Jamie’s Food Revolution

It’s Food Revolution week, so if you’re into Jamie Oliver, I’m sure you saw his fist gifs all over Facebook and Twitter. (I’m assuming Twitter. I’m still trying to figure out Twitter. I’m 40.) I grabbed this book after watching a few episodes of his food reality show in West Virginia. I was equally disgusted and fascinated with his demonstration of how chicken nuggets are made – and how the tv kids still liked them. But that was in 2010 and I was obsessing about which purees H would like the best. (Mango, if you really want to know.) Five years later I’m forced to admit that nothing has really changed.

The Recipes
Chicken Tikka Masala
Tikka Masala Paste
Light and Fluffy Rice
Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Bake
Evolution Carrot Salad
Dressed Asparagus
Buttered Spinach
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the kitchn cookbook

This is a fairly new addition to my collection. I picked it up in November 2014 as we were planning our kitchen remodel. If you haven’t already read the renovation story, you should check it out. Big changes! Anyway, I wasn’t familiar with http://www.thekitchn.com until I started reading the book – which I grabbed because it had some great pictures of kitchens in it. And if it had a few recipes – great! I had a lot of fun reading through the first half of the book – it’s actually a pretty innovative cookbook, depending on what you’re looking for – but didn’t really get fired up about cooking out of it until it recently won the 2015 James Beard award for best general cookbook. Congrats! Of course, I immediately decided it was my book of the week.

The Recipes
Fig and Almond Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes
Coconut Banana Bread
Overnight (No-Knead) Bread
Quick Sweet and Spicy Pickles
The Essential Kale Chip
Skillet Roasted Whole Chicken
Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with Pan Seared Chicken
Quick Sauteed Greens with Ginger
Citrusy Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, and Almonds
Perfected Chocolate Chip Cookies
Magic One-Ingredient Ice Cream
(I know, I did a lot this week. Maybe a bit overboard. But you’ll find out why.)
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And it begins…

I admit that I have more than 99 cookbooks. But after kicking off our renovations with breathing plaster, sweeping dust, and drinking a cold beer on a Friday night, 99 cookbooks on the wall seemed like a somewhat witty title. So, that’s where I’ll start!

My goal is to take down a cookbook, use it for a week, and provide ratings, reviews, and general thoughts about each cookbook. Real reviews from a real family. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes I’ll throw a little real life in there. And perhaps it will answer the question of “do you REALLY need another cookbook?” (YES!)