Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Unofficial Aldi Cookbook, Reviewed

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 I don’t think I ever appreciated Aldi as much as I did during the pandemic, when I found myself, for the first time ever, grocery shopping online. I was amazed at all of the items this rather small, unassuming store carried that I had never noticed in the past. If you’ve not been to Aldi, you need to give it a look, and make that look a careful one because you will be astounded by all that you see. Once you become a diehard Aldi shopper, as I have, then you need to investigate this delightful cookbook, that contains easy-to-prepare recipes to put all of your wonderful Aldi items to good use.

 The Unofficial Aldi Cookbook, Delicious Recipes Made with Fan Favorites from the Award-Winning Grocery Store by “certified Aldi nerd” Jeanette Hurt, is an absolute delight, and must have for Aldi aficionados. It is loaded with mouthwatering photos and easy to prepare recipes to suit every taste. Each recipe features at least one (generally more) Aldi product, and is written in clear and concise fashion. Seasoned cooks and novices alike will find this book of value.

While it lacks an index, it makes up for it with a comprehensive table of contents featuring the location of every recipe, and divided into five different categories: Beverages; Sides, Appetizers, and Soups; Breakfast; Entrées; and Desserts.

Recipes include dishes for every day fare — Swiss Steak and Tamale Pie — as well as those you can serve to company — Baked Salmon with Dijon Parmesan Sauce. There is even a section instructing in charcuterie, with a guide on how to create the basic cheese plate, or a stepped up version.

Desserts are certainly not lacking. Offerings range from an easy and delicious Cannoli Dip, to the more complex Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie, to the whimsical Poop Emoji Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting that younger members of the family will no doubt adore (and they look darned tasty, too!). Not only does this book need to be amongst the other books in your kitchen library (mine is in my “cult collection“), but imagine what a delightful gift it would make when placed in a basket full of Aldi products. I can envision this for Mother’s Day, as a housewarming gift, to welcome a new neighbor, or a new married couple.

Recommended. You can buy your copy here.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



judee said...

I love Aldi's .. A cookbook from another Aldi lover must be wonderful. thanks for the review.

Angie's Recipes said...

I like ALDI products and price. The recipe sounds like a keeper.

Linda said...

That barbecue shrimp looks like something I might be able to handle. I’m kind of afraid to cook with shrimp since I overcooked frozen breaded shrimp as a newlywed - lol!

Gina said...

We don't have an Aldi near enough to us to visit - I think there is one in Round Rock, not sure, but still too far for me to go to...now if someone would come up with a Trader Joe's cookbook, that'd be the ticket! I've heard they are similar...