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The Seasonal Kitchen

Adult; Food & Cooking; (Market)

The Seasonal Kitchen presents an inspiring culinary journey, where home cooking—for weekday-friendly and for entertaining—is enlivened by fresh, unique, and bold flavors. Author Kerry Dunnington’s inspired and boundary-stretching ideas extend to her many styles of cooking —from comfort food classics to season-to-season cooking and innovative recipes that include locally and globally sourced foods. From morning meals to the grand finale, from sweet to savory, The Seasonal Kitchen is an expertly crafted collection of 165 inspired and people-pleasing recipes, including many vegetarian-focused options.

Every page of The Seasonal Kitchen is an invitation into your kitchen. The clearly-presented and easy-to-follow recipes are as delicious and appealing as they are friendly to prepare. The Seasonal Kitchen is the third in Dunnington’s series of award-winning cookbooks about seasonal eating.

In this solid collection of comfort-food classics, Baltimore caterer Dunnington (This Book Cooks, Tasting the Seasons) offers a practical approach to cooking. Organized by event (happy hour, dinner, etc.) rather than the seasons as implied by the title, Dunnington’s selections are surefire hits for dinner parties as well as weeknight meals. She suggests simple, flavor-packed updates on classics (lemon-rosemary chicken wings, pork tenderloin with roasted coffee and allspice, pineapple upside-down pancakes), as well as more inventive dishes such as wild-rice salad with cherries and feta, fire-roasted seafood chili with shrimp and crawfish, and a clove-spiked red-plum cake. Dunnington brings to the table thoughtful vegetarian options such as quinoa cheeseburgers with curried cucumber yogurt sauce; gingered coconut and celery soup; and almond cookies, which only call for sugar, almond paste, and an egg white. Dunnington’s instructions are simple and direct, and ingredients are pared down to just the essentials without sacrificing flavor. Novice cooks can easily source ingredients, and veterans would also do well to peruse this welcoming title, as they’re sure to pick up a few new ideas. (BookLife)