Review of Everyday Delicious – Chelsea Winter

Posted: December 27, 2014 in cookbook, Review

 everyday delicious

It is what it says on the tin, a book of recipes to be used on an everyday basis with (hopefully) delicious results. This is a relatively slim book, just over two hundred pages, which with each recipe illustrated on the opposite page makes for just over a hundred recipes. However, the percentage of useful recipes, for meals and treats that the average New Zealand family would create, eat, and enjoy is unusually high. There are recipes for muesli, macaroni cheese, spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, spaghetti with meatballs, banana cake, two variations on ribs, and four versions of burgers (if you include the “Good Morning Muffins” which are essentially pork sausage burgers). Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t have a recipe for macaroni cheese – there is a macaroni cheese recipe in one of my very first cookbooks from the early 1970’s and I can easily find many others dating all the way back to the first recorded recipes for makerouns in the 14th century. But these thing evolve, and it’s interesting to see what Chelsea has done with some of our favourites. And there are some great new ideas to try, like the kumara cake – about which my son was a bit hesitant at first, but he tells me that it grew on him… and he doesn’t even like kumara! The spiced pumpkin muffins turned out perfectly and were delicious!

I was pleased to see the recipe for dumpling dough following the “Prawn, Chicken and Chive Dumplings”, but was surprised that there was wasn’t a similar recipe for flour tortillas to go with the fish tacos and chicken nachos. I also wondered where the recipe for the beautiful pie that Chelsea is gazing at on page 149 had disappeared to. But those are small complaints, and overall this is an excellent collection of real recipes for real food. Definitely recommended, especially for those people who are learning to cook for their family and would like to try out some new dishes.

Random House New Zealand

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui

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