Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Home Cooked, a review

Home Cooked is a beautiful and well written cookbook.  When I first perused it, the thought that came to me was that for some people, this is the cookbook they have always wanted.  It is perfect for those who cook from scratch, I mean really cook from scratch... like perhaps growing and processing their own meat.

But this cookbook goes far beyond that with recipes and instructions for processing your fruits and vegetables, pickling, making your own ricotta, and a lot of good sauces.  The recipes are mostly with an Italian slant as the author lived in Italy for some time.

The author also provides in-depth instructions when appropriate, such as in the section on making your own ricotta cheese.  I found the chapter on cooking with an iron skillet very helpful if just for the instructions on how to clean up very old iron skillets. The chapter called "A Steak Primer" was very helpful even to this long time cook.

While I may not use half the recipes in the book, there are plenty of good dishes I can't wait to try like Fast Kraut, Cornmeal Spoonbread, Asado Potatoes, Buttery Spatchcocked Chicken, and Apple Torta.

As I said in the first paragraph, this cookbook will be exactly what some cooks have been wanting but even for the rest of us, it is an excellent well written and well photographed book.  With a good story!

This cookbook was provided by Blogging For Books for the purpose of review but the opinion is my own.

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Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I keep buying your recommended cookbooks! I have cooked from scratch since I was in missionary training 27 years ago. I learned to make my own sauces, dressings, to can, etc. It has served me well all these years. I like learning new things and new sauces might be just the thing. Plus, I pass along these good cookbooks to my girls!

Thanks Bren!

Vee said...

Those comments were an intriguing read. I liked the negative ones best. LOL! Your comment is very real...you enjoyed the book, but you'll not be making all the recipes.