Let me just say, that I don't even have to test any recipes in Food52 Genius Recipes to say it is a book worth buying. How is that possible? While I own a lot of cookbooks, and I use the ones I have, I also spend a lot of time on the internet trying to find new ideas. During those searches, I have come across Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread, Marion Cunningham's Yeast Raised Waffles and The Judy Bird, also known as a Dry-Brined Turkey. These are all recipes I have used, continue to use and have recommended.
There are quite a few things I really like about this book. First, it's beautiful; everything from it's cover, to the pictures, to the nice thick paper it's printed on. Second, these recipes don't require you to pick up a million weird, random and obscure ingredients nor do they require any difficult techniques. These recipes are good for people that are only good at making toast to people that bake their own bread with grain they grew and flour they ground themselves. Finally, since it is a compilation of so many of the innovative recipes I have found online, I can now throw out my printed copies of these recipes and simply use this book instead.
I was surprised that I haven't heard of some of these recipes sooner. I am flabbergasted at Kenny Shopsin's idea of making crepes out of flour tortillas! Flour tortillas! Craziness. If I hadn't been feeding my family five tons of Korean food in the last few weeks, I would be making Yotam Ottolenghi's Black Pepper Tofu tonight. I think they need a break from Asian food... Now that strawberry season is rearing it's beautiful, bright, red head, I will absolutely try River Cafe's Strawberry Lemon Sorbet. Who would have thought that a simple mix of strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and a whole lemon...you read that right, a whole lemon, pith and all...would make a scrumptious looking sorbet?
WOULD I BUY IT? Yes. Absolutely, yes.
I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to give a positive review, and if you read my blog, you know I'm a tell-it-like it is kind of girl. I mean what I say and say what I mean, that holds true for my review.