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While I love that this book moved towards healthier recipes, I found that a lot of ingredients listed were harder to come by. Living in a small town with just 2 grocery stores of a similar (small) size to choose from means that I can't find a lot of the ingredients listed (even some of the less exotic stuff from her last cookbook, such as tahini, couldn't be found in my town). This means either special trips to the city a couple of hours away or attempting to order ingredients online. All in all it's just too much hassle to be a practical and useful cookbook for me. I did like the looks of her: Garlic-Honey Shrimp, Red Chicken Curry and Chicken and Dumplings. Sadly I returned the cookbook :(
I LOVED Cravings, so I wanted to love this, but I was actually very disappointed. What’s good: I still like Chrissy’s voice in her descriptions and I love a cookbook with gorgeous pics of food, and this has plenty. But for the recipes themselves...mostly boring...a lot of “(insert vegetable), baked with olive oil and sea salt” and other no brainer recipes. Only a few really unusual recipes I haven’t made before. Whereas the first one was full of new to me recipes and cooking tips. Also, part of the charm of cravings was CT’s stories about her recipes. This book is missing that. I guess it’s hard to make a second book of personal recipes if all the best stories about recipes are told in the first one. I really enjoyed actually reading the stories in Cravings, but this book really just has funny descriptions...not stories...not a good “read.”
It’s ok...it’s like when a popular movie becomes a franchise because the first one was so good and now they know they can use it as a cash cow. I loved the first book - the recipes were so thought out and the descriptions felt like I was chatting to Chrissy. But this book feels like she had to get through it, and in trying to be quirky in her descriptions, they all sort of blended together. They’re good, but honestly nothing outstanding like the first Cravings.
The book has a good amount of recipes. A lot of them look really good and I was excited to try them. Unfortunately in the region of the United States I live it’s hard to find some of the ingredients required. Without the ingredients that I can’t acquire easily, the book only has a few recipes to offer. I think Chrissy wrote a fabulous cookbook for LA natives, but if you shop at your local grocery store in the rest of America, these recipes will be tricky.
I tried at least five recipes and they weren’t all that. Maybe I’m spoiled from so many great recipes out in google land but both of these just seem like they were thrown together without a lot of tweaking. Darn cute pics of her and fam though.