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Have cooked many recipes from this book, and they're all great. Instructions are easy to follow, there is good variety, and it helps with making simple, delicious dinners with minimal fuss or gimmicks. Solid addition to family cooking.
We were gifted this book having just had a baby, it has been amazing! Most recipes use only one dish too cook in and only take a short while to make. Unlike the reviewer who said it's fit the American market I completely disagree. If your a modern cook who enjoys trying new things for dinner - get this you won't regret it.
I bought this book as it was the 'book of the month' for a cookery group I subscribe to. Wow o wow, this book is amazing. I love Melissa Clark, can't quite believe I've missed out on her up until now. Her flavour combinations are amazing. Truly amazing. Who would think of paring chicken with roasted grapes ??? Anyone interested in flavour should buy this book.
This is one of my favourite cookbooks - MK has great flavour pairings and these recipes are generally very easy to make! The one downside for me is that all the recipes are too salty - I generally use half the amount of salt suggested (or less), which is why this hasn't got 5 stars from me.
I've been following Melissa Clark's recipes for the NYT for a while now, and it's gotten me into experimenting a bit more with cooking. Her recipes are off the beaten track, but written with very plain, simple instructions, and she always gives you tips to substitute ingredients or do variants to the original recipe. Also, from prior experience I can tell you that her sauces and her suggestions for spices are absolutely inspired.
This book has none of the recipes I already knew, but it's even more interesting for me, because it gives me a lot of ideas for ingredients I never really knew how to use. There's a bit of everything here except desserts - eggs, meat, fish, purely vegetarian recipes. I've only had the book for a few days, but I tried making the maple roasted tofu with squash the other day and the results were amazing. I have another dozen recipes shortlisted to try the next time I get my grocery shopping done.
I have gotten my sister another copy of this book for her birthday. She's the real cook in the family and I know she's going to enjoy it.
This is probably the best cookbook I own now. Everything we've made is delicious and the recipes are generally easy to follow. Between me and my wife, we have made more recipes out of this book than any other recipe book I own, and will be making most of them again. HIGHLY recommended.
I borrowed this cookbook from the library, and by the time I got to the recipe for turkey legs with cranberry às a sheet pan dinner I had to have my own copy. I read cookbooks as a hobby and I have about 1000 at home and now 1001. Melissa Clark is a well known and in my view, excellent writer for the NYT. The recipes are in the easy to medium range, achievable by any family that cooks. They are healthy tasty and well described. You won't be disappointed. And the photos are superb!
I love Melissa Clark and have used many of her recipes from the New York Times. I have cooked 4 recipes from this book since I received it 10 days ago and every one has been fantastic. Highly recommend. Note: there are no desserts/sweets in the book; just great apps, salads, mains, etc.
When my sister-in-law recommended this author/cookbook, my initial thought was "I don't need another cookbook." Oh, how wrong I was! This cookbook is chock-full of slightly off-beat recipes that will freshen your repertoire and elicit praise from your food lovers. You won't need strange ingredients and the recipes are easy to follow. With beautiful photos this would make a nice Christmas gift!
This cookbook is great for fast, straightforward weeknight cooking, while still offering interesting recipes and unique flavour combinations. There are several recipes in this book that I have on repeat, and I haven't encountered any duds so far. This book is a new favourite!