The Comfortable Kitchen: 105 Laid-Back, Healthy, and Wholesome Recipes

Morrow. Dec. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780063075412. $29.99. COOKING
Snodgrass presents a second cookbook (after the best-selling The Defined Dish) packed with sumptuous photographs and options for different diets. Snodgrass’s recipes include gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole30, grain-free, and vegetarian options; a recipe’s particular dietary adherences are listed in the upper corner of each page, near the recipe title. A number of dishes receive all six labels, though many recipes include an “if modified” note, and all of the dishes already include extensive modifications/variations. The labeling system falls apart somewhat in the pasta section, where most recipes only include “gluten-free (if modified),” and the system is abandoned completely in the section of cocktail recipes. Recipes, which are standard American fare, are long, particularly with lists of ingredient substitutions, but the end results will be worth it to Paleo and Whole30 adherents as well as those with strict dietary requirements or food allergies.

VERDICT This is a cookbook for confident cooks and those already familiar with various diets, as no tenets or health benefits are explained. Purchase where there is interest.
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