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Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen: Family Meals, Festive Gatherings, and Everything In-Between Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 April 2018

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  • Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Illustrated edition (3 April 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316354147
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316354141
  • Dimensions : 20.32 x 2.22 x 25.4 cm
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Melissa Clark is a staff writer for the New York Times, where she writes the popular column "A Good Appetite" and stars in a weekly complementary video series. The recipient of both the IACP and James Beard awards, Clark lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of new recipes along with a fair number of recipes recycled from earlier books.
Reviewed in the United States on 12 May 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compilation of new recipes along with a fair number of recipes recycled from earlier books.
Reviewed in the United States on 12 May 2018
I'm a Melissa Clark junkie. The most recycled recipes in my kitchen repertoire are from three cookbook authors: Ina Garden, Sarah Leah Chase and Clark. Lately, Clark has been winning that three-way-race because of her use of such interesting bold flavors. I was obviously looking forward to getting my hands on this book.

But upon opening the book, I was overtaken with a sense of deja vu. Many of the recipes are ones I've either made or remembered from other of her cookbooks that I have. Indeed, in the introduction, Clark says that there are recipes in this compilation of favorites that have appeared in "[[ASIN:1401323987 Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make]]" and "[[ASIN:1401323766 In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love]]." Neither of those earlier books has photos (I have the kindle version of Cook This Now, print of the other), so it's nice to have the photos, although I would not have purchased the book just to have photos of recipes I already have.

So far, the recipes I've tried in this book have not totally knocked my socks off in the way Clark's usually do.
— The Curried Coconut Tomato Soup, a very easy recipe, was better without the addition of coconut milk. The amount seemed like way to much. I tasted the soup before adding the coconut milk and it was delish. Although I generally love coconut milk, it hit all the wrong notes for me in this soup. I will make it again without it, possibly adding a touch of cream or a nut milk to finish it. No one in my adventurous family was enthused about eating this soup.
— The Deviled Egg Salad with Anchovies, Hot Smoked Paprika and Tomato. This did not do it for me either. I did not eat it with the bread, and maybe it would have been better with bread to act as a foil, but I just did not care at all for this particular take on deviled eggs - too much mayo, and maybe just too much everything.

But I did find some good ones!
— Raw Kale Salad with Anchovy-Date Dressing. This was finally getting somewhere! I love this salad. I threw in some toasted pine nuts for a little crunch. It's got great flavor combinations going on.
— There are two fabulous granola recipes. Of the two granolas, the Double Coconut Granola is my favorite, although the Olive Oil with Dried Apricots and Pistachios came in a close second. My apricots were not terribly tart, and I think the second recipe would have been my favorite had the fruit been tarter.
— Seared Pork Chops with Kimchi. This is another one of those ";why didn't I think of that" recipes. We love pork chops with homemade sauerkraut, so making them with kimchi (although in a far lesser amount) is basically the same thing but with a spicier blast of flavor. Very good.
— Coconut Fish Stew with Basil and Lemongrass. This is a repeat dish in my house now. Everyone LOVES the Thai flavor profile of the broth. I could drink it! I make it with half snapper/half shrimp and every time I make it I'm amazed by how quickly a dish that tastes this good can be made.

Next to try are the Mallobars - homemade Mallomars in bar form. From the looks of it, getting this book might be worth having that single recipe. I will update after I take that recipe for a spin.

My favorite part of the book is the Cocktails and Snacks chapter. I am always trying to find new and fun things to serve when we have company and this chapter has a bunch I'd love to make and serve. I'll be reaching for this book for that reason alone.

Bottom Line:
The two books of Clark's that came out before this one, "[[ASIN:0553448234 Dinner: Changing the Game]]" and "[[ASIN:1524762962 Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot®]]" contain page after page after page of recipes that have made their ways into my meal rotation, with many more that I want to try. I wish I could say the same for this book. With some distinct exceptions, I somehow feel like I won't be turning to this one nearly as much as I'd hoped.
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Darlene J Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on 23 October 2019
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Angela in Colorado
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Clark is Brilliant
Reviewed in the United States on 21 May 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Recipes
Reviewed in the United States on 16 November 2019
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KB
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Melissa
Reviewed in the United States on 13 July 2019
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