readers.
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