Approachable Rustic Recipes for the Home Cook

Nancy Cavillones

5 Stars

October 21, 2016

QUICK REVIEW: A THOUGHTFUL, APPROACHABLE, VISUALLY APPEALING COOKBOOK THAT MAKES EVEN THE MOST EXOTIC RECIPE SEEM  WITHIN REACH.

I admit, though, not every recipe in this book is for me. There are a fair amount of recipes that involve ingredients that have never found their way into my kitchen, like pig feet (for trotter broth) or chicken hearts (to be sautéed in brown butter), but to Fernald's credit, she makes even offal seem appealing. (Still not going to be made in my kitchen, though.)

There are plenty more recipes that I do plan to make!  So far, I've been able to try two of the recipes. One was the farinata, a chickpea flour pancake, which proved to be an excellent vehicle for almost anything. With only five ingredients, plus one optional ingredient (mortadella!), and a fast cooking time (ten minutes), it's a simple, affordable, highly adaptable addition to my repertoire of dinner accompaniments.

The other recipe was for pickled beets, but instead of beets, I pickled beautiful radishes from my weekly produce box.

A quick flip through the book reveals that nearly all the recipes consistent of ten ingredients or less, which even the most intimidating-sounding recipe feel do-able. No fancy, hard-to-find ingredients (except maybe the aforementioned offal...) or specialty cooking tools needed here!