Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden and Martha Holmberg

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    • Ingredients: raw almonds
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    • Ingredients: nuts of your choice; seeds of your choice
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    • Ingredients: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
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    • Ingredients: butter; smoked paprika; dried red pepper flakes; black peppercorns; pepperoncini peppers; Tabasco sauce
    • Accompaniments: Corn fritters with pickled chiles
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    • Ingredients: black peppercorns; pecorino Romano cheese; Parmigiano Reggiano cheese; butter
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Sauces for meat; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: wild mushrooms; thyme; butter; parsley; rosemary; dried red pepper flakes
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    • Ingredients: ricotta cheese
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    • Ingredients: feta cheese
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    • Ingredients: balsamic vinegar; golden raisins; capers; canned anchovies; parsley
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    • Ingredients: pancetta; scallions; red wine vinegar
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    • Ingredients: red wine vinegar; fish sauce; pine nuts; dried red pepper flakes
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Spring; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: garlic; heavy cream; lemons
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    • Ingredients: parsley; basil; mint; tarragon; dill; mayonnaise; egg yolks
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    • Ingredients: artichoke hearts; basil; mint; mayonnaise; egg yolks
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; egg yolks; lemons; pickled vegetables of your choice; capers
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Notes about this book

  • DKennedy on September 25, 2017

    Several noters caution that the author is heavy handed with salt in recipes. Other than that, they appear to be quite successful!

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Asparagus, nettle, and green garlic frittata

    • Jane on June 16, 2021

      Like other notes here I had to sub for nettles - I used chopped mustard greens. This was quick to pull together - most of the time was spent finely slicing the garlic scapes and the asparagus. Very fresh and light though I can't see how this could serve 4 - more like 2 if this is a main meal with salad.

    • westminstr on May 10, 2018

      Subbed radish greens for the nettles and ramps for the green garlic. Also mixed the feta into the eggs. It was quite nice! Loved the instructions to thinly slice the asparagus.

    • westminstr on June 03, 2019

      Made again this year, with just asparagus stems and green garlic, subbing parm for feta, and reducing the quantity of eggs. Again, very nice! This frittata really tastes of spring.

    • allisonsemele on May 19, 2021

      Subbed baby kale for the nettles. A very green and spring-tasting frittata.

  • Potato and roasted cauliflower salad with olives, feta, and arugula

    • Jane on August 30, 2019

      Unlike all the previous note-makers, I didn't love this. Admittedly, I didn't have the full amount of feta (I had about half), I didn't have arugula and I roasted some broccoli as well that needed using but I don't think those changes made a big difference. In trying to analyze why it didn't work for me (as I like all the ingredients) I think it was the smashing of the potatoes rather having them in whole chunks. Some of the potato got smeared around the other ingredients, sort of like adding mashed potatoes to a salad. Not a repeat for me.

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      I mostly followed the recipe but instead of using the food processor to whip the feta and olive oil into a creamy dressing, I just crumbled some feta over the potatoes and cauliflower while they were still warm. That pretty much melted into them and I crumbled a little more over the salad just before serving. I also added soft boiled eggs to make this more of a meal. Excellent salad!

    • Aggie92 on August 02, 2018

      Fantastic! Everyone loved this. Only used half the olive oil in the whipped feta and it was plenty. I would consider leaving out the arugula next time. It made the salad pretty but it was a bit of a weird texture for a potato salad. I think Italian parsley would be a great substitute. Needed some extra lemon juice and a good sprinkling of salt to really make the flavors sing. Will definitely make this again.

    • TrishaCP on July 06, 2020

      I'm with Jane and I didn't love this- although I like everything that goes into making the salad. So I'm not sure what the deal was- I didn't mind the consistency of the potatoes. I think I didn't like the lemony dressing with all of the other acidic components. I skipped the pepperoncini and red pepper flakes for my mom's preference

    • nicolepellegrini on August 04, 2020

      Count me in among those who really liked this. Made as directed except I don't like feta cheese, so I used a mixture of ricotta salata and mozzarella to make the dressing. I loved how this lightened up a typical potato salad by using the roasted cauliflower, and to me the addition of the olives was great as well.

    • Nancith on June 03, 2022

      I very much liked this salad even though pepperoncini is not my favorite; my husband was rather ambivalent, perhaps because of the olives which he is not crazy about. I really like the overall piquancy of the flavor & the combination of ingredients works well together for my taste. I cut the recipe in half & wasn't concerned about being exact with my measurements.

    • mharriman on November 01, 2019

      I had a head of cauliflower I needed to use, found this recipe, and thought it would be fun to try based on the positive reviews. We loved this. It was a bit of a weird salad with the soup I made for a main dish but ended up being the best part of the meal. I used all of the ingredients except the peppers and pepper flakes, and used a spring mix of greens instead of arugula. I can see myself making this next summer as a side for bbq chicken or another summer meat dish, and will probably skip the greens as it tastes more like a potato salad than anything else to me.

    • Lepa on March 24, 2019

      This was so delicious! We added some extra chili oil at the end and it was delicious. Definitely a repeat.

    • Dcampos on May 24, 2020

      I really liked this but next time I will leave out the olives. I used Kalamata and they didn't seem to work.

    • sosayi on July 09, 2018

      Really delicious, even when forgetting to add the arugula that had been in the refrigerator. I did make the whipped feta dressing, but might not in the future. I actually had to add extra oil and lemon because it was so dry, so perhaps the way the others did it is better! Would make again.

    • anya_sf on September 01, 2018

      I omitted the pepperoncini and red pepper flakes. My cauliflower was larger than a pound, but the ingredient proportions are pretty flexible. I soaked the red onion in ice water for 10 min to reduce the bite (I'm not a fan of raw onion). I thought the oil in the feta was helpful, since the salad was fairly dry before adding that. We loved this salad!

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 04, 2018

      Doubled this for a party. Also just let feta melt in with the roasted cauliflower and didn’t add extra oil because there seemed to be enough. Someone said it was one of the best things she’d ever eaten, so I guess it was a hit!

    • Cochise on December 10, 2019

      Great vibrant salad. Substituted the potato with sweet potato and still turned out awesome. Does require a bit of fine tuning to get the seasoning right, which I believe should be lemon forward. I would definitely make this again.

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    • jgreenheck on January 15, 2022

      The sum is more than the parts of this recipe. Balanced, flavorful and light.

    • jenburkholder on August 01, 2021

      We really liked this and didn’t change a thing. Okay, one thing - we didn't bother whipping the feta, just crumbled in. Would definitely make again. I don’t think we’ve yet met a dish we thought had too much acid, though!

    • allisonsemele on November 10, 2020

      I really liked this--didn't use the full amount of pepperoncini as I was running out, but would definitely add the full amount next time, as I felt like it really added something. On the other hand, I don't think I would buy arugula just to make this--might try parsley next time instead.

    • Ganga108 on August 15, 2023

      Such a controversial dish - I am with the people who didn't really enjoy the dish. I think it would be better without the olives, and with less lemon. I loved the potato and cauliflower with the dressing - "smashed" to me means on the "lightly crushed" end rather than the "mashed" end of the "smashed" spectrum. This worked well for the potatoes. I'd make this salad again using toasted hazelnuts instead of the olives, less lemon, and put the rocket on the side. (NOTE: I am a lover of olives and of liberal use of lemon. It was just too much in this dish.)

    • pomegranate on September 21, 2022

      This was more than the sum of its parts. Used goat cheese instead of feta. Didn’t add potatoes but will definitely include next time.

  • Spaghetti with small tomatoes, garlic, basil, and chiles

    • Jane on September 10, 2021

      A lovely late-summer supper, using very ripe Sun Golds from my CSA and some grocery store red cherry toms. I loved the combination of the garlicky cooked down tomatoes and basil with the just warmed through additions at the end. I didn't add breadcrumbs, just Parm. Definitely a repeat.

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      In this recipe, the garlic, half of the tomatoes and basil get cooked down into a sauce while the rest are added to the pan as the pasta finishes cooking in the sauce so you get both cooked and fresh flavors. I can't say it's head and shoulders better than other versions of I've made but it was quick, easy and very good.

    • TrishaCP on August 06, 2021

      Another fan here. I agree that my garlic took quite a while to soften- probably double the time specified by the recipe. I used whole wheat spaghetti and I thought the flavors of the sauce (especially the dried red pepper flakes) worked well here.

    • Barb_N on August 27, 2019

      Another voice in the chorus- this is very tasty. My garlic was a bit dry so it almost burned and didn't melt into the sauce. Easy weeknight meal with more complexity than a typical fresh tomato sauce. I topped it with torn croutons instead of breadcrumbs.

    • joanhuguet on August 20, 2019

      This is so incredibly good, many steps beyond any other pasta with fresh tomatoes that I’ve ever made. Using the tomatoes and the basil both cooked and raw gives this such depth of flavor.

    • Lepa on August 30, 2018

      This is luscious and worth the hype. I was concerned that my garlic would burn and am tempted to cook it a bit less before adding the first batch of tomatoes next time. Everyone in my family loved this and the recipe barely made enough for the four of us but I suspect it wouldn't scale up well.

    • metacritic on August 10, 2022

      Holy moly this is an unusually great rendition of this dish.It rivals a similar dish in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat that relies on confited cherry tomatoes. I don't know which is easier (or better) but this one is quicker to be sure. I love this dish -- and it is beautiful, too. Will make again without a doubt.

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      Just lovely, a mix of supermarket and farmers market cherry toms gave a nice variety of tomato flavours from jammy and mellow to bright acidity. My garlic took ages to soften though - probably the slowest part of the recipe!

    • anya_sf on August 30, 2018

      Very tasty when made with peak-season cherry tomatoes. I omitted the red pepper flakes as my son doesn't like them. Skipped the breadcrumbs and served with whipped ricotta on top, which made the sauce deliciously creamy.

    • patioweather on July 03, 2018

      Requires no chopping!

    • Macnclaire on August 29, 2018

      Using peak season heirloom tomatoes this was pasta perfection for this house. I ate the leftovers the following day and was just as happy!

    • etcjm on January 03, 2021

      Lovely and rich from so few ingredients and so little work. I admit to using off season tomatoes but with the normally expensive out of reach tomatoes reduced to 10p a pack, I picked up plenty to try some new recipes. I used 3 garlic cloves and next time will make sure I have masses of basil and try the breadcrumbs. I would put more chilli in, I was over cautious and they didn't come through with the acidity of the tomatoes. Winner.

    • allisonsemele on September 18, 2021

      The whole cherry tomatoes are pretty, but are kind of annoying to eat. If I remade this, I would slice them in half. This tasted nice, but doesn’t compete with my favorite cherry tomato sauce, which is even easier.

  • Winter squash and leek risotto

    • Jane on April 23, 2018

      This was a very tasty risotto. There were a couple of differences from the many risottos I’ve made before. The rice cooked for 15 minutes before the wine and stock were added. And the stock cooked with squash to give it extra flavor (it worked). I’d make this again definitely.

    • sosayi on January 19, 2024

      I’ve made this a handful of times, with minor tweaks, but it’s a great recipe! The squash cooked in the stock, combined with the grated squash in the risotto, adds loads of flavor. I can confirm that it’s super quick to grate in the food processor. I also had leftover stock, but froze it for the next time! And, if you have leftover risotto, it tastes great in the accompanying arancini recipe!

    • patioweather on August 20, 2019

      Delicious. I didn't need to add nearly as much stock, so I ended up with a lot of leftover squash broth.

    • sg1029 on January 18, 2024

      really good, takes a while to grate the squash so maybe try with a food processor.

  • Roasted squash with yogurt, walnuts, and spiced green sauce

    • Jane on February 19, 2020

      It’s the green sauce that makes this special. It’s really good and I can imagine using it in lots of ways. Odd that you meant to drain the yogurt until thick and then drizzle it. You can’t drizzle something thick.

    • jzanger on February 18, 2020

      Absolutely delicious, and beautiful! What a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. The effort put into this is rewarded with the final product 100 percent.

    • nicolepellegrini on February 08, 2021

      Delicious. Could easily make and serve this as a very satisfying vegetarian main course. As others said, did not need nearly as much green sauce as suggested for this amount of squash, but I'll be making good use of it elsewhere (as always I pan-roasted the garlic instead of using it raw to save my sensitive stomach.)

    • bernalgirl on November 12, 2021

      This is amazing. I am pretty neutral on winter squash and often give away whatever comes in my CSA. I’m happy to make this from now on, the yogurt and zhug-inspired sauce beautifully balance the sweetness of the squash. I’d also try this with chimichurri.

    • clkandel on July 24, 2020

      This is delicious. I just used Greek yogurt instead of draining plain yogurt. Also, used our "magic" sauce, which we always have on hand and is very similar to the green sauce recipe.

    • Lepa on January 22, 2024

      I loved this but the rest of my family thought it was just okay. We aren't huge squash lovers. We ate it as a main with a green salad so maybe I will serve it as a side with something else next time.

    • amandabeck on January 13, 2024

      Tasty but too fussy for a weeknight unless you swap the homemade green sauce for store-bought zhoug.

    • etcjm on October 06, 2020

      I almost daren't review this because I made so many subs! Added an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic and then chickpeas and green beans half way through to the pumpkin. Didn't have enough herbs so added some spinach and basil to the green sauce. The full quantity would make way too much I think. All this worked, biggest balls up was that I used mascarpone instead of yoghurt. Kind of worked because you need a creamy element but I'm afraid with the lemon and garlic it was like a garic cheesecake mix. Hey ho. I will do again though, so much flavour. Oh and looking for the recipe name to review have realized I forgot the walnuts..... Not one of my most organised meals.

    • robinswood on August 22, 2019

      Amazing recipe. Could make half the green sauce if nowhere else to use it within the week. Even the kids loved it.

    • jenburkholder on December 26, 2021

      This was excellent. The combination of flavors was really nice, even with our not-very-good squash. Plus, now we have extra sauce! (Which we added a bit of mint to and would recommend doing.)

    • allisonsemele on February 01, 2021

      Loved this--all of the flavors from the various components really come together in an interesting way. Don't skip the walnuts! Didn't bother to drain the yogurt and liked it that way. I agree with another commenter that you could definitely get away with half the recommended green sauce. I had a lot left over.

    • Babycarrot on September 24, 2023

      We are venturing into squash season here in the Northeast and got a few delicata in my CSA. I made my green sauce a bit spicier and it was great with the cooling yogurt. I used whole milk plain regular yogurt which was more drizzle-able than I imagine greek yogurt might be.

  • Tomato soup with arugula, torn croutons, and pecorino

    • mjperkins on July 29, 2019

      The hot sauce makes the difference.

    • SheilaS on August 20, 2018

      If you're going to make soup with mid-summer tomatoes, this is probably the one you should make. There's a bit of onion, a little garlic, a dash of hot sauce but it's all about beautiful tomatoes, cooked for just 5 minutes and then puréed. The garnishes add texture and depth so don't skip them. I added a teaspoon of honey to balance the acid in the tomatoes but otherwise made it as written.

    • Yildiz100 on September 29, 2017

      I was super skeptical about this because it is cooked for such a short time and because it has no added water, but it turned out pretty well. It is weirdly in between cooked and raw and I am not sure that was a good thing. The author does not instruct you to peel the tomatoes which concerned me, but with my immersion blender there were no noticeable skins. (If you use a fp you might have noticeable bits of skin though.) It is very fresh tasting so I thought it might be good cold, as the author suggests, so I gave that a try. It was a flop though. The arugula doesn't have much bite in the soup but it looks great. The croutons are delicious. We ate the extras like chips.

    • Rinshin on September 23, 2019

      Excellent soup. Due to minimal cooking of tomatoes, it is very light and fresh tasting compared to deeper taste of long cooked tomatoes. In Epicurious version, 1 C of water is added. I took the middle ground and added 1/2 C. Had watercress to use up and it added the green spicy component to the soup instead of arugula. Added the hot sauce per individual taste instead of adding to the whole soup. Used immersion blender. Makes great use of abundant end of the season home grown tomatoes and thyme. Photo added.

    • joanhuguet on August 20, 2019

      This is now my favorite tomato soup. Fresh tasting due to being nearly raw, without a hint of sweetness or starchiness. The hot sauce adds liveliness without making the soup spicy. I’ve switched up tomato variety/color, herbs, and garnishes to great effect.

  • Farro and carrot salad with apricots, pistachios, and whipped ricotta

    • mjperkins on August 24, 2019

      Two sub-recipes but both are simple.

    • nicolepellegrini on February 06, 2021

      Very filling, as mentioned. I did like this quite a bit. Next time I would soak the red onions in cold water for a while to make them less harsh and use more carrots.

    • EmilyR on January 08, 2024

      If you enjoyed this salad, you will likely also like Andy Baraghani's jammy zucchini farro, too. I used some left over carrot that I juiced and then followed the rest of the recipe as written with apricots, pistachios, and shallots instead of red onion. This is a solid and filling salad that has some great Middle Eastern flavors.

    • VineTomato on October 21, 2017

      Divine! The whipped ricotta is totally delish! I used dates in place of apricots, a suggested alternative in the recipe which we think worked brilliantly. It was surprisingly filling. Looking forward to the next time.

    • meginyeg on December 11, 2022

      I really liked this. Will make again.

    • puddlemere on June 25, 2019

      I took a couple of the suggestions below and this turned out really nicely. I used pickled shallots in place of the onion and I left out the ricotta and just used the crumbled feta. I also added some roasted cauliflower along with the carrots. The leftovers also kept well for lunch the next day.

    • hashi on November 30, 2023

      Wowzers! This is a great salad. Subbed dates for apricots, added more carrots, and a little more vinegar. Putting this one into frequent rotation.

    • clcorbi on October 23, 2017

      Really delicious. I substituted goat cheese for the feta. I am not a huge ricotta fan, and so didn't really find it necessary here, especially since there are also chunks of cheese mixed throughout the salad. Very good, regardless.

    • mister_goose on December 30, 2018

      The raw onion is a bit overpowering for me, so I’ve subbed quick-pickled shallots to take the bite out with pleasant results!

    • pomegranate on September 27, 2022

      I roasted the carrots and onion in the oven. This was a winner. Husband loved it.

  • Cauliflower ragu

    • Cheri on August 21, 2021

      We liked this. I agree the spices, lemon garlic are all needed to amp this up. Also, we two will have lunch for a few days. All in all, would repeat.

    • mlbatt on September 26, 2018

      I added about a cup of frozen peas for color and used some vegetable broth instead of the first cup of water to cook the cauliflower. The rotini was whole wheat. The dish was quite nice but the yield was much more than 4 servings. We'll have leftovers for days (hopefully it won't get funky too soon). McFadden advises to season this well - and it's a valid point; this recipe could be quite bland. So be sure to use best quality ingredients (my super-hot Penzey's chili flakes and fresh rosemary from our yard made the dish). Will make it again but probably 1/2 the recipe for just the two of us.

    • nicolepellegrini on July 31, 2020

      This was...ok, but not the best cauliflower/pasta dish in my regular rotation by any stretch of the imagination. Quite bland for me. I prefer those that have a little meat in them to add body (like bacon or pancetta) or that draw on Sicilian flavors by adding pine nuts, raisins and breadcrumbs, etc. I found it one note for all that cooking time; not sure I'd make again.

    • bernalgirl on September 01, 2020

      Not my favorite cauliflower or pasta dish, took a lot to zhuzh it up. A rare miss in this amazing cookbook.

    • clkandel on September 26, 2021

      Overall, liked this dish. Added some extra crushed red pepper at the table to spice it up some. Think it needs some added color - maybe spinach pasta or spinach or peas added to the cauliflower. Feel like this would have served 6, not 4.

    • Nancith on September 14, 2023

      Thought the flavor of this dish was fabulous! Long cooking really melded the ingredients so it didn't taste overwhelmingly of rosemary or cauliflower or onion, just a really lovely fusion of flavors. Yes, you have to season it prodigiously, but most recipes benefit from careful seasoning. Agree with others that it could use a pop of color for appearance's sake, either through using spinach pasta or squid ink pasta, or by adding peas, baby spinach, or even bits of sun-dried tomato. Definitely on my favorites list.

    • Rradishes on November 30, 2017

      This was good, but butter and lemon really add a lot of flavor.

    • lizbot2000 on July 17, 2017

      This took a while to cook but most of that time was hands-off, so overall it was pretty easy to make. If I were to do it over, I'd add more red pepper flakes.

    • purrviciouz on September 16, 2019

      We enjoyed this and thought it would make a nice contribution to the weekly weeknight vegetarian pasta rotation. I think next time I'd roughly chop the rosemary leaves. With just putting the sprig in, the whole leaves were a bit woody and I found myself picking them out.

  • Cauliflower steak with provolone and pickled peppers

    • gastronom on February 01, 2019

      Great flavor and a good change of pace using cauliflower.

    • nicolepellegrini on October 02, 2020

      Cutting the steaks was a little bit more of a challenge than expected - only got two nice big ones, the rest broke apart in smaller pieces. May just have been the luck of the cauliflower! I did like this, actually found the leftovers were even better the next day as the topping flavors blended together (even if no longer crispy).

    • Lepa on March 11, 2018

      This was delicious. I couldn't stop eating the amazing topping. I highly recommend this dish.

    • Wojtanowski on July 11, 2018

      Excellent...easy for a dinner party...rave reviews

    • luluinphilly on November 30, 2022

      This is so delicious. The success of making "steaks" out of the cauliflower is unpredictable. I have started putting all the cauliflower rubble and stragglers onto another baking sheet and dumping the extra topping onto them to bake at the same time --not as cute but equally yummy.

  • Squash and "tuna melt" casserole

    • gastronom on August 26, 2017

      Delicious combination, even without the scallions which were not available & I had to substitute za'atar for thyme. Hot day, so I grilled the squash which enhanced the flavor and kept them dry. Worked well, though I had to broil it in the end to have it resemble the fabulous picture.

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      The casserole was a bit salty for my taste. The squash are salted to draw out excess moisture and I blotted them well but should have given them a quick rinse first. This would probably be successful made with old grocery store zucchini but the flavor and texture of the farm-fresh squash make it pretty special.

    • MollyB on August 23, 2018

      I was very disappointed in this recipe, and ended up just tossing the leftovers. The poor results may have been due to the mediocre tuna I used, which was all I could find at my grocery store and I think the taste of it did not work in the dish at all. I'd recommend using high quality tuna if you are making this.

    • southerncooker on July 23, 2018

      I got a variety of great squash - zucchini, patty pan and yellow and I'd been wanting to try this. Daughter and I enjoyed it although she thought a bit on the salty side. Next time I'd take a hint from someone's note to maybe rinse after letting the squash sit after salting.

    • FJT on July 29, 2019

      Oh dear - family verdict: Tastes OK, but smells like dog food! They had a point; guess I won't be making this again.

    • Rinshin on November 12, 2017

      This was ok, but not something I would make again unless I changed it up to add more taste elements. The initial cooking of zucchini took about 20 min instead of 15 although I was using small zucchini. It's a very easy recipe but I did not feel "the tuna melt elation." Basically, zucchini, small amount of sauteed green onion, tuna flakes topped with cheddar cheese. There are other zucchini recipes I like better and others I want to to try.

    • VineTomato on June 29, 2017

      This dish is surprisingly good. We loved it and I'm already planning to make it again - I feel a tuna melt addiction coming on. We don't get a great selection of summer squash in the supermarkets in the UK - no gem squash or pattypans - I wonder why - we grew up with an abundance of these in South Africa. I used butternut squash and courgette which worked brilliantly. Sweating the courgettes is a technique I will use again and then roasting without any oil worked brilliantly too. I roasted the butternut separately with some olive oil, salt and pepper. This is a lovely replacement for my less healthy tuna casserole that contains pasta and cream!

    • Rradishes on May 03, 2018

      This was just ok. However, I did not salt and drain the squash for 2 hours as the recipe suggested, which may be a big improvement. Otherwise the dish came out soggy and a little bland. I would want to repeat it with some additions just not sure what yet.

    • anya_sf on August 30, 2018

      It was good, not great. I substituted dill for thyme. I used probably 2 lbs zucchini/summer squash, salted 3 hours, then rinsed and dried - didn't want to risk having it too salty - it ended up perfect. The squash roasted fine in 15 minutes, and the whole thing was warm with melty cheese in another 15. So it didn't require a lot of effort. The flavors were fine together, but the whole thing didn't meld the way I'd hoped.

    • purrviciouz on August 13, 2018

      I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I loved the flavor of the scallion mixture and will use it in scrambled eggs or an egg bake in the future. Instead of reheating my leftovers at work (because of the tuna) I let it come to room temp and I actually preferred that to fresh from the oven.

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 24, 2019

      We loved this. Used 2 large zucchini from the garden and served on top on toasted ciabatta. The bread was awesome for soaking up the cooked down juices.

  • Brined and roasted almonds

    • gastronom on January 04, 2018

      Nice crisp texture with minimal effort. Just slightly too salty for my tasters.

    • okcook on July 16, 2019

      We found the salt level to be perfect. Easy to eat with no surface salt. These will be made again.

    • Yildiz100 on October 29, 2017

      This was easy and produced a tasty, toasty almond with just the right amount of salt. Will definitely repeat.

    • Jacqi on December 22, 2017

      These were fast, easy with hardly any washing up. Tasted good too. Used them as small Christmas gifts.

  • Pistachio butter

    • gastronom on January 27, 2018

      Thought this was going to be very flavorful, but it was not. Perhaps I should have added the lemon/lime juice or more salt.

    • SheilaS on August 26, 2018

      This pistachio butter is called for in the Beet Slaw on p 133 and absolutely makes the dish.

    • prst on July 22, 2018

      Please note that Joshua uses a particular type of vinegar in all of his recipes as noted in his book- agrodolce. "Regular" vinegars are not appropriate substitutes measure for measure.

    • Tweedles81 on May 28, 2018

      Following the recipe as written yields a beautiful looking butter that is practically inedible. The vinegar and salt should have been cut in half to start.

    • Bloomie on June 28, 2021

      Made this yesterday to put beneath the beet slaw. Very tasty and delicious! Perhaps the others who did not find this tasty used old pistachios or did not toast the nuts.

    • kaityblueeyes on June 23, 2022

      Soooo good. Run and make this. Couldn’t find unsalted pistachio at my grocery store so just forgo the addition of salt in food processor. Still amazing. Eat with beet slaw on top.

  • Farro

    • westminstr on May 04, 2018

      I agree, farro was tasty cooked this way.

    • TrishaCP on February 28, 2021

      This is great farro. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to add bay leaves to farro cooking water before, but now I always will.

    • nicolepellegrini on February 06, 2021

      As others have noted, I believe this will become my go-to method for preparing basic farro from now on.

    • runoutofshelves on June 23, 2017

      I loved this too, simple, and really flavoursome accompaniment.

    • clcorbi on June 13, 2017

      A nice method for cooking farro that imparts much more flavor than simply boiling it in salted water. We liked the extra dimension this farro added to our grain bowl.

    • khopkins1012 on November 13, 2019

      It has become my go to way to make farro.

    • anya_sf on August 24, 2018

      Great, flavorful way to cook farro. I omitted the red pepper flakes, since my kid doesn't like spicy. Quick-cooking (10 minute) farro worked fine.

  • Artichoke and farro salad with salami and herbs

    • westminstr on May 04, 2018

      My changes included purchased artichokes (grilled, marinated from WF), reduced the red onion by half and pickled it in the vinegar (this was plenty), reduced the olive oil a bit, panko crumbs (toasted w salt & olive oil). I chopped the herbs as well. I really liked the results! Especially loved the texture provided by the breadcrumbs, and I thought the amount of vinegar (i used champagne) was just right.

    • SheilaS on September 28, 2018

      This is kind of like an antipasto platter crossed with a grain bowl. I used spelt instead of farro. I liked the crunch of dried breadcrumbs but I'd like to add some crisp vegetables next time. The recipe calls for 4 poached artichoke quarters for 4 servings. I'm thinking it should probably be 4 poached artichokes, quartered and that's about what I used.

    • nicolepellegrini on June 16, 2020

      Loved this (and glad to see I'm not the only one who "cheated" by using already prepared artichokes.) Great way to use some of the fresh herbs all growing in my garden right now and seemed to come out like a "healthier" version of an Italian antipasto salad, what with the farro and herbs. I could see adding other elements such as olives and some cheese (perhaps fontina) in the future, and that it would be a great dish for a buffet or picnic.

    • Barb_N on March 28, 2019

      I prepped this a day in advance, leaving whole leaf herbs on top to mix in later. Spent all night at work so eating for lunch 36 h later. Chopped herbs would certainly have suffered the delay but would be preferable for ease of eating. I added green olives and skipped the bread crumbs. My 1 c farro made a very scant 2 c cooked, so I cut way back on the red onion, keeping the herb amount the same. Interesting...possibly a repeat, hewing more closely to the instructions next time.

    • clcorbi on June 13, 2017

      The author calls this recipe his "man snack" which was so weird that I pretty much had to try it out. Well, we really enjoyed this man snack as well (although we ate it for dinner!). Unfortunately, our farmer's market never has fresh artichokes, so we subbed a can of high-quality marinated ones. We also chopped our herbs rather than leaving them in whole leaves, and used less than called for (he calls for over 3c herbs, which seemed much too high for the 2c of farro). Also, we substituted red wine vinegar for white, and added it to taste (so we ended up using a bit less than called for). The result is a delicious, substantial grain salad that keeps really well. I wouldn't hesitate to make it again, and might even double the quantity to have more leftovers. Yum.

    • sosayi on May 17, 2018

      Great grain salad... I can see using this for picnics and such all summer long. Changes: I used jarred, marinated artichokes; shallots in place of red onions; chopped herbs; panko toasted with garlic, salt and olive oil. Will be repeated, and seeing Clcorbi's note on red wine vinegar, I might try that next time, too!

    • purrviciouz on April 23, 2018

      Since cooking from Six Seasons we've become a fan of any salad that includes salami. I used fresh artichokes and while delicious, it was very time consuming and I'm not sure worth the effort here. Next time I will used marinated chokes and chop the herbs.

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Can't stop making this, endlessly variable with the baseline artichokes, farro and salami. Use high quality pickled artichokes and dial back the vinegar to compensate. Benefits from a maldon salt finish.

  • Raw asparagus salad with breadcrumbs, walnuts, and mint

    • westminstr on June 03, 2019

      Can't believe I haven't posted on this dish before, but it is a regular for me during asparagus season. I have used Panko for breadcrumbs and also omitted them. I like to use just the stems for this dish and then tuck the extra tips into something else.

    • SheilaS on April 26, 2018

      This is really delicious and I've made it several times so far with fresh spring asparagus from the farmers market. It can served as a salad course or a room-temp side dish. I'd like to try adding eggs or shrimp to make it into a main dish. If you want crispy breadcrumbs, add them at the end so they don't sit around and get soggy in the lemon juice and olive oil.

    • nicolepellegrini on May 25, 2020

      Loved this. I waited to add the breadcrumbs until right before serving so they wouldn't get soggy and used only a splash of olive oil - I didn't think it needed much at all as the other ingredients made such a light and fresh dressing. Very addictive and wonderful texture. Will definitely make again when it's time to celebrate asparagus season.

    • southerncooker on April 30, 2018

      I'm usually not a big mint fan and neither is my daughter but we both thought it worked in this salad. This salad definitely screams spring.

    • bernalgirl on May 31, 2021

      Absolutely delicious with pencil-thin asparagus, what a great balance of flavors. Does not keep well, the breadcrumbs go to mush, but wonderful fresh

    • hirsheys on June 14, 2018

      Really tasty - amounts flexible. Would also be good with pecans (which I have in stock more often than walnuts). I used breadcrumbs that I made out of pita bread and aleppo pepper.

    • bching on May 04, 2022

      Delicious with my first asparagus harvest of 2022. I used hazelnuts in place of walnuts and will continue to make this recipe with them.

    • mharriman on April 01, 2021

      As others have noted, this is a tasty salad. Made half a recipe for two of us. I used Dave’s Killer bread w/ power seed bread crumbs and they added a nice texture to the other ingredients. This tastes fine with less than called for olive oil. I reduced it in my portion (working down my quarantine +15) but left the correct amount in husband’s serving.

    • Barb_N on July 14, 2020

      It’s late in the season so I blanched the asparagus. Simple but with complex layers of flavor. With the parmesan, this does not need any more salt. Garnished with garlic chives because that’s what I had.

    • runoutofshelves on October 29, 2022

      It's spring in Melbourne, very wet, but the asparagus is very cheap, and this recipe is such a ripper!

    • Lepa on March 24, 2019

      We had this at a dinner party tonight and my friend added chili oil to make it spicy. It was a great touch. I've made it before (non-spicy) and the spicy version was even better.

    • Lepa on March 07, 2018

      This is very good. I forgot to add the mint but it was delicious without; I'm sure it would be even better with. Do make a point of heeding the book's advice and eat some raw asparagus when it first appears. This is a fabulous way to make that happen.

    • Dcampos on May 24, 2020

      Every time I make this, everyone loves it. I made it today using nut crumbs instead of Panko. It tasted just as good.

    • etcjm on April 11, 2019

      Third time I've 'cooked' this. This time (because of the audience) I used 200g asparagus and then steamed some sugar snaps and french beans to make up the quantity. I also ensured this time I added the amount required of herbs which seems a lot. The extra herbs created a different dish and one which I enjoyed much more. The leftovers, which were eaten on the train made all jealous as it was so aromatic! Even my son who hates mint enjoyed it.

    • snoozermoose on May 30, 2022

      Made this last week with my CSA asparagus. This was so tasty and pretty simple to make! A joy to eat alongside shrimp scampi.

    • pomegranate on March 29, 2022

      I love this recipe. I’ve made it several times using less olive oil than the recipe calls for. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days, too.

  • Fava, farro, pecorino, and salami salad

    • westminstr on June 03, 2019

      We really enjoyed this one! Subbed asparagus for favas and cut the red wine vinegar amount by half. Also used parm instead of pecorino. Also had to omit the parsley because I was out, but that would have been good I'm sure.

    • SheilaS on September 18, 2018

      Kind of like eating an antipasto platter in a salad bowl, it's a salad that will be fun to play with. I used spelt instead of farro, Point Reyes Toma instead of pecorino fresco and frozen fava beans instead of fresh. I'm sure fresh favas would be great but edamame or any number of other beans would work. This is dressed very simply with red wine vinegar and olive oil and the sweet/tart flavor of the Katz brand vinegar that McFadden recommends added a lot. I found the specified amount of salt to be too much and will dial back next time.

    • ldtrieb on May 14, 2018

      Spring in a bite! I rubbed a cut young garlic on the toast instead of adding it to the salad.

    • Lepa on April 14, 2021

      We had the first fresh fava beans of the season and this salad was a marvelous way to enjoy them. This comes together easily and, like all of his recipes, it is so complex and delicious.

    • purrviciouz on April 05, 2018

      Great combination of flavors and textures. Will make again subbing a different vegetable when fava is not in season and will try doubling the herbs.

    • Lsblackburn1 on May 18, 2019

      Delicious! At first I thought it was going to be too vinegary but the flavor mellowed as it sat and was perfect in the end. Can see bringing this to summer potlucks!

  • Celery, sausage, provolone, olives, and pickled peppers

    • westminstr on October 16, 2017

      I left out the sausage, toned down the vinegar (on account of missing sausage), subbed roasted peppers (on account of the kids), parm for provolone bc I couldn't find decent provolone. The pickled peppers are definitely better though roasted were acceptable (added pickled to the adult portion). The parm flavor got lost in the salad in future if provolone isn't available I would go with grana padano. It was still a good salad and even better the next day.

    • bernalgirl on May 31, 2021

      This really does taste just like an Italian hoagie. As a west coast girl, the hoagie aspect was not a huge draw for me but the east coast family loved it and I’d make it again for a family bbq or other gathering, it holds well and the flavor improves with a few hours marinating. I used salami finocchiona diced small in place of sausage, halved anchovy-stuffed olives, and homemade pickled peppers. I’d also consider castelvetrano olives, but would definitely use salami again.

    • jenmacgregor18 on June 19, 2018

      It is just like an Italian submarine, as salad. I found a mild Italian sausage & a good provolone. Otherwise, I used what I had on hand: oregano instead of thyme & shallots instead of red onion...and mild pickled banana peppers. (I added a little extra hot pepper to my portion.) I think the color of the red onion, as written, would be better. Otherwise it is fantastic. I scarfed this down. And it looks like it will keep for a couple days too.

    • breakthroughc on June 28, 2022

      Love this salad. I made it recently for a picnic and it is a great salad to take to a picnic or potluck. It travels well and can hold up in heat. The leftovers get better the next day. I usually add the celery leaves to the salad.

    • dgiles on May 21, 2021

      Love this recipe. All the ingredients go so well together. I added a Persian cucumber because I had some, but stuck to the recipe on everything else. One of the things I like best is the light touch of vinegar and oil, rather than the salad being drowned in a heavy dressing.

  • Burnt carrots with honey, black pepper, butter, and almonds

    • westminstr on March 12, 2018

      The timing on this recipe was way off. Also 2 tbsp honey is way too much. I cut it back to 1 and it was still too sweet for me. I would have preferred maple syrup and less of it. The charring is a good idea so I may still toy with this one.

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      I made this as a quick weeknight side. Effortless, and required only ingredients I always have in my pantry. It was good but I think I prefer Jean Georges carrots, though those take quite a bit more attention and time.

    • nicolepellegrini on February 14, 2021

      I should have read the notes first to correct the cook times as suggested (or slice thinner). I didn't get a good burn on mine, and the bigger carrots were still pretty much only half-cooked when done. Still, the flavor was interesting so I might try again in the future. It is a pretty dish, especially when using multi-color carrots.

    • southerncooker on March 25, 2018

      I made a half recipe of this. I didn't cook my whole carrots as long as I should have since not all of them were completely done. Son-in-law said he liked them better with a little bite left in them instead of completely soft. They did taste quite good and normally I don't care for sweetened carrots. I think the soak in the vinegar for a few minutes before putting back in oven with the honey and butter helps that factor for me. I'll try these again and blacken them a bit more to see how they taste that way.

    • bching on October 15, 2018

      I made half the recipe, supposedly two servings, but easily ate it all. Even so, I'm not sure I'll repeat this. I thought it was too sweet and the olive oil and butter clashed.

    • ldtrieb on July 02, 2018

      I really burnt these on the bbq however they were great. Put the rest of the ingredients in but didn’t go back in the oven, just let them sit for a few minutes. I’ll do this again, maybe a little less burnt.

    • hashi on September 21, 2019

      I’m not a huge cooked carrot fan, but these cooked carrots are pretty tasty. I only had walnuts, so I used those and they were great, especially with the honey. Next time I’ll cook / crisp them longer. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    • clcorbi on October 16, 2017

      I think this recipe has potential. For me, though, I don't really like adding sweet ingredients (like honey) to already sweet vegetables. I thought if I only used a small amount of honey it'd be okay, but it still wasn't my thing. That being said, I liked the technique of roasting the carrots on high heat first, then finishing them at a lower heat.

    • dantullis on February 15, 2019

      Two notes: 1) cook the carrots longer than indicated in the recipe on the first go around; and 2) don't skip the almonds. The almonds take it from good to wow.

    • Kduncan on October 22, 2019

      Easy recipe to cook, though I found the first cook time short. Didn’t get a good burn on them. Used honey with less sweetness, which worked well with the vinegar.

    • danlaik on November 24, 2023

      This was good! By habit I threw a baking mat on my baking sheet, but that ended up preventing the browning of the carrots. Oops.

  • Spaghetti with Swiss chard, pine nuts, raisins, and chiles

    • westminstr on June 03, 2019

      Made subbing cranberries and almonds for the raisins and pinenuts, as that was what I had in hand. Also dialed back on the butter a bit. This was delicious! My bunch of chard was on the small side and I would have liked a bit more. I threw in some extra broccoli rabe that was lurking in the fridge, and that helped.

    • TrishaCP on June 04, 2021

      This recipe definitely exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t find the pine nuts so used slivered almonds instead (and they were so good I would probably do that again) and pecorino romano for the cheese.

    • nicolepellegrini on October 13, 2020

      Very good! I do enjoy swiss chard but on its own it can be quite strong, and I have a hard time finding a pasta dish that really showcases it well. This did the trick! Just the right balance of sweet, sour, cheesy and spicy, though it does take playing around with the balance of oil, salt, butter and cheese to get just right.

    • Astrid5555 on November 11, 2017

      Inspired by this week‘s notes about this recipe, I had to give it a try when I found some Swiss chard at the market. Unfortunately, my chard was quite tough and had a strong earthy flavor to it. However, the combination of vinegary raisins, chile flakes and toasted pine nuts with the Swiss chard on pasta is phenomenal. Will definitely repeat with better chard!

    • meggan on November 24, 2021

      Why is this so good? Don’t know, but it is.

    • hirsheys on May 26, 2019

      I had a beautiful batch of rainbow chard in my CSA this week, so I finally tried this recipe. It's very yummy and quite simple, all in all. Make sure to cut the chard small so it can cook through. (I used golden raisins, which look especially pretty.)

    • VineTomato on November 07, 2017

      Amazing new recipe to add to the pasta repertoire! Yay! It was so good in fact we had another batch of Swiss chard with pine nuts, raisin and red pepper flakes the next evening as a side dish - also divine!

    • grindabod on November 15, 2021

      I agree with everyone, this is an amazing pasta dish! Pretty simple, and every little detail makes the dish work as a whole: luscious pasta (thank you butter), flavourful greens, crunchy pine nuts, and those sweet/sour hits of the raisins. I wouldn't change a thing. This is definitely one of the recipes from this book I've come back to the most.

    • bwhip on November 08, 2017

      Wow, this was really good! So easy to make, and yielded a terrific mix of sweet, spicy, creamy and crunchy bites. I swapped in dried cranberries for raisins, and my wife and I both really enjoyed the dish.

    • dc151 on October 30, 2021

      Simple and fairly quick to make, nice balance of flavors, and a great way to get in some dark leafy greens.

    • Samallyn6 on August 04, 2020

      This is one of my favorite quick and healthy dinners. We absolutely love the flavors!

    • Babycarrot on July 19, 2023

      Sometimes simple is best and this recipe is a simple pantry meal. Used whole wheat pasta and subbed golden raisins as that is what I had on hand. Luckily some beautiful chard in the CSA box. Dialed a bit back on the butter. Will increase the chard next time as a bunch is fairly subjective and I didn’t use enough. Will make again.

  • The kale salad that started it all

    • westminstr on October 16, 2017

      I subbed parm for pecorino and aleppo pepper for flakes. I also used croutons (made from prosciutto bread) instead of breadcrumbs. Otherwise followed the recipe, and it was delicious.

    • vickster on November 17, 2020

      Delicious salad! I didn't change a thing, except for using traditional curly kale. I loved it.

    • nicolepellegrini on August 16, 2020

      Very good. I used garlic powder instead of raw garlic (which I can't eat.) Personally I loved the breadcrumbs and it was what elevated this version of a raw kale salad over others I've made before.

    • Lepa on May 26, 2019

      Love this simple kale salad!

    • mister_goose on December 30, 2018

      Tossed in a handful of pine nuts for a little extra texture - highly recommend!

    • patioweather on November 26, 2019

      Everyone loved it. Breadcrumbs didn't add much so I would leave them out in the future.

    • pastaplease on November 15, 2022

      Love this salad, travels well which is a big plus during the holidays when you are bringing dishes here and there. I subbed toasted pine nuts for the bread crumbs to accommodate the no-gluten types and it turned out so well that I continued to do that even when gluten wasn't an issue for anyone.

    • djnielsen64 on February 07, 2024

      Loved this. Simple and easy to put together to go with a meal. I made the bread crumbs a few days ahead, from a sourdough boule.

  • Kale sauce with pappardelle

    • westminstr on April 30, 2018

      I thought this dish was fine, but nothing special. I found it lacking in a bit of oomph (would have preferred it w raw olive and garlic, I think) and couldn't get the proper texture in my FP. O liked it though. In addition the sauce made way more than you need for 1/2 pound pasta. It drives me crazy that the quantities of everything in this book are always off!

    • TrishaCP on June 08, 2020

      We did enjoy this, but I would use raw garlic next time too.

    • nicolepellegrini on June 22, 2021

      Made with mezze rigatoni. Fairly good, but not a "wow" dish for me. I can understand why many suggest adding raw garlic near the end but I can't because my stomach can't take it. Adding lemon juice and zest did help brighten it up.

    • Astrid5555 on March 17, 2019

      I wanted to see whether my boys’ newfound appreciation for cavolo nero extended beyond crispy kale chips, and lo and behold, my 13-year old really liked this pasta. Younger son tried it and went for pasta with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano instead. Nevertheless, the rest of the family found it delicious, so this is a make again pasta dish for us!

    • hirsheys on June 10, 2018

      This was fine, though not spectacular. It needed some sharpness - maybe lemon zest? I think raw garlic would have been better, too. Maybe acid?

    • ksg518 on June 29, 2020

      I thought this was very good. Following other's suggestions, I just used raw garlic and added a bit of lemon juice at the end. Zest would work too. Also agree with others that it makes more sauce than you would use for half a pound of pasta - perhaps three quarters of a pound would be better. Next time I'll add cherry tomatoes to the final dish.

    • justfoxie on February 10, 2021

      The ingredients list on EYB is not complete and in my version of the book it says you can use it with any pasta (which we have!). A very flexible recipe that can be adapted any which way. We typically use white wine instead of the cooking water when blending the sauce.

    • Lepa on March 11, 2018

      This doesn't look like much on paper but it is shockingly delicious. We had a Six Seasons dinner party this evening and made six dishes from the book. This might have been everybody's favorite. Even the kids liked it (after they got over the green, sludgy appearance!) This was very easy to make and it feels like a forever recipe for me. I should note that we had it with rigatoni, not pappardelle.

    • ResourcefulKitchen on February 02, 2019

      I love love love this recipe! The first time I made it, I accidentally seasoned it with lemon juice (served it alongside chicken piccata). Now I always add lemon juice during the sauce-blending step. This brings the brightness that some say is missing as written. I also double the pasta and add more pasta water if needed.

    • patioweather on March 04, 2022

      I made a different, more traditional pesto sauce the same day that I made this. This recipe was so much simpler and just as great.

    • purrviciouz on October 02, 2019

      I love this and made a double batch then froze half. I thought the sauce amount for a single recipe was appropriate for 1/2 lb of pasta or about 4 servings. I will try adding lemon zest and juice when I reheat my leftovers.

    • mooo42 on February 26, 2021

      Make this at home for the kids and call it monster pasta. Add raw garlic, lemon juice and toasted walnuts/pine nuts for some crunch. It's a super easy weeknight meal.

    • excurvatus on August 16, 2019

      I'm not sold on this - yet! So many people rave about this recipe I'm prepared to try it more. I think you REALLY need to blend the heck out of the kale, and my larger Vitamix container is currently missing, so I had to do it in batches. It was totally fine, but I think with the right tools, could be as great as others find it to be.

    • jhallen on April 19, 2021

      This was very tasty and definitely a good way to use up a surplus of kale. Would be great for St. Patrick's Day because it definitely is super-green. Really good, easy dinner. I didn't have a problem with the sauce to pasta proportion unlike some other reviewers - was perfect for me.

    • allisonsemele on March 02, 2021

      Very fast and easy, and a good way to use up kale in danger of becoming sad. It's on the somewhat quiet and savory side as written. My husband liked it better than I did, but I will definitely try it again. I added some raw garlic after tasting it and overdid it a bit. Served with leftover walnuts, and the addition of nuts was great.

    • allisonsemele on August 31, 2022

      Made again with the additions of lemon zest, an anchovy filet, and a handful of almonds. Served with a salmon fillet that I wound up flaking into the pasta. The combination of the kale sauce with lemon + salmon was excellent.

    • Babycarrot on July 31, 2023

      Added an anchovy to the oil and garlic. Didn’t use pappardelle as I used what I had on hand. Added some lemon juice upon serving. Will add some red pepper flakes to the leftovers. Good way to use up lots of kale from the garden

  • Comforting cabbage, onion, and farro soup

    • westminstr on January 02, 2019

      I made this with turkey stock from thanksgiving and wished that I didn't! I found the turkey flavor off-putting. otherwise I liked the soup, but I probably wouldn't make it again, because I also don't love the way that the farro continually soaks up all the soup liquid.

    • TrishaCP on November 20, 2019

      Wow, this is the best cabbage soup that I have ever made. So flavorful, even before the toppings. Will definitely repeat this one.

    • southerncooker on March 21, 2018

      On this cold spring night that feels more like winter I made the Comforting Cabbage, Onion, and Farro Soup from Six Seasons. Hubby and I both loved it. He kept saying he liked it while eating and he's very picky. I used Savoy cabbage, thyme, white wine vinegar, and beef broth. We ate ours with cornbread. Mine got a little browned during the steaming process, but it didn't seem to affect the taste.

    • Rinshin on November 30, 2019

      Because of limited ingredients and simple cooking method, this soup is either excellent or mediocre based on broth used and how cabbage cooking was followed per instructions. I used turkey broth from brined and seasoned Diestel Fra’ Mani turkey carcass. It made incredible tasting stock without even adding aromatics. The cooked cabbage had a little similarity to mild but fresh tasting kraut from vinegar and lemon juice - a little like borscht without the beets. Best to cook cabbage shreds full 30 min being careful not to brown to bring out the sweetness for best results per recipe before adding the stock. Also simmered the soup with cover on for 1 - 1/2 hr undisturbed, basically hands off. Added twice the amount of lemon juice and some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Instead of only 4 C broth, used at least 6 C. Used both fresh thyme and rosemary from our garden. We loved this unusual use of cabbage in this soup. Photo added.

    • joeljkp on March 27, 2023

      Like others, I made this recipe to use up some cabbage in the fridge. We found it as advertised - warm, comforting, inviting. I made it vegetarian and using Cook's Illustrated's frozen vegetable stock, which was good, but I do imagine a good rich beef broth would make it more substantial. This is the second recipe from this book that's thrown me with the instruction to steam the vegetables without added liquid - here it was too hot and everything ended up well browned, even though I threw in a splash in of water to help. I guess it's just really key to watch the temp and stir often to keep the browning to a minimum. Worth making again with a closer eye on this, and maybe swapping in thyme for the rosemary.

    • cadfael on July 08, 2020

      This soup is a favourite. More Iike a thick stew. The broth is foundational so it should be best quality. Important to follow instructions. Technique and quality ingredients are essential to outcome when dealing with only a few ingredients. Have made many times.

    • meginyeg on November 08, 2022

      We loved this. Very simple but delicious. We will definitely be making it again.

    • puddlemere on January 21, 2019

      Pretty good. I'm not sure I would go out of my way to make it again, but it would be a good way to use up some cabbage if I have some in the fridge.

    • clcorbi on January 23, 2019

      I was shocked at how delicious this was! I didn't add any extra meat, although I think the sausage suggestion sounds excellent and I'll try it at some point. I did use a really nice homemade chicken stock, and this is a great soup for nice stock to shine through. The vinegar/lemon juice really make all the lovely flavors pop. I'd make this again for sure, and only wish I'd doubled it.

    • khopkins1012 on January 03, 2019

      I used McFadden's recipe as inspiration and built off it. First, I added 1 lb. of smoked pork sausage cut into a dice and sauteed before the onions. Second, I couldn't find farro in my local grocery store so I used quick-cook barley instead. The results were delicious and I trust that without the pork sausage it would still be worth making. In addition, I used green cabbage, chicken stock, thyme (no rosemary), and white wine vinegar.

    • pattyatbryce on November 03, 2023

      Simple, cozy meal to eat with freshly baked bread.

    • patioweather on February 26, 2019

      This was the first time I've ever seen a recipe call for the cabbage core. I always assumed there was a reason most recipes have you throw it away, but apparently not. I never had a bite of this soup and thought, "this must be a piece of the core." It perfectly matched the rest of the cabbage. I'm ashamed of all the cabbage I must have wasted over my life, and so thankful for this recipe.

    • Lsblackburn1 on November 23, 2018

      Super cozy delicious soup. I added extra lemon juice rather than throw it away and it was very good with it. Also had some extra taleggio cheese lying around so put that into my bowl. Less healthy, but very tasty!

    • Totallywired on January 14, 2019

      Comforting and hearty, strong cabbage flavour. Use a rich broth and heavy on the cheese. The sausage suggestion makes sense.

    • Lucylew on November 22, 2019

      After reading many positive reviews I was super excited to try this recipe. Unfortunately I am going to be the lone voice of dissent - I didn't care for it. Perhaps it was because I used Trader Joe's chicken stock instead of a good, strong homemade stock. I definitely did not appreciate the rosemary in this recipe even though it is an herb I love. Thyme would have been the better option. I've made many recipes from this book and they have all been stellar - except for this one miss.

  • Squash ribbons with tomatoes, peanuts, basil, mint, and spicy fish-sauce sauce

    • mirage on December 09, 2023

      Used a spiralizer for the zucchini

    • nicolepellegrini on September 10, 2020

      I seem to be the one outlier here who didn't particularly care for this. Maybe because I'm not a huge (raw) cherry tomato fan; maybe it was just too fish sauce-forward for me. Either way I don't see making it again.

    • bernalgirl on October 04, 2021

      An outstanding recipe, somewhat reminiscent of — and surely inspired by — Thai green papaya salad. The salting step and dressing completely neutralize the metallic flavor I generally dislike in raw and lightly cooked zucchini

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      The flavors in this salad were excellent and the texture of the squash was lovely. I'm not crazy about zucchini and this treatment was more tasty than others I have tried. The dish did get a bit soupy so I might try to drain the squash more next time after salting it.

    • lizbot2000 on July 17, 2017

      I thought this was fantastic. A really excellent summery dish and pretty easy to make. We fried up some tofu until it was super crispy and tossed it in with everything else, which turned out really well.

    • bwhip on July 18, 2017

      I really enjoyed this. Thought it was just a perfect dish for a summer evening, with a really interesting mix of unique flavors. My wife found it too salty, but I thought it was great! The only change I made was using toasted pine nuts instead of peanuts.

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 13, 2019

      Excellent! Perfect side dish for satay and jasmine rice. I did my zucchini in thin round slices and this was Perfect!

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Dreamy summer salad.

    • Lucylew on December 01, 2019

      This salad is positively dreamy. I could eat it all summer long.

  • Roasted string beans and scallions with pine nut vinaigrette

    • vickster on March 10, 2020

      This dish is wonderful! The Pine Nut Vinaigrette is exceptional, with the slight touch of fish sauce. I definitely will repeat this one.

    • SheilaS on July 25, 2018

      This is a very flavorful side dish that can easily be the star of the plate. I used a mix of green beans and yellow wax beans. Along with the scallions, they get tossed with olive oil, S&P and roasted until softened with a bit of char here and there. They're tossed with a little red wine vinegar and allowed to cool down before being mixed with the pine nut vinaigrette, mint, basil and pine nuts. I thought the portion size was on the large side (1.5 lbs beans+ 3 bunches scallions/4 servings) and I did use less scallions but everything was gobbled up and I look forward to making this again.

    • nicolepellegrini on June 27, 2020

      15 minutes would have been enough roasting time for my delicate beans and scallions - I left them in for 20 minutes and they were a bit too charred, in my opinion. Just a note for next time for myself as I do find roasting to be my favorite way to make string beans and the dressing/combination with fresh herbs here was really addictive and tasty.

    • mamacrumbcake on September 11, 2019

      This is an addictively delicious vegetable dish. I was not expecting the scallions to be so yummy; they really contribute a lot to this recipe. Also love the pine nut vinaigrette (the vinaigrettes in this book are a revelation). I must add that even without the vinaigrette and extra herbs, the roasted string beans with scallions, salt, pepper, and olive oil is very delicious and simple enough to make on weeknights.

    • Lepa on March 08, 2018

      I was skeptical that the green beans I had would become tender enough when roasted. They mostly did but I am guessing this would be better with very tender beans. Mine were cooked but had some unpleasant tough bits. Similarly, the scallions were chewy and difficult to eat. The pine nut vinaigrette was delicious and the flavor of the salad once mixed together was delicious.

    • foodgloriousfood on April 01, 2022

      I agree with the other reviewers that this pine nut vinaigrette is amazing. I didnt enjoy the roasted beans with it honestly. I think I would prefer lightly steaming them so they were still crisp. The softeness of the roasted beans with the richness of the dressing wasnt ideal in my opinion. But that vinaigrette!!!

    • pomegranate on September 16, 2022

      I pan fried the green beans on medium high until a little chard but still somewhat crispy. Added spinach to make a salad. Dressing is delicious. Have made this dish several times and love it.

  • Roasted beets, avocado, and sunflower seeds

    • Foodo on July 27, 2017

      Delicious! I broke the beets into three parts bulb, stem, leaves. I sliced the bulb and grilled in a foil pack with onions and garlic, and did the same with the stems in a separate pack. When they were finished I mixed them in with the leaves - wilted them perfectly. I also added cooked farro to the salad to make it a little more substantial.

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      This is an interesting cross between a warm side dish and a salad. The beet greens get sautéed in olive oil, then marinated with vinegar along with the warm beets. I added a sprinkle of feta because I thought it needed a little something and didn't want to turn the avocado to mush by mixing too much more.

    • nicolepellegrini on August 21, 2020

      I thought this was interesting, but not sure I would repeat it. I only used one avocado instead of two to lighten it up, and since I didn't have beet greens I used a bunch of swiss chard. I think a little cheese like one commenter here suggested would have made it better, and I think I'd prefer pistachio nuts to the sunflower seeds. I might play around with this idea some more, but as written I found it just okay.

    • jenmacgregor18 on January 24, 2023

      I really like this one. I took it to work and ate it cold. I loved the textures. I was worried it would lean a bit too close to pickled beets, but it was well-balanced. I cut back a tad on the parsley for my preference. I added the beet stems with the beet greens. And I tried it without and with the pickled peppers. I like it both ways, but if without, I'd add a bit more vinegar.

    • clkandel on June 05, 2020

      Great side dish. Just a personal preference - I'd use a lot less parsley.

    • VineTomato on June 29, 2017

      Super healthy but still felt a bit hungry afterwards - the recipe serves 4 but was just the two of us for dinner. You really need to love a beet for this salad to be worthwhile. I'm normally not a fan of vinegar but it worked well here and was very enjoyable. I didn't have beet tops so did a light saute of pea shoots. Loved the sunflower seeds.

    • saarwouters on July 20, 2018

      Loved it and served it as dinner with the tomato/melon/burrata salad from the same book, and some bread. I did find the amount of scallions a bit much to my taste, so I used a bit less. Leftovers were lovely the next day for lunch.

    • et12 on July 02, 2023

      Some really good flavour and texture combinations here. I didn’t cut up the stems if the leaves enough so they were a bit chewy, but that’s my fault. Overall, a nicely balanced salad.

  • Cold brine zucchini and summer squashes

    • SheilaS on July 27, 2018

      These might be my favorite of the Six Seasons pickles. Love them on sandwiches!

    • MollyB on August 02, 2018

      These are great! I only made one jar to see if I liked it, but I will definitely be making more. The garlic and chiles contribute a nice but not too aggressive flavor.

    • nicolepellegrini on July 24, 2021

      Really yummy - great thing to make it you have lots of zucchini to use up. I've put them on salads and sandwiches, or else just sat with the jar to snack on.

  • Making scallions mild and crisp

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Soaking thinly sliced scallions in ice water to crisp them up is a great tip. I soak red onions in ice water to make them more mild in salads but never thought to do it with scallions.

    • metacritic on August 09, 2022

      This is s a great technique. And even after the initial shock of ice water abates, the scallions seem to keep their crispness.

  • Basic vegetable pickle brine

    • SheilaS on July 27, 2018

      The notes describe great pickles as low acid with a touch of sweetness that will allow you to taste the vegetable, not just the brine. I like to up the acid a little with equal parts rice vinegar and white wine vinegar and reduced the sugar a little (from 5T to 3T) and find they are still sweet and mild but just a bit more tangy

  • Cold brine cherries

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Plan on leaving cherries in the brine at least 3 days. They were the star of the Sugar Snap Pea salad on p 119

  • Pecan dough

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      I've made both pecan and walnut versions of this recipe. It's very rich and nutty not a light, flaky pastry. I reduce the amount of sugar to 1 or 2 Tablespoons.

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      I made three batches of this dough for my frozen pantry. One of the pecan, two of the walnut. I used one of the walnut for a test batch of the crostata recipe. The walnut dough, when accompanying a savory dish is too sweet. Modify in the future to use less sugar. Otherwise, the dough is amazing. Perfect texture and my test crostata came out exactly like the one in the book. I would caution to roll your dough out to a thin curst or the crust overpowers the filling.

    • Astrid5555 on November 15, 2020

      Did not have any success with this dough, maybe due to substituting almonds for pecans. Very crumbly, will not repeat.

    • sosayi on November 27, 2018

      I've also made both versions of the crust (pecan and walnut) for both sweet and savory applications. I also cut down the sugar when pairing with savory (1- 2 T), but go full bore for a sweet dish. Due to the high nut content, GF flour subs in great for all-purpose. Can be used to fill a 9" pie plate or an 11" tart pan with no problem. A great recipe!

  • Pancetta vinaigrette

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      I made this to use in the Butter Lettuce with Potatoes & Eggs p 102 and the Roasted Brussels Sprouts p 289. Both were delicious and this would be delicious on most roasted vegetables.

    • nicolepellegrini on September 13, 2020

      I made this for the roasted brussels sprouts recipe in this book, then had some leftover so I used it on a simple green salad last night. Really excellent for salads--though I'm tempted to add a touch of mustard next time.

  • Pine nut vinaigrette

    • SheilaS on July 25, 2018

      This is an excellent, flavorful sauce that can be used almost as a dip for vegetables or thinned down as needed with lemon juice or broth. The only recipe in the book that specifically calls for this sauce is the Roasted Strong Beans and Scallions with Pine Nut Vinaigrette p 205 but it would be delicious on many vegetables.

  • Green herb mayonnaise

    • SheilaS on August 25, 2018

      I made this to go with the crispy fried mushrooms and it was an excellent accompaniment. I added a good bit of extra lemon juice to balance the richness. Seems sort of odd to add egg yolk and olive oil to purchased mayo but it certainly takes away any anxiety about having it emulsify properly - it's foolproof this way!

  • Tonnato

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      This is a very quick and easy version of tonnato. I prefer taking the time to make a different version that includes shallots, anchovies and capers for more flavor.

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 22, 2022

      This is good. I skipped the food processor and just mixed it in a bowl and added a bit more mayo.

    • saarwouters on July 22, 2018

      Loved it. Very easy to make, and indeed delicious with everything. I did add some ground black pepper.

  • Double-mushroom butter

    • SheilaS on December 01, 2019

      This is one umami bomb of a compound butter! I didn't have wild mushrooms so I added a handful of dried porcini to the broth. So flavorful. I followed the suggestion to scramble eggs in it and they were divine. It also transforms simple toasted baguette slices into mushroom crostini.

  • Pickled vegetable butter

    • SheilaS on July 27, 2018

      This is a very pretty compound butter but perhaps not the most intensely flavored. I used pickled zucchini, spring onions, green string beans, radishes, carrots, manzano chiles, yellow wax beans, all from Six Seasons p 58 & 59.

    • clcorbi on August 25, 2017

      Great concept. I made this butter with homemade pickled beets to serve with the corn fritters from this book. I think the beets were a little too sweet to work well with the butter; next time I'd try this with pickled ramps, I think.

  • Whipped ricotta

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Reading "whipped," I expected something airy, light and fluffy. This is instead, somewhat heavy and very rich with a hint of olive oil flavor. I was initially disappointed, but I've grown to love using it in this book. It turns into a silky and luxurious sauce in the Rigatoni with Broccoli & Sausage p 179 and is perfect when spread on grilled bread in the Raw Corn with Walnuts, Mint & Chiles crostini variation p 222, the Tomato-Rubbed Grilled Bread with Tomato Salad p 263, the Wilted Kale on Cheese Toast p 311 and the Agrodolce Ramps on Grilled Bread p 106. I make this with homemade ricotta and add plenty of black pepper.

    • TrishaCP on May 20, 2020

      Crazy good ingredient. I used it with the book’s ramp toast, but I’m sure I can find many other applications.

    • nicolepellegrini on February 06, 2021

      Crazy good and addictive. I could sit and eat a bowl of this by itself!

    • FJT on August 08, 2019

      Loved it! Very good with chargrilled veggies.

    • sberes on September 19, 2018

      This was excellent! Used for p179 broccoli and sausage. Find more uses ? What about a base for tzakiki sauce ?

    • anya_sf on August 30, 2018

      Not much work, but creamier and more flavorful that plain ricotta. It was delicious on the spaghetti with cherry tomatoes - made the sauce super creamy.

  • Alla diavola butter

    • SheilaS on June 24, 2018

      This is a delicious compound butter. It's absolutely delicious spread on toasted bread and if you add a sprinkle of grated cheese and a quick run under the broiler, you have some super special toasts to serve with soup or salads. The Alla Diavola Butter is called for in these recipes: Pan roasted new potatoes p 164 Grilled Corn with Alla Diavola Butter and Pecorino p 229 Corn fritters with pickled chiles p 232 Half-Steamed Turnips with Alla Diavola Butter p 370.

    • okcook on November 05, 2019

      I will second SheilaS's comment. It seems like the butter is going to be smoking hot but it's not...a good level of heat.

    • jenmacgregor18 on August 17, 2021

      This is excellent. Because we don't like a lot of smoke flavor, I cut smoked paprika to 1/2 tsp and used 1/2 tsp regular paprika. I am glad I did. It wasn't overwhelming. I also used Korean chile pepper and pickled jalapenos, as that is what I had on hand. I agree that this is a manageable heat. And I like the bit of vinegar from the pickled peppers & tabasco too. I used it first on broiled trout. I can see this would be great on steak, corn...all sorts of applications.

    • Ishie1013 on July 02, 2023

      Really nice flavor. I used Valentino rather than Tabasco since it’s what I had. I grilled a skirt steak and melted this over the top after flipping the steak and it was incredible. A gorgeous smoky flavor from the paprika with a hint of heat. I can see myself smearing this on everything.

  • Cacio e pepe butter

    • SheilaS on February 18, 2018

      This Cacio e pepe butter is called for in the recipe for Pasta Alla Gricia with Sugar Snap Peas on p 123

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      This butter tastes like my childhood! It reminds me very much of our trip to Italy when Claire would only eat pasta ninete ninete. This will always be a staple in my freezer from this point forward for quick weeknight meals.

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      I love it but it’s a little too peppery for my kids.

    • saarwouters on January 21, 2019

      This butter is incredibly simple to make and absolutely delicious! My Italian sister-in-law loved it too.

    • clcorbi on June 14, 2018

      Very, very delicious. This butter has the perfect amount of pepper. Will repeat.

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      Delicious even with pepper reduced for toddler tastebuds.

    • sosayi on June 06, 2019

      Echoing all the positive feedback on this recipe. I debated making a full recipe (since I only needed 6 T for the Pasta Alla Gricia in the book), but am SO glad that I made it all and now have leftovers squirreled away in my freezer.

    • spatterson88 on May 29, 2021

      I will probably put the pepper through a mortar and pestle next time. The whole peppercorns are a bit much for me. Otherwise, it’s very good!

  • Fava and pistachio pesto on pasta

    • SheilaS on April 27, 2018

      The combination of blanched and cooked garlic plus the sweet, nutty favas and pistachios give this pesto a rich, mellow flavor that's quite different from the bracing sharpness I expect from traditional basil pesto. This is excellent as is and would be delicious with some shrimp or seared scallops on top. The recipe has you blanch the basil and half the garlic. The other 2 cloves of garlic are gently cooked in olive oil with red chile flakes and are never called for again in the recipe. I just threw it in at the end. Peeling fresh fava beans is a pain but this dish is worth the effort.

    • mcvl on April 18, 2022

      I like this a lot, but basil, mint, and parsley all three is overkill; use only one at a time (I'd choose mint).

    • hashi on July 03, 2018

      So delicious. The pesto is creamy, nutty, earthy, and full of flavorful. I threw it on some whole wheat penne - it stood up really well. Totally worth the fava shelling effort.

    • Lsblackburn1 on June 22, 2018

      So I thought I’d just whip up a quick pesto, go out for happy hour and come back and toss it with some pasta. A closer reading of the recipe told me that wasn’t gonna happen. More work but very tasty.

  • Fava beans, cilantro, new potatoes and baked eggs

    • SheilaS on April 30, 2018

      This was good and a very different way to use fresh fava beans compared to the other recipes in the book. For my taste, a full tablespoon of smoked paprika is a bit heavy handed for 4 servings. My diced tomatoes had very little extra juice so I needed to add some water to make it more of a sauce.

  • Smashed fava beans, pecorino, and mint on toast

    • SheilaS on April 28, 2018

      I would usually make a fava bean crostini by tossing the same ingredients used in this recipe (except for the green garlic), and piling them on garlic-rubbed toasts and using shaved rather than grated Pecorino Romano. The smashed beans make for a more tidy eating experience. Delicious either way.

    • Totallywired on July 15, 2019

      Fava and pecorino are a popular pairing (search if you don’t believe me), and everything is good on crostini. Spin here is the rawness/sharpness of the green onion, the lift from the mint, and the transport provided by a fresh, fruity, rich olive oil. Divine.

  • Butter lettuce with new potatoes, eggs, and pancetta vinaigrette

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      I just love the contrast between the rich pancetta vinaigrette-dressed potatoes and the fresh butter lettuce. The parsley leaves add the perfect bit of bitter green flavor and the pickled onions p 59 bring both sweetness and a sharp acidity. Don't skip the onions. Excellent salad!

    • southerncooker on April 03, 2018

      Daughter and I enjoyed this one.

    • meggan on July 24, 2018

      Didn't use the pickled onions but will add next time. Also, had to use prosciutto instead of pancetta.

    • Rinshin on June 05, 2023

      Reminded me of salade Lyonnaise. I think using your fingers to break or pull the 6 min soft cooked eggs into salad instead of using a knife helps dressing to cling to all the ingredients and really liked the technique. Use of warm potatoes instead of cold was great too. No new potatoes so used very small fingerling potatoes which worked out well.

    • bwhip on June 10, 2017

      Excellent! Quite easy to put together. Pancetta vinaigrette? Sounded odd, but it was great. Great dish for spring. We'll make this again for sure.

    • sayeater on October 07, 2021

      Put together the pickled onions and boiled the eggs in AM before work, then made rest of salad in evening. No pancetta since I'm veg, but I stirred a spoon of olive tapenade into vinaigrette as a sort of substitute. Tasty hearty salad. Not knock your socks off, but would make again.

  • Charred scallion salsa verde

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      The scallions get charred all over by putting them into a hot, heavy skillet and then putting another pan on top to flatten them. I perhaps went a bit too far - my scallions were well and truly charred but plenty of lemon zest and juice and fresh parsley brighten it all up. The recipe instructs the the parsley stems be chopped finely, like chives, and they add a nice texture. I served this with eggs but it would be good over a nice piece of fish or even on sandwiches. I'll certainly make this again if I find myself with extra scallions on hand.

  • Onions three ways, with 'nduja on grilled bread

    • SheilaS on September 28, 2018

      I used roasted shallots and substituted blooming garlic chives for the garlic scapes suggested in the header notes. 'Nduja on grilled bread is pretty good all by itself. So are roasted onions on grilled bread. Together, they are very good, although I found the caramelized scallions and chives were a little awkward to eat - the longer pieces tend to pull off the toast and land on your chin when you take a bite. They look pretty, but I'd probably give all the onions a rough chop before piling them on the toast.

    • patioweather on April 20, 2021

      This was our first time having 'nduja and my partner loved it. In the future, I will substitute calabrian pepper paste to make it vegetarian. The long green bits could have been chopped to make it easier to eat, but even better I think would be replacing them with something crunchy, like pepitas.

  • Radishes with tonnato, sunflower seeds, and lemon

    • SheilaS on January 18, 2018

      I am not the biggest radish lover but I just happily lunched on a big ol' bowl of radishes in the form of this dish. I made a few minor modifications: subbed slivered almonds for the sunflower seeds and served it all on a bed of greens.

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 22, 2022

      This is remarkably good. I had a small portion to try, but it is satisfying enough to make a full lunch salad. I subbed parsley for mint, omitted sprouts, and added a bit of cayenne.

    • Lepa on November 22, 2017

      This was amazing. It wasn't quite as pretty as the picture once I mixed it all together but it was astonishingly good. Even my kids loved it. This was the first recipe I've tried in this book and now I can't wait to make more!

  • Roasted radishes with brown butter, chile, and honey

    • SheilaS on July 27, 2018

      The roasted radishes get started on the stovetop, then move to the oven and get finished back on the stove with a dab of butter and a splash of red wine vinegar and drizzle of honey. This gives them a lot more flavor than I got from the grilled radish salad that's also in this chapter

    • okcook on October 03, 2019

      Our guests really enjoyed these. I did add some one inch long cored pieces of parsnip. A good dish for a dinner party because one can finish it at the last minute.

    • Hansyhobs on May 24, 2023

      Easy recipe, I did everything on a baking tray in the oven as I didn't have access to my small cast iron. Was nice but nothing wow but that's more because I don't LOVE radishes.

    • danlaik on April 16, 2023

      My favorite way to prepare radishes. So good with toasted bread and soft, spreadable cheese. You could easily turn just that into a simple, rustic dinner with a glass of wine.

    • avogel on May 18, 2022

      I loved the flavor of the tangy vinegar balanced by sweet honey. I used the greens and I would cook them for less time than the recipe says next time.

  • Sugar snap peas with pickled cherries and peanuts

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      Another one of Joshua McFadden's combinations that I never would have come up with on my own but which combine to make an interesting salad. The pickled cherries are the star of the show, and the main source of tartness so it's good to have a piece in almost every bite. The recipe for the pickled cherries is on p 58. I gave them a week in brine before using them.

    • stockholm28 on July 04, 2020

      I also really liked the tartness of the pickled cherries and wished that my cherries were cut in half so that I could have more bites with cherries. It is an interesting combination of flavors. This would hold up well for a picnic. I subbed Virginia peanuts for Spanish peanuts.

  • Sugar snap pea and new potato salad with crumbled egg and sardines

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      Very delicious, lemony, pleasantly fishy dish along the lines of a Niçoise salad. The radishes weren't called for in the recipe but did appear in the photo in the book AND in my crisper drawer so I threw one in. My sardines were packed in olive oil so I used some of that. As is my custom, I used half the specified amount of salt and less olive oil. Since the recipe calls for soft boiled eggs, I didn't try to "crumble" them but used a knife. The portion as given in the recipe is generous for a first course but not quite enough for a main, at least for me.

    • Nancith on August 01, 2023

      We really liked this. No sardines bc I'm vegetarian. After reading the other reviews, I cut the potatoes in half after cooking & only let them cool slightly before dressing with olive oil and lemon so they would soak it up better (& they're cut in half in the recipe photo--maybe the directions aren't quite complete?). Only used about 1/4 cup olive oil thanks to other reviewers, and twice as many potatoes, just 1 lemon. My eggs were unintentionally not as soft-boiled as they should have been but worked fine. Very pleasing taste-hubby really like the juxtaposition of mint & red pepper flakes.

    • clcorbi on June 16, 2017

      Unfortunately, this was a fail for us. First and most problematic is the amount of olive oil added to this salad--1/2c. We only used 1/4c and still found it to be too much. Between all of the lemon juice and the massive amount of olive oil, the salad is swimming in murky, sardine-colored dressing, which looks disturbingly unappetizing. I even weighed all the veggies to make sure I was using the correct amounts, so I don't think this was a case of user error. The author says in the headnote that the salad will absorb all the extra liquid, and that was not the case at all. I think slicing or crushing the new potatoes rather than leaving them whole would have helped with this, but he specifically instructs to leave them whole. Anyway, the other problem for me was the soft-boiled eggs. The photo shows chunks of firm egg yolks, which I would have preferred, because the liquid yolks made the dressing situation even worse and more gloppy. The flavor of this salad was decent, but never again.

    • Micu on May 01, 2018

      This is the first recipe I tried from this beautiful looking book. The picture in the book has sliced radishes in it - no such thing in the ingredients list. 250 g potatoes and an equal amount of sugar snaps for 4 people? 2 teaspoons of chili flakes on this amount of food? This doesn't seem right...

    • jdjd99 on May 14, 2020

      Only used 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and that was plenty. I thought it was really good. I’d add a bit more mint next time which was a nice counterpart to the fish.

    • mariarita on June 23, 2023

      I was a bit looser with with this recipe than some of the other commenters, and it was delicious. Yes, too much olive oil, not enough potatoes, and of course they need to be cut, but I loved the combination of peas, potatoes, lemon, sardines and mint.

    • Babycarrot on June 25, 2023

      Tasty. I didn’t have new potatoes in the house so subbed regular white potatoes. Used 1.5 instead of two lemons and I’m glad because this was very lemony. Will probably only used one lemon next time. I used Matiz sardines with lemon essence and while that went went well with the salad I think it may have pushed the lemon boundary even further. I increased the red pepper flakes. I also didn’t use olive oil and it was fine given the oily sardines. I will say that slicing the peas was very tedious. Overall this was really good and will make again with some adjustments.

  • Grilled artichokes with artichoke-Parmigiano dip

    • SheilaS on September 28, 2018

      Perhaps the artichokes I used were smaller than the recipe intended but my dip turned out to be mostly lemony crème fraîche, at least when compared with the photo in the book, even after I added a bunch of marinated artichokes to bulk it up. Still, it's a fresh and tasty dip. The grilled artichokes seemed like a lot of work. I'm glad I tried them but consistent with most recipes I've made that require prepping fresh artichokes, I won't bother to do it again.

    • bernalgirl on May 21, 2021

      This is a fantastic spring dish. I made it for a big family meal grilling fresh artichokes and using frozen artichokes for the dip, which allowed me to scale the recipe more easily. It tasted like a Tuscan picnic, will definitely make this again.

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      We made this but misread the recipe and failed to precook the artichokes before grilling them so they didn't turn out well. We made the dip with canned artichokes and it was excellent slathered on grilled bread.

    • jdjd99 on April 29, 2020

      The dip is delicious. I could have eaten the whole bowl with a spoon. My artichokes must have been larger the ones SheilaS had, because ours turned out quite chunky. It is a lot of work, however. I would maybe make this again for a small dinner party.

    • fbcd on May 27, 2022

      I loved the dip. For the rest, I find artichokes are just to much work to prepare, and not worth the effort. In future, I'll just make the dip using frozen artichoke hearts, and perhaps substitute yoghurt for half of the crème fraiche.

  • English pea toast

    • SheilaS on April 26, 2018

      This is quite nice, I'd say more than the sum of its parts, especially with fresh, sweet spring peas. Though it's not finger food, unless you want to chase down a bunch of peas rolling around on your floor. I added a soft-boiled egg on top to turn it into a breakfast or brunch entree.

    • clkandel on July 08, 2020

      Delicious! I blanched the just picked peas for 1 minute and used Boursin cheese on the toast.

  • English pea and pickled carrot salsa verde

    • SheilaS on April 26, 2018

      This is a great variation on the standard peas & carrots vegetable side dish. The recipe notes suggest trying other pickled vegetables "the more the merrier" so I added some sliced peperoncini and felt they provided a needed punch to the dish.

    • Jardimc on June 21, 2022

      Absolutely delightful and fresh! Spring in a mouthful! I used pickled Bordeaux radishes I made earlier, as that is what I had on hand and they were delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

  • English peas with prosciutto and new potatoes

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      This was delicious with some soft boiled eggs!

    • southerncooker on May 04, 2018

      I used frozen peas and it was delicious. I bet it'd be even better with fresh peas.

    • e_ballad on November 15, 2017

      A very simple dish, the saltiness of the prosciutto was fantastic against the sweetness of the peas. Devoured by the kiddo.

    • patioweather on June 01, 2021

      Made with basil and frozen peas.

    • purrviciouz on March 28, 2018

      I made this as a main and added a hard boiled egg. I'd poach or fry the egg next time. Would be a great side or party dish or as suggested, a hash. I loved the brightness of the mint. Subbed pancetta for the prosciutto.

    • Lsblackburn1 on July 01, 2018

      I made the pasta version for a fresh and yummy dinner. Don’t skimp on the mint; that’s what elevates this and makes it unique.

  • English peas with prosciutto and new potato hash

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      On my first attempt, I found it difficult to mash the potatoes and peas in the pan sufficiently to get a hash that would hold together well enough to turn several times as described in the recipe but the crispy bits were absolutely delicious!

  • Couscous with English peas, apricots, and lamb meatballs

    • SheilaS on April 26, 2018

      This is excellent and unlike many of the recipes in the book, the three components (couscous, meatballs and yogurt sauce) make a full meal. With all the mint & scallions, the yogurt sauce isn't really drizzle-able like the recipe says but it is delicious and I would make extra next time.

    • Rachaelsb on April 16, 2023

      Phenomenal!! So delicious. Definitely labor intensive but such vibrant flavoring.

    • bwhip on April 06, 2018

      Delightful! We really enjoyed this dish. A little bit of work to put together, but I split it over two nights as the recipe suggested one could do. Lovely mix of flavors and textures. We'll definitely make this one again.

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Couscous is stellar. Meatballs are decent but you could use any old meatball here and do just fine. Pork sub for lamb fine too. Good yogurt sauce.

    • RThoma on February 05, 2023

      This was outstanding. I used pearl couscous and substituted pistachios for almonds, but otherwise followed the recipe closely and it turned out great.

  • Pasta alla Gricia with slivered sugar snap peas

    • SheilaS on February 23, 2018

      I love this pasta - it's almost equal parts pasta & vegetables. It uses the Cacio e Pepe Butter on p 34. Once that is made, this pasta comes together very quickly. Edited to add that I've made this with asparagus, slicing thinly on a diagonal as for the sugar snaps, and it was delicious.

    • twoyolks on April 07, 2020

      I'm not sure what happened but mine was extremely peppery. Almost inedibly so.

    • Zosia on January 01, 2020

      My husband and I enjoyed this. I don't care for butter so I replaced it with a little olive oil and some pasta cooking water to make a paste with the cheeses and pepper. It coated the pasta nicely and the dish was delicious.

    • clcorbi on June 14, 2018

      Made this as written with sugar snap peas, and we really did not like it. I agree that it would be delicious with a vegetable like asparagus--the flavor was very good--but we didn't like the snappy texture of so many peas against the pasta. It felt like too many vegetables compared to the amount of pasta. With some adjustments, I might repeat this, though. The cacio e pepe butter is to die for.

    • Frenchfoodie on July 18, 2018

      Made with sugar snap peas and I loved it, even with a reduction of 1/3 pepper in the butter to allow for toddler tastebuds.

    • sosayi on June 06, 2019

      Absolutely delicious. We enjoyed the ratio of veg to pasta, but I have to admit that we did sub WW rotini for the spaghetti. Perhaps the shape difference helped? With extra of the cacio e pepe butter in the freezer, I'll be making this again soon (and easily).

  • Beet slaw with pistachios and raisins

    • SheilaS on February 23, 2018

      One of my favorite recipes from this book. Since the beets are served raw, it would be best to avoid large, older beets and save this for the young, springtime beets.

    • nicolepellegrini on May 29, 2021

      Delicious! I've been waiting to try this since I could get tender Spring beets. It wasn't as pretty as it could be since I couldn't get mixed color beets but the mint, pistachios and raisins all worked together well. Just watch the spiciness of how much pepper you use.

    • dinnermints on May 09, 2022

      Just excellent. I made a double recipe and so julienned a good amount of beets - great texture, but would try grating next time to save time. A single recipe probably just uses 1/2 recipe of the pistachio butter, if that. Also…I totally forgot the olive oil. According to the recipe, I should have added 1/2 cup, and that would have been way too much oil. I might’ve added 2T, but since nobody missed it (the pistachio butter is rich), one might’ve been fine too! Rave reviews, definite repeat I brought it to a dinner party, and the host later texted me that she’d just finished the leftovers and was very bummed it was gone.

    • Lepa on February 25, 2018

      Wow, this salad is brilliant. My family, which is full of beet skeptics, wolfed this down and kept talking about how good it was with each bite. My eight year old wrote a note in the book reminding me to make it again because he loved it so. This is the first time he has eaten beets willingly. Drop everything and make this salad. It really is that good!

    • Lsblackburn1 on June 02, 2019

      This has all the tastes - sweet, acid, nutty, spicy... very nice! I grated my beets, so the appearance wasn’t as nice, but still happy with the outcome.

    • Bloomie on June 28, 2021

      I also found this quite good! Used yellow, chiogga and red beets. The salad is beautiful and delicious with fresh mint and parsley from my garden. This recipe is a keeper. the pistachio butter is easy to make. Love it!

    • kaityblueeyes on June 22, 2022

      This was a win! Really delicious and fresh. Quite a nice appetizer or snack following dinner. Will make again!

  • Lamb ragu with carrots and green garlic

    • SheilaS on April 30, 2018

      Lots of flavor for a quick and easy dish. I used half the amount of lamb (1 lb ground lamb for 4 servings instead of 2 lbs as written) but kept all the other ingredient amounts as in the recipe and was happy with those proportions. I also added 2 T of sun-dried tomato purée before adding the liquid and starting the simmer. I don't usually put pasta and salad on the same plate but I served this with the Celery Puntarelle-Style on p 146 in this book and was happy to have something fresh, crisp and green on the plate.

    • MmeFleiss on October 22, 2017

      Delicious. He states in the headnotes that the green garlic can be substituted with a lot less regular garlic. I halved the sauce and doubled the amount of pasta to serve four people.

    • clcorbi on June 19, 2017

      Very nice. As soon as I saw garlic scapes at my farmer's market I knew I needed to give this a try. The recipe as written is a bit too salty--I decreased the total amount of salt by .5t and it was still bordering on too much once all the cheese was added. Next time I'd decrease by 1t and add salt back as needed at the end. I also think this sauce could benefit from a dollop of tomato paste simmered in at the beginning, with the veggies. It seemed like it was wanting some extra savory flavor. I simmered for a bit over 45min and added beef stock as needed when the sauce got too dry. The result is super delicious and rich from the pat of butter and grated cheese added at the end. One thing to point out--the recipe only calls for 1/2lb of pasta, which is way too little! We have enough sauce for at least 1 1/2lb. Not complaining, since it's delicious and will freeze well, but just a note that you will get a ton of sauce (which makes sense with the amount of lamb and veggies involved).

    • celesteprevost on February 20, 2021

      If your carrots come with their tops, they are a great add in alongside the herbs at the end.

    • dantullis on February 12, 2019

      Honestly, I really didn't like this dish - so much so that I was afraid to try anything else from the book for months (I'm glad I finally did because there are some real winners). As others have said, it is a lot of meat, and it is a very rich dish - greasy and salty. Just not my cup of tea.

    • patioweather on December 13, 2020

      Made with Impossible. Based on the suggestions here, I doubled the pasta. I had actual green garlic so I used that. It was amazing and extremely simple.

    • purrviciouz on December 27, 2018

      I've made this twice; the first time I halved the meat but kept everything else the same and the second time I doubled everything else and kept the meat the same. It just feels like a ton of meat to me. I used half ground lamb and half ground pork both times and thought it was great. This is a very rich dish! It's impressive, attractive, and delicious! We get six servings of sauce and as clcorbi mentioned, the pasta amount called for is way too little.

    • Nlynn on October 28, 2020

      A tasty staple that is fast and easy to make. As a shortcut, I put the carrots and garlic in a food processor. Note, this is pretty rich with the lamb and the cheese but very tasty. I always serve with penne.

    • jhallen on April 23, 2021

      Made exactly as written except substituted a mixture of beef, pork, and turkey for the lamb. Was perfect. Green garlic was great in it. I liked the meat to pasta ratio without adjustment.

    • allisonsemele on May 19, 2021

      Made around a 2/3 recipe, but added a bit of tomato paste in before adding the liquid. This produced ample sauce for 1/2lb of pasta. I used grocery store carrots and green garlic from my garden. This was very rich and tasty. The green garlic flavor is not pronounced.

  • Celery puntarelle-style

    • SheilaS on April 30, 2018

      Quick and delicious salad with flavors that remind me of a Caesar salad - anchovy, garlic, lemon, Parmesan, croutons - but with no egg and relatively little oil, it's fairly light. Lots of flavor and texture from the crisp celery and crunchy croutons. I served this along with the Lamb Ragu with Carrots and Green Garlic and it was a great pairing.

  • Fennel two ways with mussels and couscous

    • SheilaS on October 09, 2023

      Very nice. This recipe calls for Israeli couscous but I subbed in TJ's "Harvest Blend" of Israeli couscous, orzo, split baby garbanzos and red quinoa. I also subbed cured Spanish chorizo for the finocchiona, aka fennel salami, and vermouth for the white wine. Pretty much a one-pot meal, which is always a good thing. The orange zest and juice play nicely with both the fennel and the mussels.

    • metacritic on November 18, 2022

      Fantastic. Served as a starter, which felt just right. Some prep work but easy to pull together. Deep flavors and deeply satisfying.

    • SomervilleCook on June 16, 2021

      We absolutely loved this dish! It was so easy with such a big reward. We just used regular salami but next time I will try adding some crushed fennel seeds to still get the "two ways" of fennel in the dish.

  • Smashed new potatoes with lemon and lots of olive oil

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      I usually associate mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving and gravy but these smashed potatoes were a quick, light and delicious alternative.

    • nicolepellegrini on June 27, 2020

      These were fine, if you're looking for a lighter way to make mashed potatoes (ie, not loaded with butter, cream, etc.) But they're fairly dry on their own and not really something that jumped out at me that I'd make again.

    • bernalgirl on January 24, 2024

      I agree that this a fantastically easy and lighter option to mashed potatoes. New potatoes have the flavor and texture to hold up to this treatment. A nice weeknight side that doesn’t involve peeling or heating the oven.

    • Hannaha100 on July 20, 2019

      I loved these but sadly no-one else did.

    • Lepa on July 14, 2018

      These were pretty good made with dill but I don't think I love the lemon with the potatoes. I grew up eating parsley potatoes, which are similar but contain parsley and no lemon, and I think I like them better.

    • metacritic on July 20, 2022

      Dead easy and absolutely humming with flavor. New potatoes are likely essential to make this recipe work. Otherwise, the dish will be too starchy and heavy. Love, love, love these.

  • Sautéed turnips with prunes and radicchio

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      Nice flavor contrasts between the sweet, earthy turnips, sweet-tart prunes (they are marinated briefly in balsamic vinegar) and slightly bitter radicchio and turnip greens.

  • Baked cauliflower with salt cod, currants, and pine nuts

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      The recipe calls for a pound of salt cod and 3/4 lb of cauliflower, which he says is a small head of cauliflower. I followed that instruction but would have preferred more cauliflower, allowing the cod to be more of a seasoning but it was still very good and I'll make it again.

    • FJT on October 18, 2021

      Really liked this; it’s a very subtle dish for salt cod. I used more cauliflower than the recipe called for (thanks SheilaS!) and would do that again if I repeat the recipe. My husband wasn’t as keen on the dish, but he was sulking because I didn’t make brandade!

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      We had a Six Seasons- themed Mothers Day dinner with friends and this was the star of the party. Everybody loved it. Please note that it took thirty minutes (not twenty) for the cauliflower to cook in the oven.

  • Fried cauliflower with spicy fish-sauce sauce

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      The recipe calls for deep frying the cauliflower florets (not breaded or battered, just dropped into the oil) until they are dark brown. I don't usually deep fry things so I made a variation with roasted cauliflower instead.

  • Broccoli rabe, mozzarella, anchovy, and spicy tomato

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      Quick, easy lunch or supper, delicious with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine

    • VineTomato on May 13, 2018

      Very simple dish to made. It feels decadent enough for a weekend dinner but still light enough to be considered fairly healthy! I love it when a recipe teaches me something new and the recommendation to drain your slices of mozarella between kitchen towel with a pot on top worked brilliantly - this stops the cheese from becoming rubbery when baked. I will be using the technique from now on. I added a sliced red chilli and increased the red pepper flakes - it was delicious but still not spice for my palate at least. I’ve not seen brocolli rabe here in the UK so made it with tenderstem which worked well - I reduced the stove cooking time and the brocolli was still a bit crunchy which is the way I like it.

    • Lepa on February 24, 2018

      Only make this if you are a committed fan of broccoli rabe. This treatment does nothing to tame the bitter quality of the vegetable that I love- and it is glorious. I served it with a creamy lemon pasta so the kids would have something to eat and it was lovely with that but in an adult-centered meal I'd eat this with a large hunk of garlic bread and a glass of wine.

    • Lsblackburn1 on June 17, 2020

      While cooking this I started having doubts because it was so simple, but it turned out to be excellent. Served on toasted bread.

  • Roasted cauliflower, plums, sesame seeds, and yogurt

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      As a way to use up leftover roasted cauliflower, this salad is an inventive option. The toasted sesame seeds bring out similar nutty flavor notes in the roasted cauliflower and contrast nicely with the sweet-tart plums and slightly bitter parsley leaves. If I'd had some, I might have served this on a bed of romaine or the crispy lettuce for a little more textural contrast. That said, I adore roasted cauliflower and think it's best nibbled straight from the oven - golden and a little crisp on the outside, piping hot and tender inside. In my book, cooling it down and dousing it with lemon juice and yogurt does it no favors. Tossing lovely ripe plum pieces along with the above as I tasted and adjusted the seasonings made both of them look bruised and beaten and turned everything faintly pink.

    • patioweather on August 27, 2018

      Everyone enjoyed this and went back for seconds. It also looked great, maybe because I used sugar plums which didn't bleed their color. The nuttiness of the roasted cauliflower contrasted well with the sweetness of the fruit. The yogurt seems to serve to tone all of these really strong flavors down just a notch and make it more balanced.

  • Green bean, tuna, and mushroom "casserole"

    • SheilaS on August 25, 2018

      This calls for wild mushrooms, which don't happen in SoCal in the summer when green beans are in season so I added a handful of porcini mushrooms to the readily available creminis. I gave the porcinis a brief soak in a little of the boiling bean water and then added the soaking liquid back to the pan when I added the cream. I added extra lemon juice but might have preferred the added complexity of a bit of sherry or vermouth and will try that next time.

    • Rinshin on October 06, 2019

      Used mushroom varieties and canned tuna in water instead of in oil. Taste overall is surprisingly mild but liked this updated version of green beans in mushroom soup. Next time I'd like to top this with either fried shallots or onion pieces instead of bread crumbs and inclusion of sherry for some hint of sweetness. Photo added.

    • VineTomato on December 22, 2018

      This is absolutely, totally and utterly delicious. I could eat it every day. It doesn't feel like the healthiest dish around (with the oil and cream) but on the up side it has no carbs! I used tuna in brine and it worked just as well. I do the same for the other tuna melt recipe in this book. This time around we were lucky enough to have king oyster mushrooms in the house and they worked perfectly. Got to think about creating a healthier version of this for quick week night supper.

    • ksg518 on January 12, 2021

      Pretty good although I'm not sure it's worth the calories. It really a throwback to a cross between tuna noodle casserole and green bean casserole. I used mostly half and half instead of the cream and portabella mushrooms. Oddly the recipe calls for browning garlic cloves and then setting them aside but doesn't say when to add them back in.

    • Lepa on October 29, 2018

      I loved this dish. There are several components but it's not particularly complicated and the flavor and textures were lovely. I used a mixture of mushrooms: maitake, shiitake and baby bellas.

    • hashi on September 21, 2019

      This recipe is so delicious and savory, a real throwback to the flavor of my mom’s 1980s tuna noodle casserole...but with beans instead of noodles; a perfect comfort food. I used a mix of crimini and shiitake and will try it with “wilder” mushrooms next time. Oh yes, there will definitely be a next time and one after that.

    • patioweather on August 15, 2022

      Even though I didn't use great ingredients, everyone loved this. I used half shiitake and half brown mushrooms, sunkist tuna, and Silk soy heavy cream. I left out the garlic because a guest had an allergy. The one "upgrade" I made was broiling the green beans, which just seemed easier to me than boiling them. I was skeptical until the end when I added the lemon juice, which is what truly made the dish pop. Everyone had seconds and was divvying up the final spoonful in the pan. I served it with microwaved sweet potatoes and plain farro.

    • purrviciouz on September 11, 2019

      This is really delicious and pretty quick to make. It definitely feels like something you'd see at the Thanksgiving table. I used a variety of whatever fresh mushrooms I could find at the market. The tuna was present but not overwhelming. The lemon zest and juice at the end added a nice brightness to all the savory flavors.

    • Lsblackburn1 on August 20, 2018

      This was definitely not light, but certainly delicious. I threw the sautéed garlic back into the dish which was even yummier! Had a very retro appeal to it.

  • Cucumbers, celery, apricots, and pistachios

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Made with celery fresh from the farmers market, this salad was excellent - easy to toss together and tons of flavors and textures. Would be excellent with a simple roasted chicken or the like. The technique of plumping the dried apricots in red wine vinegar with a smashed garlic clove is a nice touch.

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      This was okay but certainly not worth all the prep and work.

    • metacritic on July 20, 2022

      Delicious and pretty straightforward. Other than some chopping and thoughtful salting, this dish is pretty easy and straightforward to compose. Makes a huge quantity and could easily be halved unless being made for a dinner party. I used farmer's market produce and think that likely essential to the success of the dish.

  • Cucumbers, scallions, mint, and dried chiles

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      This is an easy, light, fresh salad. No great revelation but still a little different and I'll play around with it again using other varieties of cucumber. The white wine vinegar (I used the Katz late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc vinegar the book recommends) is a change from the rice vinegar I usually use.

    • mlbatt on August 06, 2020

      Very nice refreshing salad. Used a little white balsamic to give mild sweetness to my white wine vinegar. Aleppo pepper subbed for dried chili flakes, with good results. Will make again.

    • bernalgirl on September 09, 2021

      Easy to put together out of ingredients I always have around, flavorful, refreshing. I only had two types of cucumbers so I just cut them all in different shapes. I also used Aleppo pepper. Definitely a keeper.

    • clcorbi on July 31, 2017

      This salad isn't really earth-shattering, but it's fast, tasty, and refreshing. A nice quick side which is a good foil to a richer main course. I substituted red wine vinegar for white, and eyeballed how much olive oil to add rather than using a full 1/4c.

  • String beans, pickled beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives on tonnato

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Great main dish salad. Every bite is a little different: tender/crisp string beans, crunchy pickled wax beans p 59 that actually add a sweet element, tart tomatoes, peppery arugula and fragrant basil, salty olives, sharp, crunchy red onion all of which get bathed in delicious tonnato. I skipped the optional croutons in favor of some crusty bread but if you're not doing bread on the side they do add a welcome crunch.

    • joanhuguet on August 05, 2019

      Great summer produce recipe. Next time, I will skip the vinaigrette on the cucumbers – the acidity from the pickles is enough, and the excess liquid watered down the tonnato sauce.

    • Lepa on March 11, 2018

      This is stunning. It makes an enormous platter and every bite is absolutely perfect.

    • saarwouters on July 22, 2018

      I loved it too. I didn't make the pickled beans, but I didn't miss them (maybe because of the vinegar in the dish, which makes it 'tart'). Served it as a side with grilled fish.

  • Grilled summer squash with caper-raisin vinaigrette

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      That caper-raisin vinaigrette - not sure why anchovy isn't in the name since it uses a whole tin of them 1f643.png - isn't the prettiest sauce but it sure packs a lot of flavor and turns a simple dish of grilled squash and fresh tomatoes into something very special. I'll certainly make this again and put that sauce on everything!

    • Lepa on July 16, 2019

      This is the best zucchini dish I've ever had. We made this for a dinner with friends and one declared it one of the best things he'd ever eaten!

    • patioweather on July 29, 2019

      This is good, but the recipe is basically "apply the caper-raisin vinaigrette to everything!"

  • Grilled wax and green beans with tomatoes, basil, and spicy fish-sauce sauce

    • SheilaS on July 31, 2018

      I really enjoyed the charred flavor on the beans and scallions. Don't be afraid to get some color on them!

    • ruth115 on August 09, 2018

      The veg need to be blackened, become almost toffeeish and the dressing is zingy. Delish.

    • Lepa on September 08, 2019

      This was okay. We didn't have wax beans so used green beans and they charred but stayed a bit tough, which was unpleasant. I also thought the taste of basil dominated a bit too much. I might try this again but I'm on the fence.

    • Lzeleny on July 22, 2018

      Very good. Accompanied grilled lamb chops, great summertime side dish.

  • Quick cioppino

    • SheilaS on August 24, 2018

      I made this by adding Trader Joe's frozen seafood blend (squid, scallops and shrimp) to some of the Six Seasons tomato soup and it was a great way to make leftovers into a meal.

  • Grilled green tomatoes with avocado, feta, and watermelon

    • SheilaS on August 20, 2018

      I thoroughly enjoyed this salad. The tartness of the grilled green tomatoes is a perfect partner for the sweet watermelon and the char on the tomatoes and scallions adds depth to the flavors. I don't usually encounter green tomatoes but wouldn't hesitate to make this again when I do. I used a stovetop grill pan and most of the char on the tomatoes stayed stuck to the pan, maybe oiling the pan would have helped but there was no problem with the scallions sticking so I'm not sure. The recipe says to slice the scallions on a sharp angle before grilling. I cut them in half (longitudinally) before grilling, and then into shorter segments after. The recipe also called for purslane, which I skipped due to unavailability.

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta vinaigrette

    • SheilaS on June 23, 2018

      Since I made the pancetta vinaigrette a day ahead and had some sprouts in the fridge, it was easy to make these. Just roast and toss with the vinaigrette. I can see this working with any number of roasted vegetables.

    • nicolepellegrini on September 12, 2020

      My sprouts were done in 15 minutes - any longer and they would have been burnt to a crisp, so don't just go by the listed cook time. It's hard to go wrong with this combination of ingredients, otherwise.

  • Swiss chard, leek, herb, and ricotta crostata

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      I reduced the sugar from 5T to 1T in the walnut crust. I debated baking this in a tart pan so I could blind bake the crust but I figured I'd go with the recipe for the first time. Indeed, the bottom crust isn't as nicely crisp and brown in the very center. It's not bad, and the crisp upper crust kind of makes up for it, but next time, I'll try a tart or pie pan version.

    • MollyB on November 08, 2017

      Made this as written. The filling was very good, but I didn't really like it with the sweet crust. (My husband did.) If I make it again, I will omit the sugar from the nut crust or perhaps use a different crust.

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      Made a test batch for this tart using the walnut crust in prep for including this on an upcoming tea menu. the flavor profile of the filling is perfect as written. I added sage to the herb mix which was a mistake. Way too powerful. Re the crust, the sweet aspect of the crust was a little weird. If using the nut crust for a savory dish, omit the sugar or cut down drastically. Perfect texture and my test crostata came out exactly like the one in the book. I would caution to roll your dough out to a thin crust or the crust overpowers the filling. Otherwise delicious.

    • DKennedy on October 23, 2017

      Made this for Tea '17 - based on test batch, I doubled the amount of greens (1 bunch chard, 1 bag pre cleaned TJ's black kale) to give it a better filling to crust ratio. All other ingredients remained the same but I sprinkled more cheese over the hot tart after it was taken out of the oven. Start the tart at a temp. of 400 for 25-35 minutes, then reduce to 325 for the remaining 15-20 minutes. The tart dough can be made ahead and frozen, it thaws easily. The filling can be put together the day before, adding the eggs at the last minute. Impressive presentation and pretty healthy.

    • Astrid5555 on November 19, 2020

      We loved the filling but not the crust. Very crumbly, maybe because I used almonds instead of walnuts?

    • clkandel on February 11, 2018

      I used the filling in a puff pastry shell. Delicious! Next time I'll make it with the crust from the recipe.

    • ksg518 on May 01, 2020

      We've made this several times and loved it each time. The ratio of dough to filling is high but the walnut crust is delicious. The dough can be a little tricky to work with since it wants to crack but the end result is always wonderful.

    • MmeFleiss on October 17, 2017

      This is my favorite dish from this book so far. We loved it with the full amount of sugar in the crust, but we’re also really fond of the sweet and savory combo.

    • purrviciouz on October 02, 2019

      We loved this and were happy with the sweetness of the crust. I preferred this as leftovers at room temperature with a simple side salad. The recipe didn't say what temp to start it at. I wish I'd seen DKennedy's post before making it but it turned out fine. I started at 375, increased to 400 for a few minutes to achieve browning, then decreased to 325 but next time I'd start at 400 then reduce to 325.

  • Raw corn with walnuts, mint, and chiles

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      The header notes for this recipe say it's inspired by the classic Mexican grilled corn on the cob served with chile powder, lime, mayo and Cotija cheese. As a salad, the fresh corn is so sweet that it's a much more delicate flavor profile. The crostini variation with charred bread and whipped ricotta comes closer to the Mexican street corn flavor profile. I added a sprinkle of dried chile to enhance that. I highly recommend trying that variation.

    • nicolepellegrini on August 02, 2020

      This has all the now-familiar elements of many of the other raw vegetable salads in this cookbook: cheese, citrus, mint, nuts, olive oil. But here I think it works especially well, though that may be my love of raw corn salads in general! I served on a bed of arugula.

    • metacritic on August 03, 2022

      A terrific dish for a bbq that involves no cooking, has lovely sweetness and texture, and is bright with flavor. Will make again for sure.

    • Lucylew on October 27, 2019

      I have made this salad several times. It is a joy to eat when corn is in season. I double the batch and there is only two people in my house!

    • Babycarrot on August 08, 2023

      Love a summer recipe that doesn’t require any heating up the stove or oven. This was good. Will try the crostini version next. Perfect with in season corn.

  • Raw corn with walnuts, mint, and chile crostini

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Love this! The header notes for this recipe say it's inspired by the classic Mexican grilled corn on the cob served with chile powder, lime, mayo and Cotija cheese. As a salad, the fresh corn is so sweet that it's a much more delicate flavor profile. This crostini variation with charred bread and whipped ricotta comes closer to the Mexican street corn flavor profile. I added a sprinkle of dried chile to enhance that.

  • Corn and tomato salad with torn croutons

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      It's worth waiting for farm-fresh sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes to make this salad. The mix of heirloom tomatoes I used was really delicious and made a big difference. The croutons, nuts and cheese add texture and flavor.

    • Aggie92 on July 23, 2018

      This was a huge hit with everyone at the dinner table. I grilled in-season grocery store corn and loved the slightly charred flavor it leant to the salad. I also omitted the croutons because I don’t like soggy leftovers. Well, that was a worthless worry, 4 of us cleaned the bowl and left nary a morsel. I did cut the olive oil back to 1/4 cup since I prefer a 1:1 vinegar:oil ratio.

    • TrishaCP on August 24, 2019

      This was summer on a plate. I too grilled the corn (just personal preference).

    • nicolepellegrini on August 10, 2020

      Another raw vegetable salad with the familiar elements from this book (cheese, nuts, mint, bread, etc.) But very good. This was basically like a panzanella salad with fresh corn.

    • Astrid5555 on September 12, 2018

      Now that I made the torn croutons last night I finally had an excuse to also cook this salad. I used grilled corn and did not add the scallions (don‘t care much for raw ones), apart from that followed the recipe as written. Delicious!

    • southerncooker on September 16, 2018

      Loved this raw corn salad. The torn croutons were delicious and I'll be making them again. I got a variety of small tomatoes of different colors to go in this dish. Loved the other ingredients in this one including the pistachios, red wine vinegar, Pecorino Romano and seasonings.

    • SugarTreeBaking on August 02, 2021

      As mentioned, farm-fresh corn and heirloom tomatoes are essential for this “summer in a bowl” salad. The addition of mint was a delicious surprise layer. I like to divide the recipe in half prior to adding the olive oil and croutons, and store in the refrigerator for the following day, the flavors really come together after this rest time. Don’t forget to save some croutons for the next days salad!

    • clkandel on August 21, 2021

      Excellent flavor and very fresh tasting. I don't think it needs both the croutons and pistachios, would still be great with one or the other. I think it would be great without the cheese too.

    • Lepa on July 25, 2018

      This was very good but tasted a bit sweet. I blamed the fresh, raw corn but now realize that I forgot to add the parmesan, which I think would have balanced the flavors better. Nevertheless, my family rated this a 9/10 out of 10 so we will be making it again.

    • metacritic on August 09, 2022

      A good Panzanella captures the essence of summer. This recipe offers up a great version of this dish, rivaling the variations in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. The combination of raw corn and perfectly ripe tomatoes, layered with crisp bread and herbs, is pretty much perfect. I'm sure you could play with this base and add feta rather than pecorino, or leave out the pistachios (though I loved them), or grate tomato into the vinegar for another rich note in the dish. In any event, this recipe goes into the summer rotation.

    • sosayi on July 26, 2018

      Great, summery bread salad. I used grilled corn and roasted tomatoes (husband isn't a fan of raw ones) and then added some white beans, but otherwise followed the recipe. I might cut the red wine vinegar to 3 tbl to start next time (from 4), as I felt it was a tad too acidic, but we still loved the whole thing. Toasting the bread makes leftovers holdup really well, too.

    • Lucylew on October 27, 2019

      Another really great summer salad from Six Seasons. I've made it with and without the pistachios. I prefer without.

    • dbruijn on July 26, 2020

      So good! Family loved. Will make again

  • Grilled corn with alla diavola butter and pecorino

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      I really like the Alla Diavola butter p 33 and this was very good but grilling fresh, tender sweet corn seems to take some of the "pop" out of the kernels - they don't quite burst when your teeth hit them they way they do if you just steam or microwave them lightly.

  • Carta di musica with roasted eggplant spread, herbs, and ricotta salad

    • SheilaS on August 05, 2018

      I agree with Lepa that the flavors and textures are great - I especially like the contrast between the herb "salad" dressed with lemon and olive oil and the creamy eggplant spread - but it's rather awkward to eat. The carta di musica crackers are very large. Breaking pieces off makes the salad fall off but a knife and fork seems silly. We just used our hands and it was delicious I found the carta di musica to stay crisp for a while, but they do eventually soften under the eggplant spread so I'd recommend leaving a good rim around the outside that will stay crispy. Served this with extra carta di musica crackers and eggplant spread, olives and roasted vegetables.

    • clkandel on August 14, 2020

      The flavors are delicious. I used harissa olive oil for drizzling at the table.

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      This was a nice flavor combination but the flat breads got a bit soggy after sitting for a few minutes, which ruined the effect.

  • Peperonata

    • SheilaS on September 11, 2018

      The flavor is excellent but I overcooked this waiting for the cherry tomatoes to burst. After ~ 45 min, I smushed them with a spoon, then had to cook further to reduce the liquid they released. Next time, I will add them earlier or cut them in half before adding or smash them after 5 or 10 min.

    • mcvl on May 13, 2020

      V. good. Based on a recipe of Jane Grigson's that I had made before, I added some ground coriander, quite nice. Served with ham.

    • bernalgirl on September 10, 2020

      Significant prep and one hour cooking, ore tomatoes than other favorites, but the layered addition of tomatoes and scallions make for a delicious condiment. I agree with the recommendation to slice the cherry tomatoes to promote more even cooking.

    • Lepa on September 24, 2018

      This is luscious, especially slathered on a slice of grilled bread. I think it would be lovely with a poached egg, too.

    • Macnclaire on September 09, 2018

      Used a mix of 6 different kinds of peppers. Added castelvetrano olives just to warm through. Delicious spread.

    • etcjm on September 23, 2018

      cooked a much smaller portion as I didn't have that many peppers. I also had to pop in the oven instead of cooking on the hob - my hob just will not simmer! It all worked out fine though and it will be cooked again. Leftovers today with lamb were a treat.

  • Red pepper, potato, and prosciutto frittata topped with ricotta

    • SheilaS on August 01, 2018

      I made a slightly more than 1/2-sized recipe in an 8" pan with 5 oz potatoes, 1.5 red bell peppers, 1.5 oz prosciutto, 7 scallions and 4 eggs. The dollops of ricotta make it special.

    • Lepa on March 23, 2019

      This was easy and very well received by my family. My kids especially loved it. Definitely a repeat for us.

    • amandabeck on August 02, 2021

      We enjoyed this one enough. I love salt but found that if I seasoned as instructed, this came out way, way too salty. I also found the ratio of two peppers to six eggs being off, but it's possible my large eggs are slightly smaller than they should be-- we had to use eight eggs to make sure it didn't turn into a veggie hash.

    • purrviciouz on September 07, 2019

      This was delicious and I was surprised by the pleasing texture of the sauteed prosciutto. The second time I made this I added some garlic to the vegetables and added fresh herbs and salt to the ricotta.

    • Hansyhobs on May 08, 2022

      This was extremely tasty

    • allisonsemele on December 25, 2020

      This was delicious, though very salty with the cheese and prosciutto. I used half the suggested salt in the egg mixture, but would use even less next time. Will definitely make again—was perfect for a festive but easy Christmas brunch.

    • pomegranate on August 14, 2022

      Delicious combination of ingredients. Ricotta makes it truly special. I should have cooked my potatoes longer than the suggested time, and cooked the frittata a little less, but it was a super tasty dish.

  • Beans on toast

    • SheilaS on August 30, 2018

      I make various versions of beans on toast and usually just scoop the beans on to the bread and mash them with a fork enough that they'll stay put. This is more complicated in asking that some of the beans be put in the food processor and spread on the toast like "frosting a cupcake" with whole beans spooned on top. A bit fussy for me and I wouldn't bother with it again but that garlic and rosemary infused olive oil makes it all delicious. I had this with fresh tomatoes, thin slices of pecorino and a few olives.

  • Tomato-rubbed grilled bread topped with tomato salad

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Delicious as an app or starter. Bread is grilled or toasted, rubbed with garlic, olive oil and tomato, spread with whipped ricotta and topped with more fresh tomatoes that have been marinated in red wine vinegar which adds a perfect contrast to the richness of the ricotta. I added a little confetti of basil.

    • hashi on September 03, 2023

      Super easy recipe that is perfect for the last cherry tomatoes of summer. Subbed goat cheese for ricotta because that’s what I had. Delicious.

  • Farro with tomatoes, raw corn, mint, basil, and scallions

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      Nice seasonal salad. I lightened up on both the olive oil and salt to suit my taste. As written, the serving size is ample enough to be a main course. The farro benefits from a bit of time to absorb the flavors but that time is not kind to the croutons so I'd hold them out until ready to eat, especially if you foresee leftovers.

    • nicolepellegrini on July 14, 2020

      This was ok...not my favorite recipe from this book so far, came out a bit bland even with using fresh local corn and tomatoes, and herbs from my garden. Liked it better the next day with a little cheese mixed in for more tang/robust flavor. Maybe use a different vinegar next time for more flavor punch?

    • clkandel on May 28, 2018

      Loved this dish. Next time I'll probably leave the croutons out or just serve on the side to keep them extra crispy.

    • bwhip on July 24, 2017

      Loved it! I'll always use the author's technique for cooking farro - toasting it a bit first with a little garlic and red pepper flakes. I used lightly roasted corn instead of raw, as I really like it that way and only noticed later that the recipe calls for raw corn (oops!). The blend of flavors and textures was wonderful. Looking forward to making this one again soon

    • wots4dinner on September 05, 2019

      Loved this, even tho my corn wasn’t very good.

    • Macnclaire on September 03, 2018

      Using peak summer produce made this one super dish. I too loved the nutty flavor of the toasted farro. One change I made, I added 2-3 cloves of black garlic to the farro while it cooked, mashing it in after. It added a sweet, tangy, almost molasses-y flavor. I'm not a fan of refrigerated fresh tomatoes, but somehow the leftovers were tastier having marinated together. I always opt to add croutons to each individual serving to avoid them getting mushy.

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Raw corn really pops, perfect late summer salad.

    • snoozermoose on August 31, 2022

      I left the croutons out but followed the rest of the recipe as is. Really tasty and a great use of late summer produce. Will definitely make this again!

  • Tomato, melon, and hot chile salad with burrata

    • SheilaS on July 31, 2018

      This was perfect for a hot evening. I used a super sweet and ripe Galia melon with red, yellow and gold heirloom tomatoes and a mix of purchased pepperoncini and Manzano chiles that I pickled per Six Seasons. I'd love to try this with a mix of different melons.

    • bernalgirl on August 23, 2021

      This is the reason I love this cookbook so much — a combination I would never think of, with a description that only partially appeals, and yet the recipe totally works. A great summer salad!

    • clkandel on July 25, 2022

      Wonderful, seasonal salad. Next time I think I'll try substituting minced lemon peppers for the pepporcini peppers.

    • Rradishes on September 07, 2022

      This was a great salad, but it does get very juicy the longer it sits, which could be a plus for some.

    • saarwouters on July 20, 2018

      Wonderful summer salad. We make a simple caprese salad often, but the addition of pickled pepper and vinegar in this recipe really made it extra special! I couldn't find 'hot pickled peppers', so I just used normal ones, and added some dried hot chilli flakes.

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    • Running_with_Wools on May 25, 2021

      I was so fascinated with the idea of the (to me) strange combination of melon and tomatoes, that this recipe stuck with me until I made it. Last summer, I found a perfectly ripe melon at the SLC farmer's market, and I got some heirloom tomatoes and threw it together. It was outstanding. Really delicious and refreshing. I would not make this without excellent tomatoes and melon, and I look forward to hunting them down this August once again.

    • allisonsemele on September 09, 2021

      This is wonderful if the tomatoes and melon are good.

  • Israeli-spiced tomatoes, yogurt sauce, and chickpeas

    • SheilaS on August 24, 2018

      Highly recommended. The 3 components to this dish combine for a wonderful blend of flavors. Sliced tomatoes, marinated with a mix of ground cumin, coriander, sumac, garlic and salt. Yogurt sauce with cucumber, basil, mint, parsley and a few dashes of hot sauce. A chickpea, red onion and parsley salad dressed with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

    • bernalgirl on September 01, 2020

      I agree with all the raves about this spice mix on the tomatoes, and this combination of flavors. It’s a gorgeous presentation and definitely the tomato salad to wow your guests. However for serving at home, next time I’ll save a bowl and combine the chickpea mixture with the yogurt mixture to serve over the tomatoes.

    • FJT on July 31, 2019

      I bought this book last year when I didn’t have a kitchen and I have just got back to it. So far I’m 0 for 2 - nothing intrinsically wrong with either recipe I’ve made but both got a very indifferent response from my family. I quite liked this, but I’m definitely not excited by it and won’t make it again. Reviews from the rest of the family were not as positive!

    • jenmacgregor18 on August 22, 2023

      Good. I made a scaled-down version for a work lunch. I used halved grape tomatoes. I prepped the night before and think it would have been better if I had added the garlic to the yogurt in the morning. It faded a bit overnight. It would have been much better with that punch. And if I had Huy Fong.

    • ldtrieb on August 02, 2020

      Made this last year and making it again today. It’s really delicious and I have some beautiful tomatoes to use up. Can’t wait.

    • Lepa on September 08, 2019

      I was expecting to like this more than I did. It was okay, but in a dinner party with six different dishes from this cookbook, this dish wasn't as good as the others. It is good but there are only so many days before August tomatoes are gone and I'm not sure this dish is the best way to showcase them.

    • athayer on July 17, 2021

      Lives up to the other reviews! Delightful summer dish and fairly flexible. A nice alternative to a Caprese salad (not taking anything away from Caprese). I agree with cutting the tomatoes into bite sized wedges.

    • khopkins1012 on July 01, 2019

      A simple, light but filling dish. Now part of my summer rotation.

    • etcjm on September 23, 2018

      I love this. Been 'cooked' 3 times already. Will be a mainstay on rotation. Do not be mean with the herbs!

    • Totallywired on August 01, 2019

      Unfair to call this average as all the flavours work, in balance, and it’s satisfying, but could use some edits. Smaller tomatoes? Maybe it’s too reminiscent of mayo-drenched picnic salads.

    • Lucylew on October 27, 2019

      I have made this several times the last couple of years - it is now a summer staple in my house. The only change I have made is that I serve the tomatoes in bite sized wedges - it is easier to serve and eat vs. tomato slices. My go herbs are parsley, basil, cilantro and mint but any combination of fresh herbs would work.

  • Parsnip soup with pine nut, currant, and celery leaf relish

    • SheilaS on February 23, 2018

      Delicious soup with the sweetness of the parsnips contrasting with the "relish." Don't leave that garnish out - it's what makes this special!

    • breakthroughc on January 10, 2021

      I make this every fall and love it. I agree with Sheila that the relish is what really makes this dish. I use chicken broth instead of water and finish the soup with a little half and half.

    • ellwell on February 02, 2023

      I just made a half-batch of this to test for a dinner party and it is awesome! Instead of adding plain water to make it “pourable” , I added about a cup and a half of vegetable stock (not even homemade). Loved it with the garnish but also loved it plain. The vinegar in the garnish adds some brightness, and the crunchies make it a “wow”.

    • fbcd on May 27, 2022

      The relish! It makes this soup sing.

  • Onion and pancetta tart

    • SheilaS on February 23, 2018

      This recipe uses the walnut variation of the pecan pastry dough on p 49. I reduced the amount of sugar in the dough from 5 T down to 2 T and still found it had a pleasant sweetness. The tart itself is rich and delicious but that crust is certainly the star of the show!

    • darcie_b on March 05, 2021

      Can't go wrong with this combination of ingredients. I cut back the sugar in the walnut crust to 1 Tbsp. because I didn't want any sweetness coming through. I also used a 9 inch tart pan and it worked great - I am not sure there would have been enough filling for a 10 inch pan as specified in the recipe.

    • Lepa on September 08, 2019

      This is really delicious. I read several reviews recommending less sugar for the dough but everyone at our dinner party liked the sweetness of the dough with this tart filling. I made two tarts- one in a ceramic pan and one in a metal pan with a removable bottom and the one I cooked in the metal pan was much better. The crust was firmer and less filling fit into that pie so it became firm and golden while the other slightly larger pie stayed a bit gooey. This pie was loved by everyone at our party, including the kids. I have some leftover tart dough in my freezer and can't wait to revisit this recipe!

    • amandabeck on January 20, 2024

      Delicious filling-- can't go wrong with onions, pancetta, and creme fraiche! However, I didn't read the notes before cooking this recipe and trusted the sugar content in the walnut crust recipe even when I thought it was weird. It came out distractingly sweet and took away from the filling. Next time I would do no sugar or dramatically reduced sugar.

    • breakthroughc on February 27, 2022

      This is a really good tart. I used half the sugar and would cut it back a little further. I used the crème fraiche and it was rich and decadent. In a 10 inch pan it was a thin tart probably better suited as a starter or a part of a spread of small plates.

    • KillaBee2k5 on January 20, 2022

      Really good recipe! I added a bit more pancetta than what the recipe indicated, but you really can't go wrong with more pancetta!

    • Ishie1013 on February 05, 2024

      This was good, and I took the suggestion of other posters of cutting the sugar in the crust back to a tablespoon, which made the curst pretty awesome. I'm not sure what happened with the pan size, since I measured mine, but I needed to make nearly twice the filling to fill it. Still, a nice recipe.

  • Crispy mushrooms with green herb mayonnaise

    • SheilaS on August 25, 2018

      I don't have much experience frying things so I first made the batter too thin and by the time I added enough flour and cornstarch to thicken it, any fizz from the sparkling water was long gone. The green herb mayo was a nice accompaniment, especially with extra lemon added to balance the richness.

  • Roasted cabbage with walnuts, Parmigiano, and saba

    • SheilaS on September 19, 2018

      The great flavor and texture exceeded my expectations for such an easy recipe - quarter a cabbage, rub with butter, roast, toss with saba and sprinkle the topping (toasted walnuts, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese).

    • Yildiz100 on October 15, 2017

      The flavors are all good but it is just too rich. Also, takes longer than indicated to get the cabbage to a pleasant texture.

  • Kale and mushroom lasagna

    • SheilaS on February 23, 2018

      This makes a delicious and rich lasagna. In my book, the recipe does not state the oven temp. 375°F works well. Do cover the pan with foil for the first 30 min or so. Also, don't be concerned if the cream sauce seems a bit thin - the noodles will absorb the liquid as they cook.

    • VineTomato on December 22, 2018

      I've never been a big lasagna fan, and this is only the third one I've cooked in my life. Wow! So I made a few swaps - rainbow chard (with sautéed stems) and spinach in place of the kale, and added a few extra wild mushrooms. The white sauce is incredible. I'm making another lasagna this week with same white sauce but introducing my veggie spag bol to replace the kale and mushrooms. No temp in my book either - 180C worked.

    • meginyeg on July 12, 2022

      I thought this was ok. It was time consuming to make but the end result was filling and tasty.

    • patioweather on December 31, 2018

      I baked it at 350 degrees. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. It's the most time consuming recipe I've made from this book, but everyone who tasted it agreed it was worth it.

    • allisonsemele on November 27, 2020

      I made the veloute with homemade vegetable stock and it was incredibly delicious. The lasagna itself was good but seemed less than the sum of its parts. Maybe I under seasoned the mushrooms or something? If I make this again, I’ll add a little sausage.

    • fbcd on May 27, 2022

      Marcella Hazan claims that the only pasta suitable for lasagna is paper-thin dough freshly made at home. I'm less adamant, but I have to say, this recipe made with homemade pasta is fabulous. I much prefer vegetarian to meat based lasagna, and the lemon zest adds a lovely zing to this tomato-less version. With homemade pasta it tastes light and delicious with no hint of stodginess that many lasagnas have.

  • Smashed new potato hash browns

    • SheilaS on July 21, 2018

      These are indeed excellent little hash browns. I served them with the Charred Scallion Salsa Verde p 100 and soft boiled eggs.

  • Battered and fried cabbage with crispy seeds and lemons

    • MelMM on February 01, 2019

      10-5-2017 Made batter gluten-free by using a mix of sweet rice flour and potato starch. The different seeds behaved differently in the batter. The poppy seeds stayed suspended in the batter more than the other seeds, whereas the large coriander seeds tended to drop out. I would try this again with another seed mix. I'm think the Indian pickling mix, panch puran, would work nicely and give a lot more flavor. Or just mustard seeds. I'd probably also play around with the batter a bit. Something I'm likely to experiment with going forward. Just not this exact combination of veg and seeds.

  • Very flaky pastry dough

    • Cati on April 05, 2018

      Best flaky pastry I have made. Used to make Cabbage, mushroom hand pies page 338.

  • Cabbage and mushroom hand pies

    • Cati on February 27, 2018

      Read through this recipe. After cooking the mushrooms he removes them to a bowl. They never got added to the filling. Careless

    • Cati on April 05, 2018

      Very worhwhile recipe. Can freeze uncooked or cooked.

    • MollyB on November 08, 2017

      These were fabulous, nicely seasoned with a tasty crust. I had to cook the cabbage considerably longer than specified in the recipe to get it to the point where it was tender. I will definitely make these again.

  • Mushroom butter

    • okcook on November 01, 2019

      This is a great butter. So much flavour. Great on meat like lamb, pork or beef. Spread on toast with lots of cracked black pepper. It is very easy to make...just take some time. I have a stash in the freezer...a log cut into coins and individually wrapped ready for use.

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      Made this for my frozen pantry. I added mushroom powder instead of more mushrooms to make it a double mushroom butter. It is so flavorful. I can't wait to use it!

  • Cream of celery soup

    • mcvl on January 21, 2022

      Tasty, albeit unadventurous. The directions say to cut the celery stalks into 1" pieces, but that's too big if you're using celery from the farmers market, what I think of as feral celery. It has much more flavor than grocery-store celery, but it's tough. Quarter-inch slices work better.

    • clkandel on January 23, 2022

      Tasty, simple soup, as titled it is a classic cream of celery soup. I left out the cream and it still has a creamy mouthfeel. The topping makes this simple soup something special.

    • Macnclaire on October 04, 2018

      If you love celery you'll love this soup. Find the greenest celery you can for this. I did not add cream to my portion and loved it!! Don't skip the garnish, it added texture, sweetness, and crunch. I added nigella seeds instead of celery seeds.

  • Pan-steamed broccoli with sesame seeds, Parmigiano, and lemon

    • Aggie92 on August 02, 2018

      Delicious. Made the variation with mixed vegetables since I was short on broccoli. Used carrot coins, sliced mini peppers, and broccoli. Also had to substitute pecorino cheese for the Parmesan. Can’t wait to try the broccoli rabe variation too.

    • nicolepellegrini on July 17, 2020

      This was very good. The "pan-steaming" technique worked great to make sure the broccoli was cooked through while still giving it some browning and extra flavor. I did cut significantly back on the olive oil used at the end to finish it (maybe 1/2 of what was suggested, at most), as I find I've done a lot with the recipes in this cookbook.

    • mharriman on June 25, 2019

      Very good. My husband and I really liked this. I made a few changes: 1/4 cup of water didn’t evaporate much in my cast iron skillet, and adding more water wasn’t needed. My electric stove, at medium heat, finished steaming the broccoli in about 6 minutes, not 10 as mentioned. Finally, adding 1/4 cup of additional oil at the end seemed like a lot of overkill when my broccoli was already moist. I just added a tablespoon and a half. This was a wonderful complement to the main I made - salmon with soy-mustard glaze.

    • Lepa on May 13, 2018

      I made the broccoli rabe version with olives and capers and it was delicious. I omitted the parmesan cheese and didn't miss it.

  • Cucumbers, yogurt, rose, walnuts, and herbs

    • Emily Hope on September 05, 2018

      I've made this a couple of times and we really like it--with the caveat that I haven't had a chance to try with the rose water, as I didn't have any on hand. Still delicious--good acidity from the vinegar and crunch from the cucumber and the walnuts. With some french lentils on the side, makes a fast vegetarian summer meal. Picked up the lentils suggestion from 101 Cookbooks, which also has the recipe:

  • Risotto with shell beans, sausage, and bitter greens

    • Emily Hope on September 28, 2017

      This risotto was OK but I'm not sure it will be a repeat for us as written -- mashing the beans into the ingredients gave it a slight grainy texture that I just didn't care for. Texture would probably be fine if that step was left out, but in general the flavor was just OK. Made in the instant pot (hooray for Instant Pot risotto!) Served with a tomato/roasted pepper salad.

    • VineTomato on October 21, 2017

      Made with a few subs: borlotti beans (my new favorite ingredient!) instead of shell beans (which I don’t even know what they are) and we made a veggie version of this by adding some fried Quorn Swedish style ‘meat’balls at the end. It was nice but not amazing - probably lacking some flavor due to leaving out the Italian sausage. Noting Emily’s comment we did not crush the beans and I can’t imagine if we did that it would have been nicer. The Radicchio proved hard to come by (tried three different shops) and in the end, after all the effort we really didn’t like it! I may try this again with sausage ... maybe.

    • grindabod on September 02, 2020

      I like when a risotto feels like a whole meal instead of just a starter or side dish, so this one is perfect to me, as the beans and sausage make it quite hefty and add nice flavour and texture variation. I actually liked the fact that some of the beans were mashed, it added to the silkiness of the whole thing. I can see this becoming a classic in our household.

  • Corn fritters with pickled chiles

    • MollyB on August 13, 2018

      Very good but quite filling (even made with mediocre corn). We served them with a spinach salad for dinner. I wasn't sure about the recommendation to serve them with compound butter, so I served them with a cucumber yogurt sauce I had in the fridge, and that seemed just right. The yogurt nicely offset the heat of the chiles. Like clcorbi, I had pretty hot pickled chiles (from the Six Seasons recipe), so I only used half of what the recipe called for, and that worked well.

    • clcorbi on August 25, 2017

      These are really delicious. Definitely not healthy--we ate them for dinner with fried eggs and a side salad, and while it was an amazing meal, it was much richer than what we'd normally have. I made a half recipe to serve two people, and the only change I made was to reduce the amount of pickled chilis--I was using some extremely hot Sichuan pickled chilis, and I knew 1/3c of them would be overkill. So I used half that, and the fritters were perfect--spicy but you could still taste all of the other flavors, too. The added cheese makes these extremely rich and delicious. I also pan-fried them rather than deep-frying, which worked just fine. These would make a great appetizer. It would probably be better to serve them that way rather than as a full dinner.

  • Watercress butter

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      I made a batch of this for my freezer because the last time I made the colcannon recipe I didn't have any on hand and used ramp butter with radish greens instead. I am looking forward to trying the recipe again as intended.

    • Lepa on December 02, 2017

      This was delicious and well worth the (minimal) effort. I'm looking forward to eating it with a white bean soup.

  • Colcannon with watercress butter

    • DKennedy on October 06, 2017

      This was my first introduction to Colcannon, though I now see I have several recipes for it in other trusted books. I didn't have watercress butter on hand so I used ramp butter, and I added radish tops to the mix. Good, but I expect it will be even better when made as intended.

    • Lepa on December 02, 2017

      This was so utterly delicious that my family was reduced to fighting over the last helping. My eight year old said it was the "best thing I've put in my mouth". I made it with the watercress butter but my younger son ate it without and it was still delicious. I have a tub of the watercress butter left and I'm already scheming how to make the colcannon again this week.

  • Corn, tomatoes, and clams on grilled bread, knife-and-fork-style

    • DKennedy on October 16, 2017

      This recipe takes about 5 minutes to get on the table (once mis en plas is done) and is probably among the best dishes I've ever eaten.

    • VineTomato on December 02, 2017

      Nice but nothing extra special. I used frozen clams, fresh I think would have made it a bit more special. Next time will cut down on oil and butter - perhaps adding clams to the sweet corn and tomato broth in Hugh’s River Cottage Light and Easy? This could be a nice fast day meal without the oil, butter and bread.

    • metacritic on August 19, 2022

      Good; easy. I don't have the same rapturous response to this dish as others here. I used cockles and the dish might be better with something more toothsome (and briny) and less delicate. Will repeat with larger clams and see if that improves the dish. I suspect it will.

    • Lucylew on October 05, 2019

      It is recipes like this that cause me to be reluctant to go out to eat - incredibly simple, fresh and utterly delicious! Definitely looks and eats like a restaurant quality dish! This is sooo good!

  • Torn croutons

    • TrishaCP on August 24, 2019

      I concur that these croutons are really great.

    • Astrid5555 on September 11, 2018

      Great way of using up leftover bread. Addictive!

    • Yildiz100 on October 01, 2017

      Great croutons. Ready in 15 minutes. (I used fairly thinly sliced levain bread) Not sure if tearing really makes a difference and it definitely takes longer than cutting, so next time I will cut instead and compare.

    • saarwouters on July 22, 2018

      I used ciabatta bread and cut the bread (instead of tearing). Delicious!

    • patioweather on November 12, 2018

      These are sincerely the best croutons. It was also very easy.

    • Elaine115 on October 21, 2022

      Have used French Baguette and Ciabatta Bread and both are equally good. Easy recipe and very delicious. Great way to use up leftover bread!

  • Lemon cream

    • TrishaCP on June 14, 2020

      This was a lovely dressing-best in my opinion with lots of black pepper. I let the garlic hang out in the cream for more than 2 hours to no ill effect. In fact, I thought the garlic was very subtle.

    • ksg518 on May 02, 2019

      A wonderful creamy dressing! We used an immersion blender instead of a whisk and it turned out great; perhaps not as light as with a whisk but very good. I can't wait to try this on a lobster roll!

    • khopkins1012 on November 13, 2019

      I'm not a big garlic fan so it doesn't surprise me that I ended up disliking this dressing because the garlic flavor was a focal point. My dislike of this comes down to taste preferences not a failing of the recipe.

    • anya_sf on August 30, 2018

      A delicious dressing. I wonder if the cream could be infused with garlic a day ahead - just for 2 hours, then remove the garlic and leave the cream in the refrigerator for the next day. Next time I will try that.

    • Nlynn on June 11, 2018

      So light and lovely. I will be making this often. Just remember it needs to be started 2 hours prior to service!

  • Agrodolce ramps on grilled bread

    • TrishaCP on May 20, 2020

      This is such a great dish and a nice way to use ramps. I thought the whipped ricotta was beautiful here. I went heavy on the red pepper flakes, and we liked it that way.

    • VineTomato on June 04, 2017

      A very pleasant lunch. Substituted spring onions, garlic and leeks for the ramps. I grilled the spring onion on a griddle. Fried the leeks, garlic and chilli flakes in a little olive oil. I also chopped up the green tops of spring onion and added at the end. The whipped ricotta was a bit loose and would have preferred more flavour, maybe a dash of lemon juice.

    • jdjd99 on April 21, 2020

      I could eat this everyday. We don't get ramps here, so I made it with spring onions and used balsamic vinegar since it was the best quality vinegar I had. My husband and I nearly licked the plates.

  • Celery, apple, and peanut salad

    • nicolepellegrini on June 04, 2020

      I've never been a huge fan of raw celery...this recipe didn't really change my mind. Still the apples were very tasty in the light dressing and my husband commented that he liked the crunch and flavor the peanuts added. Not sure I'd rush to make it again as is, though I might try a variation with fennel or jicama instead of celery. (OK, update a day later - the leftover salad was actually much tastier the day after, once it had marinated in the olive oil and lemon and chilled overnight. Still retained crunch, too. So I upped my rating/opinion of this a bit, I just wouldn't eat it right after making it.)

    • clkandel on January 08, 2021

      This salad comes together in no time. Flavors are great - fresh and light.

    • clcorbi on October 09, 2017

      Very easy to throw together, and the result is nice and crunchy and fresh-tasting. I used a poblano chile and didn't think it added much--I'd probably omit next time. The celery/apple combo was very nice though.

    • Totallywired on July 10, 2019

      Fantastic salad, goes with anything, easy to pull together.

    • jenburkholder on November 25, 2022

      Agree this is fresh, light, and tasty. Very friendly flavors and a good counterpoint to other rich Thanksgiving foods.

  • California smashed new potatoes

    • nicolepellegrini on August 05, 2020

      I liked this variation MUCH better than the basic smashed potatoes recipe in this book. The avocado adds a touch of creaminess that was greatly needed.

  • "Chinese" beef and broccoli

    • nicolepellegrini on July 21, 2020

      I agree with clcorbi that it's really a misnomer to call it "Chinese" beef and broccoli, even with the airquotes in the title. The flavor is a bit more Sicilian if anything, with the raisins, vinegar, capers and anchovies. And while I enjoyed the first few mouthfuls, by the time I was getting close to finishing my plate it was getting to be a bit...too strong, both too sweet and a little too sour. Ribeye is such a great steak that it almost seems wrong to "hide" it under such a strongly flavored dressing, so I'm not sure I'd rush to repeat this one.

    • bernalgirl on September 01, 2020

      Very well-written and well-conceived recipe, although I agree that putting Chinese in the name is confusing and unhelpful. Flavorful, easy to put together, a great summer meal, that vinaigrette is a power player.

    • clcorbi on August 01, 2017

      This was just okay to me. The flavor wasn't really "Chinese" enough to merit the name; it was actually sort of jarring how NOT Chinese the raisin vinaigrette tasted against the beef and broccoli. I felt like the combination just didn't go together. Of course, this is totally personal preference; my boyfriend liked the flavor of this dish a bit more than I did. I just wouldn't repeat it when I could make an actual Chinese stirfry. I will note that I decreased the amount of breadcrumbs to a little under 1/2c, and found that to be more than enough. I'm not really sure what function the breadcrumbs serve here, to begin with. They lose their crunch shortly after serving anyway. You could probably omit them entirely.

    • lenode on January 11, 2024

      I usually keep my reviews private (rambler and super into minutiae), but felt the need to chime in when I stumbled across this one, as it's one of my go-to fancy/splurge yet very easy meals. The author indicates in the recipe intro that there is nothing "Chinese" about the dish (apart from the two main ingredients) and there is literally nothing to indicate that it would go in that direction. The prior commenter who referenced Sicilian nailed it. Adjust the amount of dressing to your desired level so your palate doesn't get tired and save the leftover dressing for literally whatever else - it is a workhorse with various cruciferous veg. And the toasted breadcrumbs add amazing texture, just don't add them until you're about to eat the dish.

    • anya_sf on August 23, 2018

      Simple and delicious. Since the broccoli stems are sliced so thinly, I cut the florets very small as well, so the total cooking time was shorter than stated. I was skeptical about the vinaigrette (especially the raisins), but it was really good. I served this over farro. The breadcrumbs didn't add much. To me, this wasn't remotely "Chinese", but my family really liked it.

    • purrviciouz on July 20, 2018

      This isn't Chinese beef and broccoli. The only similarity it has to that dish are the 2 main ingredients. I loved this and can't wait to make it again. Rib eye is a rare treat for me (heh heh). His description of how to cook the steak was spot on and helpful since I don't have a ton of experience cooking meat and it turned out ideal for me. I toasted my breadcrumbs and they added a nice texture. I've tried a couple of his other recipes where the breadcrumbs weren't toasted and they became kinda soggy so I prefer toasted.

    • Nlynn on June 08, 2018

      Tasty and simple. Used regular rib eye (not aged). Great way to make steak and broccoli. Could use any vinaigrette to finish this. I did not use bread crumbs since I did not think they would make an impact here.

  • Raw "couscous" cauliflower with almonds, dried cherries, and sumac

    • nicolepellegrini on April 27, 2023

      Very good - better than I expected and I'd say actually better the second day after the spices and seasoning had a chance to settle into the cauliflower.

    • mamacrumbcake on August 04, 2019

      This was a very nice salad. Though it was not difficult, it does take a little planning (soaking the scallions and cherries and roasting the almonds). The flavor had a good balance of sweet, tart, nutty, with a bit of heat. Do taste and adjust seasonings as instructed at the end of the recipe, so that the cauliflower is highly seasoned and well balanced.

    • purrviciouz on September 07, 2019

      My husband and I both loved this and we were thinking of variations we could make in the future. I added about 1 cup of chickpeas and some baked chicken breast and we had six filling meals out of it. As mamacrumbcake recommended, taste and adjust seasonings and then I would recommend tasting and adjusting again for leftovers.

  • Grilled asparagus with fava beans and walnuts

    • nicolepellegrini on June 12, 2020

      This was quite good. I could have just sat down and ate the favas, breadcrumbs, walnut and cheese "salsa" on its own (glad I have a good cup's worth leftover). Very similar in ingredients and flavor to the raw asparagus salad from this cookbook. I actually found a drizzle of balsamic when serving added a touch of sweetness and moisture the dish was calling out for.

    • Hansyhobs on June 14, 2022

      The topping was super easy and really delicious

  • Spiced green sauce

    • nicolepellegrini on February 08, 2021

      This is a delicious sauce I can see using in many ways. Not too hot (I did adjust down the amount of green chiles for my husband) but the toasted spices give it a unique taste.

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 09, 2023

      This is a good version of zhoug. I did use ground spices instead of whole and then toasted them using the microwave. I've tried grinding coriander before with my small blade grinder and it's impossible to get the pieces small enough to disappear into the sauce. I also used less cumin and omitted the cloves for our preference. The recipe has you remove all the seeds and membrane and it had no heat at all for us, so I ended up adding a bunch of cayenne pepper. Next time, I'd leave in at least half of the seeds.

  • Caper-raisin vinaigrette

    • nicolepellegrini on August 14, 2020

      This is a very unusual but surprisingly tasty vinaigrette. I liked it better on the turnips in this cookbook than the beef and broccoli, but found it also went well with a roasted pork loin. Basically an interesting sauce to play around with; you may find some surprisingly good combinations!

    • meginyeg on September 16, 2022

      We liked this. Had it on squash first then green beans.

    • anya_sf on August 23, 2018

      The ingredients seemed weird, but I'm glad I tried it. It was great with the beef and broccoli. The raisins weren't really noticeable, even though they mostly stayed whole or in chunks. I made it a few days ahead.

    • patioweather on July 29, 2019

      Next time I make it, I will reduce the amount of anchovies. It tasted more like fish than the sweet and sour that he describes.

  • Cold brine wax beans

    • nicolepellegrini on July 24, 2021

      Loved these SO MUCH! I just wanted to sit with the jar and eat them all. Husband loved them, too.

  • Roasted mushrooms, gremolata-style

    • nicolepellegrini on September 19, 2020

      Made with portobellos and threw in some dried porcini mushrooms I reconstituted for extra flavor. This was good, but I feel like I'm getting a little tired of the very repetitive seasoning/style of recipes in this book (the combo of garlic/breadcrumbs/parsley/lemon/capers). So many are basically the same thing here with maybe one different ingredient different based on the spotlight vegetable. Have some leftovers I may throw in a quesadilla or some scrambled eggs.

    • southerncooker on March 27, 2018

      I used a mix of wild, baby bella, and a few white. Forgot to add the parsley. I used Panko for the breadcrumbs. I then used one of the suggested ways - make an Instant stroganoff using a rib-eye, sour cream instead of creme fraiche, and a little beef broth. I stirred the stroganoff into the buttered noodles. Son declared delicious and I agreed. Hubs liked too.

    • bernalgirl on July 05, 2023

      While I prefer to cook mushrooms in a dry cast iron pan till they release their juices and then add olive oil, salt and pepper, this gremolata treatment can’t be beat. I’ll return to this with both good wild mushrooms and cremini or button mushrooms.

    • meggan on November 20, 2017

      Loved these - made with baby Bellas and shitakes but I imagine it would be great with any variety.

    • EmilyR on January 11, 2018

      Very good and I don’t even like mushrooms. Made with hen of the wood, trumpet royals, alba clamshell and brown clamshells / chef’s mix. Lemon comes through nicely.

    • Barb_N on September 18, 2019

      I stole the beginnings of this recipe but tucked the roasted, un-gremolata-ed mushrooms in quesadillas. I thought I had made a double batch but they shrink so much with cooking. Looking forward to the full treatment with some wild mushrooms in the mix.

    • Lepa on March 11, 2018

      These were very good. The lemon added a lovely flavor to the mushrooms.

    • clcorbi on November 03, 2017

      5/5 stars. This is such a fast, flavorful mushroom preparation! I was out of bread crumbs and I skipped the lemon zest due to personal preference; otherwise, I followed the recipe as written. Next time I'll be sure to add the bread crumbs because I think some crunch would have been really nice. I could definitely see making these again as an easy winter side dish, and I think they'd also be good tossed with pasta or on toast.

    • mariarita on November 19, 2022

      This was a flop. The dressing didn’t meld with the mushrooms and the raw garlic in it created hot spots and was just overpowering.

  • Mashed celery root with garlic and thyme

    • nicolepellegrini on August 16, 2020

      I made the variation combining the celery root with other root vegetables (I used red skinned potatoes). It was...ok, flavor-wise, but cooking in the milk meant the milk curdles and that's just not very appealing visually.

    • joeljkp on January 18, 2022

      Very easy, very tasty. Made as written, just celery root, using the food processor. We wondered if in the future we might not like doing it mashed better, rather than pureed. This is probably my go-to recipe for a single-vegetable celery root dish.

  • Parsnips with citrus and olives

    • nicolepellegrini on January 21, 2021

      We liked this quite a bit - actually my husband seemed especially surprised and delighted by it. Similar to a classic Italian fennel, orange and olive salad but using parsnips instead, which was a nice change of pace. Would definitely make again and it's a great winter salad for a change of pace.

    • john628556 on November 30, 2021

      Disappointing. The parsnips overwhelm the other ingredients (and are rather tasteless), and the various parts of the dish don't cohere. The recipe is also poorly written: for example, we're told "don't peel" the parsnips, then "start peeling the thicker end first." And the recipe calls for ¼ cup vinegar, but the instructions call for using only half of it. How should the other half be used, if at all?

  • Roasted turnips with caper-raisin vinaigrette and breadcrumbs

    • nicolepellegrini on August 14, 2020

      Enjoyed this quite a bit. I already like turnips and this was a nice way to prepare some big ones to liven them up. The cook time was just right, and the caper-raisin vinaigrette was addictively tasty. A nice side dish to serve with an oven-roasted pork loin (I ended up using some of the vinaigrette on the pork as well!)

  • Pumpkin Bolognese

    • nicolepellegrini on May 23, 2020

      First recipe I've made from this book, I was really intrigued because I usually love pumpkin/squash sauces for pasta. But like the other reviewers I found it a bit underwhelming. Needed a ton of seasoning and just seemed to be lacking that something I expect from a tomato-and-meat bolognese. One thing I'd note: I used a kabocha squash that was so dry after roasting I had to add a little water to even puree it properly. So I skipped the step of "reducing" the pumpkin because there was really no moisture to pull out of the roasted pumpkin meat (and I didn't want to burn it).

    • jacqie on January 19, 2021

      The carrot and lamb ragu in this book is much better. The eggplant and lamb stew is also worth making. This needed something- herbs, spices, something.

    • e_ballad on February 15, 2020

      Very good, but my family still prefer a tomato-based Bolognaise.

    • metacritic on December 31, 2021

      Unlike other reviewers, I found this recipe to be excellent. Seasoning matters enormously. Directions indicate to use pepper liberally. I layered it and applied it at most steps in the cooking process until it built toward a gradual heat and deep flavor. One more note: the recipe claims to feed four. Using the rule of two cups sauce for one lb pasta, I think this recipe really makes enough sauce for about 3 lbs pasta, or 12 people if served all at once. I preferred this version to Marcella Hazan's classic version, even if there are tomato versions I'll continue to make happily. It is much, much faster to completion, too, compared to any other version of this dish that I know.

    • clcorbi on December 12, 2017

      Very nice, mild sauce that definitely does need plenty of salt, pepper, and cheese to make it shine. I cheated a little and used 2 cans of butternut squash puree rather than roasting and blending my own squash. I also added a bit of ground sage to the veggies as they sauteed. The rest of the recipe I followed as written. This was nice, although not as phenomenal as the lamb ragu from the same book. I probably won't make it again, just since it wasn't my favorite meat sauce I've ever made and it did take a while.

  • Rainbow chard with garlic and jalapeños

    • nicolepellegrini on October 04, 2020

      I liked this more than I thought I would! I also took out the garlic early to avoid burning it, then added it back in before letting the ingredients blend together for a few hours (which definitely helped it mellow out/merge together so not too sharp.) I also served the greens in a bowl separate from the bread, to top as desired and keep the bread from getting soggy.

    • Rradishes on November 30, 2017

      As most recipies in this book, simple yet results are great. Highlights the vegetable but the vinegar, garlic, and jalapeno makes you reach for one after another. I did take out the garlic once it was golden as to not to burn it, otherwise this is a recipe that's easy to follow, remember, and customize to one's tastes.

    • snoozermoose on June 13, 2022

      This was delicious and very easy. I served it as a side dish, but didn't realize how little it would make (a small bunch of rainbow chard turned into very little at the end). I didn't have bread but imagine it would be heavenly if I had made it as the recipe intended. Will definitely make this again.

  • Shaved collard greens with cashews and pickled peppers

    • nicolepellegrini on February 15, 2021

      6 tablespoons of cashew butter is WAY too much for this amount of greens - I did no more than 2, at best, and still felt it was too much. An interesting idea with good flavors but do adjust the dressing ingredients - if I made as described I couldn't imagine eating that kind of heavy, oily, cashew-buttery-mess. (Update to add: I liked the leftovers better the next day as the greens had softened up a bit, but even the 2 tablespoons of cashew butter I used was too much/too rich for me.)

  • Southern chicken and sausage stew

    • nicolepellegrini on August 03, 2020

      Pretty good. The beans were cooked perfectly using the method in this book (I prepared from dried). Just felt like it could use a little extra *something* for a bit more flavor...maybe some carrots or other root vegetables, or some stock instead of just water?

  • Raw Brussels sprouts with lemon, anchovy, walnuts, and pecorino

    • nicolepellegrini on June 21, 2020

      This was tasty, though nearly identical (except for the anchovies) to the raw asparagus salad in this cookbook, and also the fava bean "dressing" for grilled asparagus. Authors really do love that nut/cheese/lemon/olive oil dressing for raw veggies! Needs generous seasoning, as others have pointed out, but does make a nice "slaw"-type salad or side with Brussels sprouts.

    • Lepa on March 04, 2018

      This is good. Make sure to add plenty of salt, pepper, cheese and olive oil. At first we thought it was a bit bland but after adding more of everything, it was very good.

    • saarwouters on January 07, 2019

      My new favourite side dish, so good!! Even the kids "didn't hate it". We did season generously and used very good olive oil.

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    • jenniebakes on December 28, 2017

      This is a really delicious salad and actually holds up well as leftovers, oddly - the sprouts didn't get soggy and the flavors melded and became even more delicious.

  • Grated carrot salad with grilled scallions, walnuts, and burrata

    • nicolepellegrini on December 15, 2022

      Nice winter salad on a night I had limited fresh veggies left in the fridge.

    • southerncooker on March 24, 2018

      Made a half recipe. Couldn't find burrata so used fresh mozzarella. Used rainbow carrots. Good salad.

    • clkandel on November 02, 2019

      Great fresh taste.

  • Rigatoni with broccoli and sausage

    • Astrid5555 on January 22, 2021

      Instant family winner, so good. Loved the fact that this recipe also uses the broccoli stalks. Will definitely repeat!

    • bernalgirl on September 01, 2020

      This is a perfectly creamy and savory pasta dinner that comes together quickly. The sausage and broccoli are a natural that is improved by his cooking method, creating crispy bits throughout, and the whipped ricotta is worth the five minutes for the wonderfully creamy sauce it contributes to the finished dish. I used cavatappi in a nod to the classic orecchiette dish, and my family loved this.

    • sberes on October 01, 2018

      So good but I added too much salt to the noodles. Also would rather eat fresh, did not rewarm well. I bought ground Italian sausage not in casing .

    • Rinshin on September 29, 2021

      We liked this very much. Like allisonsemele, made it with half pound Italian sausage instead of full pound and it was the right portion for us. Made with paccheri pasta because we like its texture and how it absorbs the flavor. Cooking broccoli to right doneness is important to this recipe to prevent mushiness in the sauce and 3 min boiling with pasta worked perfectly for me. Interesting idea making ricotta into ricotta cream. I made half cup portion needed for this recipe instead of 1 1/2 cup. Repeat recipe for me when I am looking for a simple quick pasta with high proportion of vegetable. Photo added.

    • Barb_N on February 18, 2021

      I feel like I’ve made other iterations of this. I subbed penne for rigatoni and chèvre for ricotta. I liked the goaty addition to the flavor profile. I added wild mushrooms that needed using; they added a nice dimension. Placing the sliced garlic in olive oil before it hits the heat seemed to save it from burning, an all too common fate in my kitchen. I used pre cooked chicken sausage for expedience but I know it would be better with bulk (pork) sausage. Definitely will be a repeat.

    • Lepa on June 29, 2021

      This was good but not as great as I hoped. I expected it to be creamier or for there to be more of a sauce. That said, we liked it and I anticipate making this again.

    • puddlemere on January 22, 2019

      I agree this was nothing earth-shattering, but a classic combination and still quite good. I didn't bother making the sausage into patties. Love the whipped ricotta, and he says the dried breadcrumbs are optional, but I highly recommend them for the extra crunch and toasty flavor.

    • clcorbi on October 11, 2017

      Made for dinner last night--this was good, but not quite as good as I was expecting. I liked the idea of crisping the sausage patties and then breaking them apart, but in practice, once the broccoli rounds and garlic were added, the sausage stopped crisping because the pan got crowded. The sausage also didn't get cooked all the way through in the amount of time specified, which was fine--I just broke the patties apart and cooked them for longer, but I felt that the point of the technique was kind of defeated. As with the ragu recipe I made from this book, the amount of dry pasta called for didn't seem to be enough for the amount of sauce produced. I think .75lb of dry rigatoni would have been a better pasta/sauce ratio. Anyway, the finished dish was very tasty, and certainly weeknight friendly--it just wasn't anything earth-shattering.

    • C_Richardson on October 13, 2020

      Hands-down, one of our family favorites! It's not the most creative recipe in the world but it's hearty and delicious. I have a lot of picky eaters in my extended family and this is a winner. I love it because it's simple, fresh, and can be whipped up quickly. It also uses ALL of the broccoli - no waste here!

    • pattyatbryce on September 05, 2019

      Super easy and a great riff on the usual. However, it is a flavor bomb vs other recipes I've had that were weak imitations. Make this, eat this, and prove me wrong.

    • Hansyhobs on March 03, 2022

      Really tasty

    • Ileana on June 22, 2021

      Agree with others who say this is a familiar kind of dish, but following this recipe really makes an outstanding version of this pasta. The crunchy bits from the crumbled sausage patties are just *chef's kiss*. Didn't have ricotta so I made the whipped feta from page 37 and did a 1:1 sub. Will repeat.

    • allisonsemele on July 01, 2021

      I thought this was absolutely delicious. Made some modifications based on what I had on hand: large head of broccoli (didn’t weigh it), a bit less than half a pound of Italian sausage, regular ricotta (used a bit extra), and 2/3 lb rigatoni. I really liked if this way, and would repeat these modifications. The full amount of sausage would have been too heavy for me, I think. This version tasted rich without being heavy. There are a lot of textures here, especially with the optional breadcrumbs.

    • KillaBee2k5 on March 14, 2022

      Very good recipe as is. The whipped ricotta by itself is pretty amazing stuff that can have many uses!

    • fbcd on July 20, 2022

      2022-07-19 Made a 1/4 recipe but forgot the breadcrumbs, which was too bad. The texture might have lifted this. It made almost 2 servings and was tasty. Fine for a simple mid week supper, but not that special.

  • Roasted fennel with apples, Taleggio cheese, and almonds

    • Astrid5555 on December 31, 2022

      I would have never found this recipe if it weren’t for my Stained Page News subscription where this recipe was in the author’s list of “11 cookbook recipes I make again and again” and mentioned as the best gratin of all time. And I do agree, highly recommended!

    • Lsblackburn1 on November 23, 2018

      Despite being from the early summer chapter, this made a perfect thanksgiving sidedish. Delicious!

  • Roasted eggplant spread

    • Astrid5555 on August 14, 2017

      Delicious! Made with eggplants roasted in our wood-fired pizza oven. So good and very quick to make. A keeper!

    • clkandel on August 14, 2020

      This makes such a creamy spread. I suggest starting with less fish sauce than called for and adding more if needed.

    • Rradishes on December 11, 2017

      This was good and simple. I did have to up the vinegar quite a bit to get the dip more flavorful. It's tasty on a piece of good bread, but personally I still prefer the lemon+parsley+garlic combo for eggplant dips like in babaganoush.

  • Braised beef with lots and lots of onions

    • Astrid5555 on January 20, 2018

      Excellent, only effort includes thinly slicing the onions! Whole family loved it.

    • sberes on September 16, 2018

      This was absolutely amazing!! Food processor slicing blade on two for the onions. increase onions to three pounds maybe and double the butter and seasonings for them would be the only change I would try. I would love more onions. 8/24/18.

    • khopkins1012 on January 03, 2019

      Cried all my eye makeup off while cutting the onions but it was worth that effort. I made this for Christmas dinner and served with spicy cornbread stuffing. Honestly the most difficult step was cutting the onions, which is not hard. The white wine shines through.

    • Lsblackburn1 on April 05, 2020

      I used sweet onions so they wouldn’t make my eyes hurt. Not sure if that was a good call for flavor, but this still managed to be delicious. Only sad thing was I had no nice crusty bread to serve it with. Will make awesome sandwiches for the next few days.

    • ripleypickles on December 09, 2021

      Delicious. Recipe should note that a lot of seasoning must be done at the end. We added probably half a cup of soy and Worcestershire, but overall, really good, especially for French dip or Italian beef sandwiches.

    • jgreenheck on January 17, 2022

      Nice alternative to my standard pot roast. I’ll put this one in the Sunday Supper rotation. And the leftovers will be delicious.

    • Apepin on January 18, 2021

      This is a good, simple pot roast.

  • Celery salad with dates, almonds, and Parmigiano

    • eliza on January 16, 2024

      I really loved this simple salad. I subbed prunes for the dates which worked fine. Easy way to eat a substantial amount of celery.

    • Yildiz100 on September 25, 2017

      So good. The dates and almonds go together wonderfully and the celery keeps your palate constantly refreshed so you can appreciate them. Not sure if it really needs the parm though. I may try without. Also calls for more lemon and olive oil than necessary-add to taste.

    • clkandel on June 14, 2022

      The ingredients were so intriguing and I'm so glad I made this. Simple to put together and a wonderful combination of flavors.

    • bching on November 26, 2018

      I agree with Mme Fleiss: the bites with dates are the best. Alas, the rest of the bites are the worst. This was not popular around our dinner table . All close friends--and honest opinions were mostly thumbs down.

    • ldtrieb on March 09, 2019

      I loved this salad. As others have said, the date bites are best so when I made this a second time, I mashed the dates with the lemon juice for more even distribution.

    • MmeFleiss on September 21, 2017

      We found this odd, but quite tasty. The bites with dates were my favorite.

    • et12 on June 03, 2023

      As others have said, this was a nice change to the usual salad. A great range of textures and flavours. I would definitely add more dates next time and maybe even some walnuts for some bitterness.

    • stacymarkow on April 11, 2020

      I love celery, so this salad was a big hit with me. Bites with dates are the best, you can easily double them in it so they're better distributed.

    • ellwell on February 23, 2023

      This was a great change from a lettuce salad. Will make again.

  • Smashed broccoli and potatoes with Parmigiano and lemon

    • eliza on July 20, 2023

      This was a delicious way to cook up broccoli and potatoes from the garden. I had lime juice instead of lemon which worked well. Very easy to make, will definitely repeat.

    • mamacrumbcake on July 28, 2019

      Very nice, easy, and flavorful spin on mashed potatoes. My lemon yielded 2 tablespoons of juice. I think the dish would have been even better with more lemon, so I’ll use a bigger lemon next time.

    • meginyeg on May 08, 2023

      I really enjoyed this. The lemon is perfect for the combination of flavours.

    • Hansyhobs on January 18, 2022

      Very nice, the lemon is a great addition.

    • dgiles on April 01, 2022

      This dish is deceptively delicious. The lemon juice made the dish, along with the drizzle of olive oil. I would make this again and again. Reheats great, too.

  • Onion bread soup with sausage

    • southerncooker on March 24, 2018

      Made 1/2 recipe. Used beef broth and mix of red and yellow onions. Couldn't find horseradish root so used a bit of jarred horseradish. Perfect for a cold rainy/sleet mix kind of night.

    • leilx on February 11, 2021

      Very good. Used mix of red and yellow onions and beef broth. I did use the sausage but I don’t think it needed it. Personally I didn’t love the cheese and will eat the rest without it. Didn’t use any horseradish.

  • Pasta carbonara with English peas

    • bernalgirl on February 12, 2022

      Easy and delicious, I added generous grinds of pepper in the final stages of cooking the pancetta so it toasted a bit, and then to finish, and also added Aleppo pepper. My whole family loved it, I’ll be making this again.

    • Tweedles81 on March 06, 2019

      This was a good recipe. It was very quick and easy to make - ideal for a weeknight! I used whole wheat spaghetti and ended up seasoning it with a lot more salt and pepper and cheese. I also added Aleppo pepper. The final flavors were subtle but addictive. I might make this again if I find myself with a lot of peas on hand.

    • sharone7 on June 17, 2021

      This was pretty easy but I'd say it makes more than two servings (maybe even up to four?). It benefits from lots of freshly ground pepper.

  • Carrots, dates, and olives with crème fraîche and frico

    • bernalgirl on September 25, 2020

      Prep everything while the carrots are cooking and this makes a quick lunch or a great side salad, so many good flavors and textures, and the juxtaposition of olives, dates, carrots and chiles is fantastic. I substituted slivered red cabbage and toasted almonds to provide some crunch and heft in place of the frico, and added a handful of chopped mint and urfa biber pepper-- this feels like a very adaptable recipe as long as the mix of flavors and textures is maintained.

  • Steamed cabbage with lemon, butter, and thyme

    • bernalgirl on August 21, 2023

      The odd miss from one of my favorite cookbooks. My small Savoy cabbages took almost twice the time to cook, and where I hoped the simplicity of the thyme butter would bring out the flavor of the cabbage, the result was pretty boring.

    • patioweather on January 03, 2019

      If you've read the ingredient list, you're not in for any surprises. Worth making; you make it once and ever after you'll be able to whip it up on a weeknight without consulting the recipe.

  • Turnip, leek, and potato soup

    • bernalgirl on February 19, 2021

      Great texture as a chunky soup but lacked depth and flavor, consider using vegetable or chicken broth, add a jot of fish sauce or miso for umami, and finish with something acidic like sherry vinegar

    • meginyeg on August 15, 2023

      This was delicious. I topped it with butter and lots of black pepper. Simple but delicious way to use up turnip harvest.

    • patioweather on April 29, 2020

      Even chopped up, the turnip and rutabagas (which I mixed together for the turnips) were less soft than I would like after 30 minutes. One of the more disappointing recipes in the book.

    • kaityblueeyes on November 04, 2022

      I thought this had a lot of flavor! My turnips were beautiful and spicy from the farmers market. The butter enrichment was nice. Cost meal to up the veggie intake !

  • Freekeh, mushrooms, turnips, almonds

    • bernalgirl on June 29, 2023

      This makes a wonderful lunch or light dinner, delivering the combination of flavors and textures I’ve come to expect from this cookbook. I had beautiful pink and golden oyster mushrooms, which I pan-seared till they released their liquid, then added olive oil, ground pepper and salt, and tiny Tokyo turnips, which I sliced on a mandolin. . I agree that the full amount of turnips would overwhelm the other ingredients, so I probably used 2/3 of what was called for. I also used course bulgur, which I had made as my grain-of-the-week, and his brined and roasted almonds, which are now a pantry staple. All in all a brilliant recipe.

    • clcorbi on February 15, 2018

      Really delicious winter grain bowl. I halved the amount of turnips and found that amount to be more than enough--you really need to shave them into thin slices to get the texture right, and if you do that to a whole pound of turnips, your grain bowl will be almost all turnip. Anyway, I found the crispy roasted mushrooms and pickled onions to be the stars of the show, not the raw turnip. I would definitely make this again and the leftovers only got better for lunch.

  • Perfect shell beans

    • bernalgirl on September 20, 2022

      Truly perfect cooking instructions for fresh shell beans. Mine were done in about 40 minutes

    • patioweather on August 04, 2020

      These were perfect as described.

    • jenburkholder on August 04, 2020

      Delicious, simple preparation of fresh shell beans.

  • Roasted beet, citrus, and olive salad with horseradish

    • SugarTreeBaking on November 10, 2021

      I couldn’t achieve the flavor pop I had hoped for with this dish. The grated horseradish provided a needed zing, but not enough. Meh.

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 02, 2023

      I also felt this needed something else. My horseradish wasn't quite as sharp as I was hoping for. I added a bit extra tangerine sections, some lime vinaigrette I had left over, and some cayenne. Then it worked well for me. I enjoyed it with the changes and would do so again.... some extra vinegar or vinaigrette, sweetness & heat.

    • Lsblackburn1 on December 25, 2019

      The horseradish did elevate this, but I still was kind of underwhelmed by it. Wanted it to be more tangy.

  • Braised eggplant and lamb with yogurt and spiced green sauce

    • jacqie on January 19, 2021

      takes about 2 hours. Easy once it's started.

  • Roasted and smashed beets with spiced green sauce

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 09, 2023

      I ate this at lunch as a cold salad and really enjoyed it. I don't think I would have thought to add zhoug to beets, but it works well.

  • Celery gratin

    • jenmacgregor18 on July 13, 2018

      I never have used celery as the main ingredient. It's just something I always have in the crisper drawer to add a bit to other recipes. This is succulent & delicious way to treat it. I can see me making this again and again.

  • Braised celery and radicchio salad with perfect roast chicken

    • jenmacgregor18 on July 13, 2018

      I second bwhip's thumbs up. I did cheat and used a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken from Wegmans. But I did so knowing it is really good & there's quite a bit of jus included. This is excellent. I used the celery gratin instead of just braised celery; but I'm sure it's fantastic either way.

    • khopkins1012 on January 06, 2020

      I didn’t make the salad but followed the directions for the roast chicken over lemon slices. It tasted good and the suggested cooking times worked for me.

    • bwhip on June 11, 2017

      This was really delicious! Lovely combination of flavors and textures, with delicious lemon/thyme/rosemary roast chicken, and a radicchio salad with braised celery and homemade torn croutons, dressed with lemon juice and the au jus from the roast chicken. Not the simplest prep, but well worth it.

    • Hansyhobs on March 12, 2023

      Delicious and easy recipe. I roasted the chicken using my usual method but made the salad as described (although I used some breadcrumbs I had made instead of croutons and tbh I don't think you NEED the crutons when you're having roast chicken anyway

  • Little gems with lemon cream, spring onion, radish, and mint

    • aeader on May 09, 2021

      We loved this salad and will definitely repeat. Very refreshing and the flavors were great together. Left out the sunflower seeds and breadcrumbs because I didn't have them but look forward to trying the salad again with them. Note that the lemon cream has to be started 2 hours ahead so that the garlic can steep in the cream.

    • ksg518 on May 02, 2019

      What a wonderful spring salad! We made it as written except using small croutons instead of the bread crumbs and we used pumpkin seeds instead of the sunflower seeds (which worked out fine). I especially loved the addition of the mint and the use of the lemon cream dressing.

    • mharriman on May 20, 2021

      I agree with the reviewers who thought this was a great salad. I substituted the citrus vinaigrette (recipe on same page) for the lemon cream, so my review is based on that. This is really a simple salad. The most time consuming part is thinly slicing the radishes and scallions and soaking them in ice water for 20 minutes. The sunflower seeds sprinkled on top adds a nice subtle crunch and nuttiness to the greens and vegetables.

    • Lepa on May 23, 2020

      We didn't love this but I think I messed up the lemon cream dressing, which tasted watery, so I may try again on another occasion.

    • meginyeg on July 04, 2022

      We loved this. I didn't have mint and left out the bread crumbs. But the lemon cream was lovely.

    • sosayi on April 24, 2019

      Delicious salad! It was the only thing that was completely gone at Easter dinner. We used a basic baby romaine (not Little gem variety) and that worked well. The lemon cream was surprisingly delicious (note: I did need to add extra lemon juice for our tastes). I doubled the salad and used the full amount of the separate Lemon Cream dressing recipe. I used one bunch of scallions for the doubled salad and that was perfect, for us, too. I enjoyed the breadcrumbs, as the radish added enough “large” crunch on its own.

    • anya_sf on August 30, 2018

      The lemon cream was outstanding with the little gem lettuce. Bibb or butter lettuce would also be good. I only used 2 scallions, and still found the raw onion flavor to be a bit strong, even after soaking, but I'm sensitive to that. I omitted the radishes (couldn't find any at the farmers' market). The mint was nice, and the sunflower seeds were a delicious addition. I think small croutons would work better than the dried breadcrumbs.

    • jimandtammyfaye on April 10, 2023

      Delicious salad and dressing. Made dressing a couple hours ahead of time and it worked well. Left out mint and breadcrumbs. Little gems lettuce was not available so substituted butter leaf lettuce. Definite repeat.

  • Roasted beets and carrots with couscous, sunflower seeds, citrus, and feta

    • meggan on October 03, 2018

      Tasty! I forgot the sunflower seeds (or rather I couldn't find them) and it was still fine. I should have rinsed the couscous after I cooked it as it was a little starchy.

    • clkandel on November 22, 2021

      A great side. Love that it can be made in advance and served at room temp.

    • puddlemere on January 30, 2019

      Very good. I skipped roasting the onion and instead sauteed some diced shallot and the garlic a little before adding the couscous to cook. The vinaigrette was delicious--I didn't have any oranges so I only used lemon and lime.

  • Brussels sprouts with pickled carrots, walnuts, cilantro, and citrus vinaigrette

    • meggan on November 27, 2017

      This was good but I tried to triple the recipe for Thanksgiving and, alas, the sprouts were mushy and smelled farty.

    • Totallywired on January 28, 2019

      Impeccable balance, good crunch, easy method. A winner.

    • allisonsemele on February 05, 2021

      Bright and tasty! Served some shrimp alongside and that worked well.

  • Carrot pie in a pecan crust

    • meggan on November 27, 2017

      My 3 year old requested "carrot pie" for Thanksgiving and I told her she was crazy and then stumbled on this recipe through EYB. The crust needed work but the filling was great - it was similar to a sweet potato pie. The crust was difficult to roll out and so I smooshed it into the plate as if it were a cookie crust which made it too thick and hard. True to toddler form, my daughter wouldn't even taste it.

  • Rutabaga with maple syrup, black pepper, and rosemary

    • Yildiz100 on September 28, 2017

      I started with a bit more than half the amount of rutabaga (612 grams) and I needed to take off a pretty thick outer layer since they were a bit old, so I halved the other ingredients. I thought the vinegar was going to be overpowering but it actually absorbed very well after a minute and didn't taste too tart at all. The maple and rosemary were very nice too. I tried half with and half without black pepper and I thought that without was much tastier with a clearer taste of maple and rosemary. A pretty tasty dish, but maybe not good enough to get me to start buying rutabaga regularly. I would certainly try this again next time I end up with them though.

  • Crushed and fried potatoes with crispy herbs and garlic

    • clkandel on October 16, 2020

      Potatoes come out creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Delicious! And the squeeze of lemon brightens up the whole dish.

    • Jviney on January 03, 2021

      Forgot the squeeze of lemon and I think it would be really good here...we still loved them. Easy, delicious dish.

  • Wilted kale, alone

    • clkandel on June 06, 2021

      A nice way to serve kale. I would also serve this dish hot as it was great when I tasted it while cooking. The final dish doesn't have much eye appeal, but the flavor is tasty.

    • MmeFleiss on September 21, 2017

      Tasty, although definitely better the next day. next time I would cut the kale way smaller, because keeping the pieces large as directed made it hard to eat.

  • Beans and pasta

    • clkandel on June 25, 2023

      Very easy to make and so tasty! I used Royal Corona beans - their large size and creamy center were perfect in this dish. I used canned Roma tomatoes and did add a little sugar to mellow out the tomato flavor somewhat.

    • patioweather on August 05, 2020

      This was a perfect meal for two people.

    • purrviciouz on September 02, 2021

      I used diced tomatoes instead of crushed and I enjoyed the meaty texture among the beans and pasta. Good leftovers, I kept the pasta and bean mixtures separate in the fridge the combined just before serving to prevent the pasta getting to soggy.

  • Whole-grain carta di musica

    • clkandel on August 14, 2020

      The flavor is great. Make sure to get these really thin and have the baking stone very hot to get nice crunchy flatbreads.

  • Citrus vinaigrette

    • clkandel on November 22, 2021

      Very tasty. Love the citrus elements. Made this originally for the Roasted Beets and Carrots with Couscous, but think it will also be great on a simple kale salad.

    • mharriman on May 20, 2021

      Very easy to prepare. I used my Vitamix blender to get the added emulsion. This went well with the little gems salad in the same cookbook (subbed for the lemon cream). A refreshing salad dressing that makes enough for 8-10 salad servings- depending upon amount used for each salad serving. really like that it has staying power/longevity in fridge.

    • Bassnwhaler on February 06, 2024

      Forgot the orange and it was still delicious. Used meyer lemon. Good for a quinoa bowl and a million other things.

  • Soft-cooked eggs

    • dmass on February 11, 2020

      Lovely soft boiled eggs. Works for me every time.

    • clcorbi on June 16, 2017

      These instructions produce a perfectly soft-boiled egg; set white, totally liquid yolk. I have never achieved this before! Would be perfect to drop into ramen.

  • Delicata squash "donuts" with pumpkin seeds and honey

    • infotrop on November 21, 2021

      First time I made the doughnut shapes, but this time, I cut the squash in half since I was making a large batch to bring to a party--much faster to scrape out the seeds this way. I reheated quickly. Crispy outside with a bit of gooey melted Parmesan and creamy and delicious inside. Served with chili-lime yogurt dunking sauce. A big party hit.

  • Celery root, cracked wheat, and every-fall-vegetable-you-can-find chowder

    • Rinshin on March 08, 2018

      Loved the taste of celery root puree and how it added the sweetness and body to the chowder. Although this chowder uses water, I used my own Dungeness crab shell stock and that certainly added to the overall deliciousness. Any stock would work here.

    • VineTomato on April 02, 2019

      I couldn't wait to try this soup after reading Totallywired's comment "confoundingly delicious". It started off looking promising while toasting the grains and garlic but in the end we did not enjoy this at all - far too bland.

    • Totallywired on March 20, 2019

      confoundingly delicious.

  • Dried breadcrumbs

    • VineTomato on March 25, 2019

      Looking at the previous comments, I agree - difficult to get consistent sized crumbs. I blended a bread a couple pieces at a time, but even then still got a lot of 'dust'. Nevertheless I really enjoyed them sprinkled onto my salad - super crunchy. They are stored way in a glass jar for other meals - let's see how they last.

    • ksg518 on May 02, 2019

      I'm another vote for how hard it is to get even sized crumbs. I'll stick to small croutons instead.

    • anya_sf on August 23, 2018

      I used multigrain bread as suggested and had trouble getting evenly-sized crumbs. Much of it turned to dust before the larger pieces were broken up. Perhaps it was too dry? Maybe artisanal bread works better.

    • Nlynn on June 12, 2018

      Not so easy to get "grape nut" size crumbs. It probably depends on your bread?

    • Mjmercer on April 02, 2019

      I put the crumbs and dust in a strainer over a bowl and shake it to filter out the “dust” and smaller crumbs. Then usually have to throw the “bigger than grape nut size” pieces back in the food processor for an additional short grind. Save the dust and use for coating things like schnitzels.

  • Grilled carrots, steak, and red onion with spicy fish-sauce sauce

    • VineTomato on July 03, 2017

      I was very much looking forward to this - it sounded totally delicious. Whilst it was pleasant I'm not sure I will make it again. I roasted my carrots and onions in the oven and must say I do prefer them to be tossed in some olive oil first - perhaps I should have tried them on the griddle pan. The herbs are a bit too much with the spicy fish sauce - I think I would have preferred some plain spinach leaves. It was also way too salty - I suggest leaving out step to salt herbs when adding the lime.

    • clcorbi on June 04, 2017

      Wow, is this a good salad. Five stars. If more of the recipes in this book turn out this well, I'm buying a copy for sure. I live in an apartment with nary a grill in sight, so I cooked my steak (ribeye) using Kenji Lopez-Alt's pan-searing method. I pan-fried the carrots and onions too, using a dry pan with no oil per the author's grilling suggestion. The carrots did take a while cooked like this, but the result--charred on the outside, soft throughout--was undeniably tasty. I used a mix of equal parts mint and basil for my herbs, which was a really nice combo and went great with the fish sauce sauce. We had almost no leftovers (this salad serves two, but we ate it with other dishes), but the small amount that was left tasted great the next day, making me think this would be an ideal recipe to double for lunches. Yum. Oh, and I also garnished the salad with a large amount of sesame seeds, which we enjoyed both for the appearance and flavor.

    • kaityblueeyes on June 22, 2022

      This was delicious!! Used flat iron steak and grilled on a charcoal grill. Will make again!

  • Kohlrabi with citrus, arugula, poppy seeds, and crème fraîche

    • ksg518 on May 22, 2019

      This was very good. When I first saw this I thought citrus plus kohlrabi sounded like a great idea. Plus, the picture in the book is gorgeous. I made it as written but in the future I'll probably reduce the size of the kohlrabi. McFadden asks you to cut it into pieces the size of the citrus chunks but I think a little smaller would make the recipe more fork friendly. This isn't a quick weeknight salad since you have to juice citrus to make the vinaigrette and then supreme more citrus, besides the other salad preparation but still doable if two people tackle it and you already have something to serve with it (we had leftover grilled chicken). Also, with the citrus and the crème fraiche this isn't a great choice for leftovers.

    • leilx on February 11, 2021

      I liked this. I cut the kohlrabi smaller because I tried it and it was not too tender so smaller seemed easier. I think it needs to be made with new kohlrabi and I’m not sure how to figure out if it is. These were quite small ones that I used but still pretty hard. Liked the citrus and creme fraiche and the vinaigrette

  • Roasted mushroom pasta

    • mharriman on June 06, 2019

      Delicious. I really liked the flavor of roasted mushrooms in a dab of olive oil with the pasta ingredients. Very easy recipe that I will repeat. I used cremini only and served with leftover slow cooked chuck roast in wine/ beef broth. Great pairing.

    • patioweather on December 07, 2020

      This was nice and easy but pretty simple. Not sure the roasting is a secret weapon or anything.

  • Celery root with brown butter, oranges, dates, and almonds

    • mharriman on January 30, 2019

      What an incredibly good salad! I had never tried celery root nor had I tried anything from this cookbook. The results persuade me to keep turning pages for new recipes to try. I will definitely repeat this and have made notes of amounts in the margins. Some directions are crystal clear- others are vague. How much is ‘a bunch of chives,” for example? I’d prefer a measurement, but this is not a deal breaker.

    • Holler1985 on November 23, 2020

      This salad was epic! Impressed my lunch guests

  • Gratin of Brussels sprouts, Gruyère, and prosciutto

    • MmeFleiss on September 10, 2017

      Very rich. I thought it was great, but my picky husband was not a huge fan and said he preferred just roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon.

    • clcorbi on January 17, 2018

      Agree that this is very rich. My boyfriend really loved this; me, not as much. I prefer my brussels to be aggressively crispy, and in this preparation they end up more tender (even though the cheese/bread crumbs on top are very crisp). So, I'd probably not repeat this unless he really wanted it again.

    • Tweedles81 on January 01, 2019

      I agree with all other comments - this is good if you like something rich. We prefer our Brussels sprouts simply roasted with olive oil and salt (and sometimes a sauce). This recipe overcomplicates a really simple, tasty food. We will not be making this again but I can see how people might like it.

  • Pan-roasted carrots with carrot-top salsa verde, avocado, and seared squid

    • Hannaha100 on October 07, 2020

      I made just the carrot top salsa verde. Unfortunately it didn't use as many carrot tops as I was hoping so we still have a lot to use. 1/2 cup herbs is roughly equivalent to half a 25g pack from supermarket, maybe slightly more for the parsley. I pulsed it in the food processor and would do the same again - lots of chopping! Both DH and I liked this but didn't love it. It contributed to a very good sandwich!

    • Lepa on March 11, 2018

      This was very good. I think it would be fine without the squid, which was a nice protein but didn't add much to the dish. The flavors were lovely.

    • paulabee on July 16, 2017

      excellent balance of flavors; the finished product was so vibrant! the recipe calls for "hot sauce such as sriracha;" I used harissa as it seemed like it would go well with the other flavors in the dish (parsley, mint, lemon, peperoncini, etc). Light but satisfying dinner for a hot summer night.

    • clcorbi on October 10, 2017

      I agree that the flavors are really nice and vibrant here--the carrot top pesto is really delicious. We loved the squid in this too. But I had a couple of issues with this dish. First, I think the carrots would have had a much nicer texture, and been easier to cook, if they'd just been roasted. He has several carrot recipes that involve pan-searing, and I have found it takes forever and just doesn't give as nice a result as throwing them under the broiler. I think a bit of crunch from nice, long-roasted carrots would have been welcome here. Second, there is way too much carrot pesto/olive oil/liquid in this dish compared to the proportion of carrots and squid. I have noticed this from several recipes in the book--we even decreased the olive oil by about half, and the salad was still swimming. Next time, I'd make the full amount of pesto and keep some to the side to use on another dish (like fried eggs!). With those caveats, I'd recommend making this, as it is very bright and tasty.

    • jdjd99 on May 24, 2020

      Great combination of flavors. Kids loved it too. I did not have carrot tops, but added some lettuce from the garden after the salad had cooled to room temp. Will definitely make again.

  • Sweet and hot peppers, 'nduja, and melted cheese

    • Lepa on September 05, 2021

      This dip is phenomenal- one of the best dishes I have made in this book, which is saying a lot. We ate it with foccacia, which was delicious.

  • Spicy fish-sauce sauce

    • meginyeg on July 11, 2022

      Lovely flavours. Didn't have chili so used red pepper flakes and it was still delicious.

    • clcorbi on June 04, 2017

      Very tasty. I used less chiles than called for, and I also used rice wine vinegar instead of sherry because that's what I had. This sauce has a nice balance of sweet to savory.

  • Sautéed mushrooms and mussels in cream on sliced steak

    • grindabod on January 06, 2022

      I'd had this recipe on my to-do list for quite a while before attempting it. Finally made this for my partner's birthday, and it did not disappoint. Dipping your mussels in that creamy pan sauce is enough reason alone to make you want to make this dish.

  • Sautéed corn with cream and melting cheese

    • metacritic on September 28, 2022

      A spectacular side dish. Made this with parmesan. A pure and light creamed corn. Will make again and again.

  • Raw artichoke salad with herbs, almonds, and Parmigiano

    • metacritic on April 13, 2021

      This is very, very good. I'll make again even as I found myself reflecting that I missed the depths of flavor offered by cooked artichokes. The lemon juice, almonds, and mint really made this dish sing. The artichokes almost seemed extra here rather than the star.

    • Jviney on May 01, 2018

      This was really good! I live in the middle of Illinois and will never find the kinds of artichokes (young, fresh) suggested, but it was still a hit with grocery store artichokes.

    • jdjd99 on April 11, 2020

      Both beautiful and delicious. Very herbaceous. Raw artichoke has a very subtle flavor, however the texture was nice. Would make again.

    • Ganga108 on September 05, 2022

      I used Josh's recipe as inspiration for a salad using up herbs and salad ingredients and veg from the garden. Delicious! (I cheated and used a jar of Italian artichokes).

  • Sautéed corn with fresh chiles, radishes, and pine nuts

    • clcorbi on September 01, 2017

      Very fast and easy, but flavorful side dish. I omitted the pine nuts because I didn't have any and didn't miss them--the radishes provided enough crunch to me.

  • Roasted pepper panzanella

    • sosayi on September 23, 2019

      This was great. I'd been wanting to try it (as I love a traditional panzanella, but my husband is raw tomato averse) and it definitely lived up to expectations. I had a non-spicy soppressata on hand that I used, but I'd definitely search out a bit spicier/flavorful one next time (perhaps with fennel?). Peppers needed longer to broil than the recipe called for, perhaps twice as long, but it could be because mine were huge.

    • patioweather on April 24, 2018

      I'm a pepper-skeptic, and even I really enjoyed this. There are few tricks though. REALLY roast the peppers. Our smaller ones were soft enough, but the larger ones were not. Also, when cutting the peppers and tearing the croutons, consider how much you can fit into "one bite". I will cut the peppers much smaller when making again so that I don't have pepper strips trailing off my fork.

    • Running_with_Wools on August 10, 2022

      I really loved this. I used some excellent Red Bicycle Bread, and three red peppers. My only (very minor) complaint, is that there is raw garlic in the dressing. So it kind of sticks with you. But I still loved it and will enjoy again.

  • Double-mushroom toast with bottarga

    • mjes on May 04, 2018

      I didn't have wild mushrooms but an "exotic" chef's blend of alba clamshell, trumpet royale, brown clamshell, forest nameko, velvet pioppini and maitake frondosa was a reasonable stand-in - a bit milder but . . . I was actually trying this as a way to use up some bottarga. The mushroom-bottarga flavor combination was excellent. Unfortunately, the store brand sour dough I picked up was very poor and ruined an otherwise exciting dish.

    • purrviciouz on September 29, 2020

      We got some mushrooms that we weren't quite sure what to do with so we followed this recipe and used the Parmesan substitute. It's a simple and delicious way to treat any mushroom.

  • Rigatoni and eggplant alla Norma

    • TonyInSeattle on July 31, 2017

      Delicious and easy ... easy enough for a weeknight meal. Be careful with the salt, though. I found that after salting the eggplant and the pasta water, I did not need anymore salt.

    • purrviciouz on August 13, 2018

      I wasn't in love with this although hubby loved it. The sauce was very thick and I think another pasta shape would be better here. I might add tomato paste and more pasta water to it next time.

  • Raw corn salsa

    • Lzeleny on July 22, 2018

      Made without the cheese as a topping for grilled mussels with salami or chorizo. Cheese would have been good too.

  • Half-steamed turnips with alla diavola butter

    • Tweedles81 on April 02, 2019

      This was my first time cooking turnips and I didn’t know what to expect in terms of flavor, etc. Steaming the turnips yielded a great texture and the diavola butter was a great pairing. I can see myself eating these plain or making them with numerous other butter combos in the future!

  • Fontina-stuffed arancini

    • patioweather on August 23, 2019

      I used the air fryer for 14 minutes. They didn't look as dark and fried as if they were deep-fried, but they still tasted great.

  • Wilted kale, pickled on cheese toast

    • purrviciouz on June 28, 2021

      A favorite light dinner. This dish touches all the taste senses.

  • Collards with freekeh, hazelnuts, and grapes

    • purrviciouz on September 25, 2019

      Really nice flavors for a unique Autumn salad. I used quinoa instead of freekeh because I had some already but next time I'll try freekeh.

    • ellwell on November 10, 2022

      I didn’t use the freeman either, because we had that for lunch. I subbed basmati rice (cooked in the instant pot with the collards using the rice setting and did not add extra water-just let the collards steam on top of the rice). I let the rice and collards cool in a bowl and added the rest. It was delicious and I would definitely make it again. What a great way to eat collards— way better than how I grew up eating them with bacon fat!

  • Mushrooms, sausage, and rigatoni

    • purrviciouz on August 05, 2020

      I was surprised how creamy the sauce was upon serving. It sort of reminded me of a stroganoff. The umami was very intense.

  • Parsnip, date, and hazelnut loaf cake with Meyer lemon glaze

    • breakthroughc on January 18, 2021

      This is really a great loaf cake that everyone really liked. You just can't tell them is is a parsnip cake before they taste it. It is super moist (mind, needed quite a bit of extra baking time) and great combination of flavors.

    • chef.j on June 26, 2021

      Didn't have enough lemon to zest so used 1/2 orange zest and 1/2 lemon zest. Remember to toast hazelnuts beforehand and use the food processor to finely chop them before using it for the parsnips (because it'll still be dry beforehand!). Chop the dates directly into the dry ingredients so you don't have to unclump them. Took longer than I expected to bake, used a 9x5 nonstick pan (recipe calls for 8x5). But this is REALLY good. You can find an online version of this recipe here:

  • Roasted summer squash with caper-raisin vinaigrette

    • jenburkholder on July 06, 2021

      I didn’t care for this. The anchovy was an off-putting note, and I didn’t feel the dressing went well with the squash and tomatoes. YMMV.

  • Crunchy mixed-bean salad with celery and tarragon

    • jenburkholder on August 26, 2021

      Didn’t care for this. Lots of ingredients I like, but came together as even less than the sum of its parts. Tarragon was overpowering and the whole thing felt unbalanced - needed a salty/umami component at the very least. Also needlessly fussy (who’s gonna chop parsley stems thinly like chives??)

  • Cold brine radishes

    • Samallyn6 on August 22, 2020

      I've made quite a few of these pickles, they are all great, but the radishes are my favorite!

  • Whipped feta

    • Ileana on July 01, 2021

      This is so delicious. I subbed this for the whipped ricotta called for in the recipe for Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage on pg 179. That was a great success. So delicious spread on crackers or on a sandwich. Yum.

  • Green garlic butter

    • allisonsemele on May 26, 2021

      McFadden's green garlic was likely smaller than what I had growing my garden, so mine is quite a bit greener than the photo--more like a tube of buttered garlic than the other way around. That said, it's incredibly delicious.

  • Cold brine spring onions

    • sayeater on October 07, 2021

      Made as component for a salad. Used red onion and they were delicious even after just 8 hrs. Good to keep a jar of these around.

  • Stewed collards with beans and a Parmigiano rind

    • kaityblueeyes on November 02, 2022

      This is a hearty dinner with some homemade bread. Flavor isn’t super strong but it is pretty good!

  • Mashed rutabaga with watercress and watercress butter

    • noraec on January 03, 2022

      I found this recipe almost inedible as written. Maybe I added too much watercress. Today I fried some of the leftovers up in olive oil until browned and added some cream— much improved!

  • Bitter greens salad with melted cheese

    • ellwell on January 12, 2023

      This was fine as a side. Nothing extraordinary.

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  • ISBN 10 1579656315
  • ISBN 13 9781579656317
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  • Published May 02 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 384
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Artisan

Publishers Text

James Beard Award Winner - Vegetable Focused 2018

Six seasons--each with its own character. The first vegetables of spring are all about tenderness and new growth. We’ve been eating sturdy winter fare for so long that slender, tender, and delicate is exactly what we need . . . a ripe juicy tomato would feel too much, too soon. Early summer steps up that game a bit--the flavors aren’t yet intense, but the fresh and green notes are deeper and all is livelier. Midsummer starts the flavor riot--more variety, more colors and textures.  Late summer is the lush period--the richest colors, most vibrant flavors, and sensuality. Then back to fall and winter, when life in the fields slows down.

In each of the six seasons, McFadden celebrates vegetables as only a chef with the soul and experience of a farmer can. Vegetables appear not only in their prime seasons but also in multiple seasons, because how you handle, say, a young spring carrot bears no relationship to what you do to storage carrots in winter.

McFadden’s intuitive feel for the way seasons affect flavor translates into recipes that coax out the best of each ingredient. The 225 fresh, modern, and entirely approachable recipes range from the raw to the cooked to the preserved. While 75 percent of the recipes are vegetarian, there are plenty in which meat, seafood, and poultry play a supporting role. All have that great vibrancy made possible by McFadden’s keen sense with seasoning, and his ability to get to deep and rich without the use of unnecessary fats. These are but a few of the many lessons taught in this beautifully photographed book.

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