JUST MARRIED & COOKING by Brooke Parkhurst
Kirkus Star

JUST MARRIED & COOKING

200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together

KIRKUS REVIEW

Based on the premise that newlyweds often don't have a clue how to use their wedding-registry kitchen-ware, this scrumptious debut cookbook tackles the ins and outs of cooking as a couple.

Real-life couple Daily News columnist Parkhurst (Belle in the Big Apple, 2008) and chef Briscione (winner of the Food Network series Chopped) reveal not just their own expertise but an endearing empathy for kitchen novices. The authors open with a section that covers kitchen-equipment essentials, advice on how to organize a kitchen drawer, pair wine with food and set a table for events ranging from backyard barbecues to champagne brunches. Next up, easily mastered yet delicious and even quite sophisticated recipes for all occasions. Sidebars provide tips on preparing unusual ingredients that would otherwise stump amateurs. How else to make the beurre noisette on which their recipe for Autumn Vegetable Puree depends? Throughout the book, Parkhurst and Briscione build culinary confidence and embolden even the most timid greenhorn to take the plunge with dishes like Broccoli Rabe and Ricotta Bruschetta and Bourbon Cured Trout. Cooks content to stick with the tried-and-true will find new twists on old classics—e.g., Brooke's Best Lemon Bars. Foodie anecdotes add spice, and there is even a splash of food history. But it is the authors' tricks-of-the-trade advice that adds most to this perfect Mint Julep of a book—and yes, that recipe is here, too.

An exciting, essential volume that delivers on every front.

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4391-6998-8
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Scribner
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011




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