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Monday, May 11, 2015

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O' Brady

Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day
by Tara O' Brady
Appetite (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-449-01630-5
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Description: The much-anticipated debut from the author behind the popular food blog Seven Spoons, featuring distinctive, crowd-pleasing recipes; engaging, writerly essays; and the same stunning photography that has earned her website a devoted following.

Roasted Carrots with Harissa A├»oli and Dukkah. Plum Macaroon Cake. Chaat Tostadas. Roasted Peaches with Glazed Sesame Oats. Few food writers have such an insightful, intuitive understanding of flavor—or a more eclectic and inspiring range of culinary influences at work in their kitchen—than Tara O’Brady. Fewer still write with her trademark warmth and thoughtful prose, which Saveur describes as “like pulling up a seat at the table of an old friend.”

Seven Spoons is O’Brady’s remarkable and much-anticipated debut. In it, she shares more than one hundred of her best and most mouthwatering recipes—crowd-pleasing breakfasts like Blackberry Buttermilk Whole Grain Scones, weeknight staples like Everyday Yellow Dal, and terrifically inventive desserts like Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh. These elegant, flavorful, and wonderfully creative recipes, plus the show stopping photography, will have you heading straight for the kitchen to get cooking.



The Good Stuff
  • Exceptionally inventive and delicious recipes
  • Incredibly beautiful presentation
  • Wonderful use of fresh ingredients
  • Cover makes me drool -  unfortunately not a lot of fresh dates in Calgary
  • Enjoyed the stories before many of the recipes - makes it just a little more than just a cookbook - took me a long time to review this cookbook, as I read each and every fascinating sentence
  • Detailed index (yes I know, but I am a Librarian, dammit, and this is something I admire
  • A nice addition to the Intermediate to advanced chefs (yes that includes those who are not actually chefs)  cookbook collection
  • Very personalized and fun
  • Very user friendly
  • Never boring
  • Canadian
  • This is one cookbook you want to leave out on the table for everyone to peruse

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Way too many ingredients and steps for this busy mom 
  • Kids won't eat half of this stuff
  • Not enough pictures - I truly believe every cookbook should include pictures for every recipe

Favorite Recipes

A Burger Treated Like a Steak - Pg 92
Roasted Red Pepper, Almond, and Feta Salad - Pg 186
Baked Irish Mash - Pg 203
Caramel Apple Pie - Pg 221
Coconut Kheer with Bronzed Pineapple - Pg 230
Blueberry Poppy Seed Snacking Cake - Pg 236
 


4 Dewey's 

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

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