**This is a guest review. My stepmother, Brenda, saw this book & asked to read it. I told her sure if she would write the review for it.**
- Title: Plated
- Author: Elana Karp and Szanne Dumaine
- Published: May 17, 2016
- Pages: 240
- Category: Cookbook
The more than 125 inventive, repertoire-building recipes in Plated will help you cook and eat food you love without having to think so hard about it. Every dish here will work no matter how much (or little) time you have to cook, whether it’s quick dinner on a Monday for two or a backyard barbecue for a crowd. The recipes are all rooted in a core technique—think One-Pan Roasted Chicken, Slow-Simmered Turkey Chili, or Cheesy Baked Penne—but can also be customized according to peak produce and just what you’re in the mood for. Step-by-step prep instructions and menu ideas take the stress out of cooking, so you know exactly what to do and when. Here, too, are ways for you to stretch these recipes, like basic marinades and spice rubs that can be used on almost anything, reinventions for leftovers, big-batch make-aheads, company-worthy feasts, and perfect sides. Plated is sure to become a well-loved, sauce-splattered staple in your kitchen.
**QUICK INFO: I do my best not to have spoilers, but I will warn you I may accidentally have them in my review.**
This Is that rare cookbook that one would not only love to own, but would have no qualms giving to anyone on their gift list: brides, girlfriends, daughters, sisters, and brothers etc.
For the accomplished cook, it teaches new techniques with aplomb; and for novices, it explains procedures and reveals kitchen basics, putting together a menu and entertaining for a crowd.
As a seasoned cook, what I love about “Plated” is the book’s sections on using herbs and making rubs, (“Flavoring,” chapter 1”) and its reliance on simple – and found in stores – ingredients. I recommend this book for absolutely anyone. It is also an excellent read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.