So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours
Professional chef Richard Blais produced a beautiful cookbook with gorgeous photos that almost qualify it as a coffee table book. In So Good he presents a hundred recipes successfully downsized to home kitchens. Easy recipes? Don’t look for many in this cookbook. These are mostly for at least intermediate cooks, and preferably for advanced cooks willing to spend a long time in the kitchen. Blais draws inspiration from the international repertoire, particularly Japanese cuisine. His recipe writing is good and clear, and the photo illustrations help you to visualize what you are aiming for (though they may also be intimidating). Listing his recipes preceding each chapter is useful. The recipe layout is good, though some spill to overleaf pages, but that we can live with. As expected from restaurant serving sizes, his portions are enormous. You will need a very well-equipped market or internet sources to find many ingredients (an inconvenience), like togarashi, uni, yuzu kosho, or yuzu juice. He uses professional equipment not many home kitchens own, like a hand-held smoker and liquid nitrogen. Blais inserts many brief, useful discussions of things such as rice, his favorite cooking methods, braising, and ice cream. You’ll find recipes like Gnudi and Brown Butter, Jerked Spatchcock, and Oxtail with Mashed Yucca. The index is nicely cross-referenced.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||256 pages|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Cooking, Food & Wine|