Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review: Michael Symon's 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book, but as always, all opinions are my own. 

If you're a working parent, you know how tough it can be to plan and shop for meals. Sometimes it seems easiest to throw in the towel and head to your nearest takeaway joint. Here's a solution for anyone who wants to get dinner - a simple, healthful, home-cooked dinner - on the table in a flash.


Michael Symon is an Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a James Beard Award Winner in addition to being both the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita, located in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Roast, in Detroit, Michigan. I think he knows a thing or two about the challenge of preparing a home-cooked dinner on the spot.

The book's formula keeps it easy:

5 fresh ingredients + 5 minutes of heat = 165 recipes

Knowing that I'll only need to pick up five ingredients and spend less than 15 minutes from grocery bag to table gives me more of a push. The recipes are all from scratch recipes and all super easy and fast. Symon even offers simple recipes for sides and holiday dishes, too

This book is a follow-up to the bestselling Michael Symon’s 5 in 5. The concept is the same but  this new book has a more seasonal approach: recipes are organized by season and there is an entire holiday focused section. I particularly appreciate the holiday section, which is the most hectic time of my year. The no-bake summer fruit desserts are perfect for those summer nights when you don't want to even think about turning on the oven range. 

Michael Symon's 5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon is a great pick for anyone who might not have the time but knows the importance of having a fresh, healthy dinner on those busy weeknights. 



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