With an accessible “how to use” section and a welcome set of tips and tricks, the focus is continually on the food and creating a healthy, fun experience in the kitchen. Parents of young children will appreciate Allen’s own experiences cooking with and introducing her four children, all widely featured in the photos, to the wealth of foods offered in the world. Split into the traditional sections– Breakfast, Salads and Sides, Dessert–each recipe features the prep and cook time at the top, simple ingredient lists and tips for storing the planned-overs, thanks to the author’s focus on time-saving and efficiency. Most of the recipes also come with QR codes readers can scan, leading them back to step-by-step videos featured on the website.
Novice and veteran cooks alike will relish these foundational dishes which provide ample culinary variety reflecting a wide palate (everything from Panang Curry to Biscuits and Gravy to Lasagna Soup). In addition, many of the featured recipes include ideas for variation (Lauren’s Tips) and encouragement for cooks to experiment and add their own spin to classic staples. While many of the offerings feature healthier alternatives and ingredients, no nutritional information is given within the pages. That, however, shouldn’t keep aspiring home culinary artists from finding inspiration in the pages of this delightful cookbook.
Takeaway: An enticing, practical cookbook presented with joy, flavor, and respect for the home cook’s time.
Great for fans of: Antoni Porowski, Carla Lalli Music.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A