Chocolate muscovado banana cake, olive oil and maple granola, poached scrambled eggs, currant cottage cheese pancakes, roasted carrots and avocado salad with crunchy seeds, chickpea stew with saffron, yogurt and garlic, chicken thighs with lemon, pasta with yogurt and caramelized onions, broccoli cooked forever, grilled chard stems with anchovy vinaigrette, new classic coconut macaroons, Marie-Hélène’s apple cake. Can you see where I’m going here? Breakfast? Then you get to the salad, vegetarian? Whoops, chicken thighs and anchovy vinaigrette (weird). Grilled chard stems (don’t those go in the compost?), poached scrambled eggs (huh?), “new” and “classic” in the same breath? There’s just a hint of oddity in these recipe titles, oh wait, they’re Genius Recipes from the crew and community of FOOD52!
I had already made a few of these recipes, either from the FOOD52 website or from their original authors – touch-of-grace biscuits, Ottolenghi’s hummus, no-knead bread, the Judy bird, whole roasted cauliflower and Meta Given’s pumpkin pie (my mom’s well-worn Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking from 1959). And they were all recipes that I had repeated or wanted to soon. So I jumped at the offer to do my first cookbook review!
At 100 recipes and almost all with a short history and instructions contained on a single page or less, this is an entirely do-able cookbook. With a unique twist on a technique or ingredient, each of the recipes was a little cooking or baking adventure with a delicious reward at the end. I might not always prepare food with a genius recipe from now on, but the book has added significantly to my culinary toolbox of ingredient ideas and cooking and baking methods. All of the recipes are listed by the publisher here and you can find some of these Genius Recipes and others on the FOOD52 website here.
I had fun cooking and we ate well from Genius Recipes. The dishes we tried were very flavorful and probably richer than our everyday fare. It’s a good thing winter weather’s about over here in Colorado; I need to get outside working in the garden to burn up some extra calories! I’ll want to try some more genius recipes soon.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.