Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way That You Cook by Kristen Miglore

There are 100 recipes in this recently published cookbook that are compiled by Kristen Miglore, the executive editor at the James Beard Award-nominated Genius recipes column on Food52.com. The recipes have been gleaned from cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers from the Genius Recipes column on Food52.com. Genius Recipes is beautifully photographed, well presented, and sprinkled with Genius Tips, background information on the recipes, pictures of the process of making the dish, how to tweak the recipe to make it your own, and ideas for preparation. Some of the best cookbook authors and chefs who have recipes in this cookbook are Marcella Hazan, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Diana Kennedy, Alice Waters, Dorie Greenspan, Nigella Lawson, Mark Bittman, and more. The recipes have been tested and retested so that they can be deemed "legends" or timeless gems.

I love looking at new cookbooks and flipping through them to see what recipes in the book I would actually cook. I judge a cookbook by the 5-rule; if there are at least 5 recipes that look delicious and practical to make, then it's a winner. Genius Recipes more than surpasses the 5-rule. This cookbook is filled with yummy, fairly easy recipes that I can't wait to try. The cookbook is not vegetarian, but there are many recipes that are vegetarian and there is even a chapter titled, "Vegetarian Mains." This cookbook would be good for experienced and beginner cooks because the recipes have been simplified. The tips and comments are very helpful. I can tell that Genius Recipes will be one of my go-to cookbooks. Some of my favorites from Genius Recipes are Roasted Applesauce, Brisket of Beef, Meatballs from Rao's, Classic Guacamole, Basic Hummus, Chocolate Muscovado Banana Cake, Olive Oil & Maple Granola, Ratatouille, Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, Tomato Sauce with Butter & Onion, Cauliflower Steaks, and much, much more!

Check out Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way That You Cook soon from the Virginia Beach Public Library so that you can add some of these scrumptious recipes to your repertoire.  Your family and friends will think you're a Genius!

Similar to the Genius Recipes cookbook, The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks edited by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, founders of the online community Food52.com and The Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2: Seasonal Recipes from Our Kitchens to Yours also edited by Hesser and Stubbs are two cookbooks that are comprised of recipes from the Food52 community of emailers, tweeters, and bloggers.

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