Sunday, October 2, 2022

What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy, Reviewed

Gaby Dalkin is one of my favorite cookbook authors, and that is high praise indeed. A good many of my favorite cookbook authors are legendary women who have been honing their craft for decades. Gaby, in comparison, is just a girl. But she is my kind of girl. She recently gave birth to a darling daughter, Poppy, and that proved to be a big awakening for her (as it does all of us who have been there). She knew that she still wanted to have healthy, filling, and nourishing food, but didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen in order to do so. She started to rethink her ideas about food, focusing on ingredients that can “…pop on their own without necessarily needing a lot of hand-holding, and dishes that shine in their simplicity…”
I think
What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy is her best cookbook yet. After my initial page-through, I can honestly say that there was not one recipe in this book that I didn’t want to try; there was not one recipe that isn’t perfectly doable for cooks of all levels of experience.
The subtitle of this book is “Recipes for Zero Stress Deliciousness.” If that isn’t appealing, I don’t know what is. The book has special sections for recipes to start the day, quick dinners, salads (and other things to eat in bowls), sides, a large section of sauces and dressings, desserts, as well as menus, recipes, tips, and ideas to help you plan and prepare an Italian Dinner Party, Al Pastor Dinner Party, and a Spring Roll Party. There is also a section of acknowledgments in the back and, bless you Gaby, an index!

I tried the Pasta with Pesto and Peas, and loved it! It was a wonderfully tasty meatless meal, light and delicious, while simultaneously being nutritious. It was also beautiful.As I have come to expect in all of Gabby‘s cookbooks, there are beautiful, mouthwatering color photos of every recipe contained within (this book should get five stars based upon that criteria alone) photos of parties, and engaging pictures of Gaby and family. As usual, each recipe is preceded by helpful, but brief, commentary. This volume, like all of her others feels like home.

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 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy from Abrams Books as a participant in their Abrams Dinner Party Program for 2022-2023.


gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

As usual you are a wonderful story teller and this post was one of the best. What a great write up and review about Gaby and her newest cookbook. I had never heard of her before, but I am very interested in this book now if not for me, (because of the vegan thing) as a gift. After writing and publishing my Soups cookbook and knowing the time that went in to it, I am amazed that with a new baby she was able to whip up a new cookbook. Great review - thanks

Linda said...

I had not heard of Gaby and just visited her website and love it. You always do such good book reviews.