About Home Cooked
A recipe collection and how-to guide for preparing base ingredients that can be used to make simple, weeknight meals, while also teaching skills like building and cooking over a fire, and preserving meat and produce, written by a sustainable food expert and founder of Belcampo Meat Co.
Anya Fernald’s approach to cooking is anything but timid; rich sauces, meaty ragus, perfectly charred vegetables. And her execution is unfussy, with the singular goal of making delicious, exuberantly flavored, unpretentious food with the best ingredients. Inspired by the humble traditions of cucina povera, the frugal cooking of Italian peasants,
Anya brings a forgotten pragmatism to home cooking; making use of seasonal bounty by canning and preserving fruits and vegetables, salt curing fish, simmering flavorful broths with leftover bones, and transforming tough cuts of meat into supple stews and sauces with long cooking.
These building blocks become the basis for a kitchen repertoire that is inspired, thrifty, environmentally sound, and most importantly, bursting with flavor. Recipes like Red Pepper and Walnut Crema, Green Tomato and Caper Salad, Chickpea Torte, Cracked Crab with Lemon-Chile Vinaigrette, Veal Meatballs, Anise-Seed Breakfast Cookies, and Ligurian Sangria will add dimension and excitement to both weeknight meals and parties.
We all want to be better, more intuitive, more relaxed cooks—not just for the occasional dinner party, but every day. Punctuated by essays on the author’s approach to entertaining, cooking with cast-iron, and a primer on buying and cooking steak, Home Cooked is an antidote to the chef and restaurant books that leave you no roadmap for tonight’s dinner. With Home Cooked, Anya gives you the confidence, and the recipes, to love cooking again.
Many of us had that experience where we are searching for that new recipe, and we have tasted some simple dish out of a restaurant, and wondered how we could recreate it in our home kitchen? We have watched several cooking shows, and tried out various recipes from Pinterest. I think the answer to that question can be found in this absolute time saving book Home Cooked essential recipes for a new way to cook. I simply adore cooking healthy meals for my family. When I get a random chance to indulge in reading a wonderful recipe book and learn about new cooking methods for the family. My overall goal is to become a more relaxed, intuitive cook not just for an occasional dinner party, but for every day of the year.
Anya brings a forgotten pragmatism to home cooking: making use of seasonal bounty by canning and preserving fruits and vegetables. Anya brings to the table a delightful execution of cooking food from her own family background in the stories that she shares about her upbringing on each page of this magnificent cooking book.
During Anya’s time living in Italy she spent a lot of time cooking and eating with families. She was struck by how quickly and easily home cooks were able to create meals that had extraordinary depth of flavor, she was very inspired by what she learned in Italy. Anya spends energy on the preparation of a few base ingredients, while investing a chunk of time up front to stock pantry and freezer actually allows more time to prepare great food simply, quickly, and easily.
These building blocks become the basis for a kitchen repertoire that is inspired. thrifty, environmentally sound, and bursting with flavor! Anya is inspired by the humble traditions of cucina povera, the frugal cooking of Italian peasants. I feel that this makes her book of recipes unique from the novice cook to the seasoned professional homemaker and cook in every family.
I only desire to do better in the kitchen and create more captivating meals. Recipes like Red Pepper and Walnut Crema, Green Tomato and Caper Salad, Chickpea Torte, Cracked Crab with Lemon-Chile Vinagrette, Veal Meatballs, Anise-Seed Breakfast cookies, and Liguarian Sangria will add a bit of dimension and excitement to both weeknight and meals parties. If there is one book you buy this year, let it be Home Cooked.
It will rejuvenate your passion for cooking. This book is a simple reminder of the excitement and deliciousness of handmade food, from the early preparation of ingredients, to memorable food that comes from the home kitchen. Anya’s recipes are not complicated, but full of practical advice, straightforward and unique dishes for adding just the right flavor to your next Italian dish. It’s a wonderful debut, full of personal stories, great recipes, and the photographs are stunning as you turn through each page. One of the best cook books of the year!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.