Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Food 52 Genius Recipes

Genius Recipes, presented by the website Food52, is a book I have been anticipating for a long time. The “genius recipes” section of their website is a collection of breakthroughs in everyday cooking. In this cookbook they have collected the hundred best of those already carefully curated selections. I have been a huge fan of them for years because they have a talent for finding the most surprising takes on old favorites, and the most innovative techniques that simplify, rather than make recipes more complex.

The recipes in this book are written with clarity, successfully getting across the details of the steps without ever getting overwhelming. Sprinkled throughout are ingenious tips and ideas of how recipes can be altered to be more your own. There are stunning full color photographs of every finished recipe and many also have beautifully staged pictures of the process of making the dish. They could have framed prints of the set of photos showing making the chickpea stew with saffron, yogurt and garlic and I would happily have bought them.

As a result of being twice curated, every recipe in this book is a jewel. The English porridge and ginger fried rice have been habit-forming comfort food for me and my family. The exotic sounding sweet corn and black raspberry ice cream and the pasta with yogurt and caramelized onions are revelations with how finely balanced and lush the unlikely combinations mesh. The subtitle of Food52 Genius Recipes is “100 recipes to change the way you cook” and I can testify, they have certainly changed the way I approach each meal.

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