I love flipping through cookbooks and marking all of the recipes that I want to make some day. But what about the recipes that don’t automatically appeal to you, they get left out. You may be missing a really delicious meal.
A few of us started a cookbook club. What better way to hear about recipes you might not have ever made? So much better than reading random reviews, you actually know the people who make it and if they say it’s good, it probably is.
We started with Milk Street by Christopher Kimball. He used to host the cooking shows Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. A great cooking show that tests a recipe a hundred different ways until they come up with the best possible outcome.
I started off with the Vietnamese Caramel Fish and Herb and Pistachio couscous. Both definite do-overs.
I have never prepared fish this way, it’s poached in a aromatic caramel sauce and topped with jalapeños and cilantro. The Couscous was really good. It’s a make ahead dish and gets better the longer it sits, perfect for a party. I would suggest not tossing in the pistachios if it’s made far ahead in advance, reserve for the last minute.
I went on to make the Spanish Pork Bites (pinches Morunos)
Crispy, tender and flavorful tidbits of pork, it was good, no leftovers good.
Along with that I made the Brussels Sprouts with anchovies and garlic. I am convinced you can add those two ingredients to anything and it will be good. The anchovies take on another flavor once cooked. The sprouts were charred and crispy and the honey adds a hint of sweetness. I will make these again but next time try roasting them in the oven opposed to on the stove.
I was happy with this cookbook and have a couple more recipes saved on my “to-make” list.