I love cookbooks, but sometimes, the authors, if they happen to be professional chefs, too, forget that most readers, including myself, are not exactly culinary experts. So I appreciate books written by home chefs like me, i.e. people who love cooking for others and have some culinary experience but know how to truly share the tricks and tips of a good recipe with the home cook.
Chris Taylor is a musician, producer, songwriter, and member of the indie rock band Grizzly Bear. He's been cooking since age nine, and he's also worked at London's St. John Bread & Wine and Crimson Sparrow in Hudson, New York. His friend, Ithai Schori, is a photographer, videographer, and former restaurant cook. Together they teamed up to create Twenty Dinners.
This beautiful book is filled with smart techniques and culinary inspiration. In a style that's both laid-back and yet well curated, a presents menus in a way that makes recreating them in your own kitchen easy. More than 100 recipes are mapped out with gorgeous photos that will have you salivating and then heading straight to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients.
I love how the dinners are divided by the season, and feature everything from paired drinks to desserts to a variety of sides. If you're looking to throw a fabulous dinner party, or just an out-of-this-world Sunday dinner, choose one of the 20 dinners and you're done. This book take the guesswork out of creating a truly exceptional dinner party.
Though I already tested out one of the summer dinners, which featured a primer on grilling the best burgers ever, homemade mayo and a rocking potato salad, all paired with handcrafted bloody marys. I'm looking most forward to making good use of this book in the fall, when I hope to begin hosting a series of home dinner parties.
Check out Twenty Dinners and set a date for your next dinner party!