It’s still pretty darn chilly outside and comforting foods are very much still welcoming! This month we chose a book with recipes that are more relatable to the home cook, The Home Cook: recipes to know by heart by Alex Guarnaschelli.
Our Cookbook Club
There was such a great turnout for this month’s meeting, even with a few cancellations and a looming windstorm! We had several new friendly faces as well.
2.67 out of 5 stars, yikes.
Although the expectations were high and the hope was that this book would have recipes that were more easily accessible for the average home cook, the group overall found that many of the recipes were either too complicated or not interesting enough. The book kind of fell flat and was just “so-so”. What a bummer! The general consensus was that many of the recipes had “too many ingredients”, were “too chefy”, and more often than not called for “too much hot spice” or “too much acid”. We all thought the book was filled with nice photos, but overall there wasn’t a great “happy medium”.
Coincidentally enough, all the dishes we brought, we really enjoyed! A few thought their own dishes were not tasty at all, but the rest of us enjoyed them. Some of our favorites were the Grape Mostarda, Warm Rice Salad, Warm Potato and Scallion Salad, and the Lemon Cake.
Our Next Meeting
Next month, we will be meeting on Monday, March 25th at 6pm! We will be using Bring It!: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen.
Be sure to contact Reference to sign up, and check out a copy of the book!
Please remember: you MUST sign up each and every month for the Cookbook Club. This can be done by contacting the Reference department at (401) 596-2877 x308, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to the meeting, you must also let us know which recipe you will be bringing, so we can reserve it for you! Check out the “This Month’s Recipe” tab (above) to see which recipes have already been taken.