Wednesday, October 19, 2016
GOOD TASTE by Jane Green
From the back cover:
For New York Times bestselling author Jane Green, food is enjoyable because of the people surrounding it and the pleasures of hosting and nourishing those she cares about, body and soul. In her first cookbook, Good Taste, Jane shares tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy yet classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes, ranging from tempting hors d'oeuvres like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup, to mouthwatering one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken, to sinfully satisfying desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake.
This book is Jane's perfect recipe for making a wonderful life complete friends, loving family, and moments filled with good food, good times, and, of course, Good Taste.
Not only is Jane Green a New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, she is also a classically trained chef. So I jumped at the opportunity to read and review her beautiful new cookbook. I was not disappointed. Each recipe is accompanied by a story about its origin and a sumptuous photograph. It is conversational in style and great reading apart from being a great additional to my cookbook library. The day it arrived, I read it from cover to cover and decided to try this recipe first: Ginger and Honey Chicken with Soy.
Admittedly, my chicken looks nothing like the photograph in Good Taste. Those chicken breasts were garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro (not mentioned in the recipe), and there was no evidence of the "large onion, sliced." But our chicken, served up with generous portions of white rice and roasted broccoli, was tender, juicy and delicious; this recipe is definitely going into the monthly rotation. What next? Perhaps the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies...
NOTE: I received a copy of this book for FREE in exchange for a written review. There was no expectation that this review be either positive or negative, and I was not given any financial compensation to read the book or write the review. This information is disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.