blogging for books :: a modern way to eat
Just out of the box, Lukas had already given this new cookbook, A Modern Way to Eat, two strikes against. All vegetarian?! The second strike being the cover. I think he described it pretty spot-on when he said something along the lines of, "This lady looks like she's not excited about the food. Instead, she's stuck her fork in it and now is wondering what to do with it." But... then he paged through and the quality of the pages and photography were a point in favor. And then... I cooked from it and that was the deciding vote.
The first thing I made were these little pizzas. The dough got an extra tasty crunch from smashed hazelnuts. The topping was simple and delicious - I just needed to be sure each little pizza was piled high enough before going into the oven. That spinach certainly shrinks down. The other trick was transferring from the cutting board to the pizza stone. But since these were just little pizzas I could fold up the edges and quickly gather and move them to the hot hot stone. Not perfect, but it worked.
I've also made a flavor-filled dal with toasted sweet potatoes. This was perfect with some garlic nan from TJ's and the sweet potatoes were such a tasty addition. On tap today... I think I'll give another pizza a try. This one uses cauliflower and almond meal in the crust. I hear cauliflower crusted pizzas get a bad rap but I'm keeping an open mind.
As for the rest of the book... the recipes look fresh and enticing. The author has included sections to get you thinking about cooking and improvising recipes for the season and your tastes. I rate this one a keeper.
|I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.|