I buy at least one cookbook every month. For me, they are one of life’s greatest comforts especially when filled to the brim with beautiful photographs, touches of nostalgia and hinting of flavors bursting from the page. With all of these cookbooks gracing my shelves, I thought I’d start a new series of cookbook reviews. You never know which cookbooks will stand the test of treasured times or find the dust of a recycled past.
Cookbook: Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from my Home to Yours
Author: Ali Larter with Tracy Zahoryin
Photographs by: Amy Neunsinger
Published: September 2013
First thoughts, this cookbook is beautiful with a touch of movie star class. From the first line, you instantly feel the reveler tagline defined as “one part Zen master, one part MacGyver, two parts Rita Hayworth.” The script begins with the September leaves turning red and end with a midsummer’s August dream. The stage is organized by month with actors dancing to dinner party themed menus. The trailer promises a whimsical reverie filled with celebrations, revelations, and inspiration.
The culinary collection housed within are clearly inspired by the
author’s cinematic background and expertly photographed by Amy Neunsinger. Afterall, recettes are nothing more than a chef’s personal Director. With the help of a little lights, camera, action, anyone can bring their tastes to life! I knew within 5 pages that I would treasure this cookbook. The photographs are impeccable, the recipes accessible and the directions are easy to follow. Given that I instantly recognized this one as a keeper, I chose simpler flavors to test its kitchen prowess.
Buttermilk Ranch Wedge: This is not your restaurant style ranch which is more flavored buttermilk. Instead, here you will find a bouquet of fresh herbs swimming in a creamy buttermilk served over simple Iceberg Lettuce. It’s an interesting choice. This recipe lets the light lettuce highlight the herbal essence of the ranch dressing. What’s more, you can
make and store the ranch dressing in a Mason jar.
Spiced Chai: A vintage Russian treat made in an Oklahoma kitchen. A simple delicious revelation. (I posted my version of this recipe under Tealightful Crumpets.)
In summary, worth every penny. As a cookbook reveler, I’d personally like to thank Mesdames Larter, Zahoryin and Neunsinger for a truly memorable read. I look forward to the next Kitchen Revelation!