The new Food52 book, A New Way To Dinner, is beautiful. The cover is heavy duty, the spine is textured, and the pages are not wimpy. The cover and the back are taken up mostly by beautiful food photographs, as befits a cookbook.
A New Way To Dinner by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs focuses on menus allowing for the bulk of the cooking to be done over the weekend. This eliminates the weeknight scramble and makes daily dinner preparations much easier. Pre prepping meals like this can help eliminate the accidental take out and going out for dinner nights that we all have as well, potentially helping the reader save money.
The book is split up by each author’s take on each season (Merrill’s spring and Amanda’s spring, for example.) The table of contents in the very beginning of the book lays out all of the recipes in this format as well, so if you want to quickly find a menu that might work for you it is easy to do so. Right after this is an introduction section which lists things like how to use the book, how to store ingredients or prepared meals, cleanup tips, ingredient staples, etc. Then it jumps straight into the first batch of seasonal recipes.
Each group of recipes has a similar layout. The recipes are listed, then how they come together into meals and what you will need to actively prepare each day. Next comes a game plan with suggestions on how and when to cook along with tips and shortcuts, and then a grocery list split into where you will find each ingredient in most stores. After this wealth of information you get the recipes, which are very detailed and easy to follow. Sprinkled throughout are stunning photos that will make you hungry!
I have a family of picky eaters, so I’m not 100% sure if I will be able to do any of the meal plans exactly as written. It is fall now, however, and both fall sections look delicious, so I think I will at least attempt to pull one of these weeks of recipes off as intended.
This book is beautifully photographed and put together, thought provoking, and well written. Definitely check it out if you get a chance.
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