Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 23

The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook by Jessie Price and the Eating Well Test Kitchen (641.5636 PRI)

What kind of cookbook is The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook?
Eating Well Magazine has been promoting low-calorie diets utilizing American foods for twenty years. Drawing from two decades of features, instruction, and recipes, Jessie Price and her team in the kitchen have produced a general purpose cookbook with well illustrated food preparation lessons.

Is this cookbook easy to use?
Other than being a bit heavy, The Simple Art of Eating Well is easy to use. The arrangement of chapters is pretty standard and the recipe index included entries for specific ingredients. Helpful photos show techniques, such as how to make a pastry bag (page 154) and how to peel and slice mangos (page 262). Many of the recipes take less than 45 minutes to make, according to the authors, and have fewer than ten ingredients. That’s not as easy as ten minutes and three ingredients, but the results should be worth the effort.

Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
With an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, most of the items are easily found. Many will be at farmers’ markets in season.

What is special about this cookbook?
The large and inviting photographs should make the idea of eating healthy enticing. The layout is simple and the typeface very readable. The cookbook will be handy in the kitchen. The glossy pages might clean well.

What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?
Carrot and Celery Root Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing (page 118)
Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives (page 189)
Indian Mango Dal (page 263)

Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on June 10, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction.
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