Updated comfort food from the team at Good and Plenty Cafe in Oakland, formerly of Chez Panisse
I received Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors last year and am glad to finally share it. June’s theme is hearty/grilling month, and I thought this book was a great addition. It features 250 recipes with bold flavors, think updated comfort food in hearty portions. It also includes many, many informative sidebars and notes, so you’ll learn a ton about ingredients and food lore as you go.
Layout and design:
The book is organized with an Introduction to American Cooking, followed by chapters containing starters and snacks, potages (soups), meats, game, poultry, fish and seafood, vegetables, grains, and sweets. The book includes conversion tables and an index in the back.
Recipes include chicken liver taquitos with ruby grapefruit peanut salsa, Cuban whitefish chowder with black beans and potato, Dutch oven pot roast with fennel, butter lettuce, and pancetta, pecan-crusted elk medallions with apple jalapeño jam, parmesan and cracker-crusted chicken with lemon cream, seared tuna with white beans and sautéed cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and nettle gratin, imperial linguini with roasted salmon, wrinkled olives, and salmon caviar cream, and walnut bundt cake soaked in coffee syrup.
What I liked about the book:
Fun interior design, excellent writing, creative recipes, wonderful sidebars of information.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
traditional eaters and people who love to cook
Not recommended for:
Migraine, low-sodium, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac/gluten-free diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.