July 2016 | Our Final Review of Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

We did it! One month down into our cooking blog adventure and what a fun ride it has been! Thanks to all of you who reached out with excitement, support and opinions – we value each and every one of you.

To reiterate, the premise of our cooking blog is to select one cookbook per month, cook through it and then blog our thoughts on the recipes we’ve chosen.

Our cookbook for July 2016 was Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook. (Buy it here!)

We found this to be a consistently good cookbook with a wide variety of recipes – good for those both seasoned and unseasoned in the kitchen. There was an occasional dud, but overall, the recipes we tried were easy to follow and ended up tasting great.

Cindy was able to step out of her comfort zone and attack some easy baking recipes… and survived to tell the (often delicious) tale. While the cookbook didn’t yet convince her that baking is exciting to her as free form cooking, she is looking forward to more baking challenges – successful ones versus pitfalls, of course.

Lisa happily noticed that cooking through this book has opened her up to experiment more in the kitchen. From trusting in her abilities to fix a salad dressing gone bad, to amending a strawberry shortcake into a peach-berry shortcake, to remaking an aioli that Cindy made which she then improvised as a salad dressing.

Recipes We Cooked: Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, No-Knead Bread, “Use-a-Spoon” Chopped Salad, Suzanne Goin’s Grilled Pork Burgers, Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Green Peach Salad, Watermelon, Mint + Cider Vinegar Tonic, Raised Waffles

Final Cookbook Verdict: Recommended


Cindy & Lisa


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