For this month’s Cookbook Book Club (my once a month “cooking from the same cookbook” meal with Jan from Family Bites – and 3 month-old baby Matthew – and Jenn from Chocolate Shavings), we chose a cookbook that had us all intrigued when it came out last month – Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore from the Food 52 team (based on the column of the same name).
What is Genius Recipes all about then? They are recipes that, through either a technique, the new use of a familiar ingredient or the debunking of a kitchen “old wives’ tale” help change the way we cook or see a certain dish. They are recipes that Miglore has explored through her weekly column – recipes from cookbook authors, chefs, bloggers and writers – anaylsing them, testing and re-testing, offering tips, variations and techniques that she hopes will change the way people cook. These recipes are supposed to make us feel “genius” in the kitchen ourselves. The book includes recipes from some of the biggest names in the food world – Marcella Hazan, Nigella Laswon, Jim Lahey, Michael Ruhlman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammi Tamimi to name but a few – and over half the recipes in the book have not been featured in the column. They are what Miglore calls the “essentials”, creating a cookbook for the modern age.