Title: The New Newlywed Cookbook
Authors: Kenzie Swanhart & Julien Levesque
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“Spending time in the kitchen together is time we treasure because we connect and communicate in a special way. That is why we have specifically written these recipes for two people to cook together,” Kenzie Swanhart and Julien Levesque write in the introduction of their book, The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twelve-page paperback targets those who are interested in cooking with a spouse, partner, or another individual. After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections that contain one hundred recipes, followed by sauces and extras, measurement conversion tables, pesticides on food, index, acknowledgments, and the authors’ biographies.
The first chapter offers newly married people suggestions on what you need and will want in a kitchen and the ways to organize it as you feed each other and others. It also explains how the recipes are set up, complete with sous chef tasks, labels, and tips. The next chapter covers recipes for breakfast, quick bites, dinner, and desserts while the final part has recipes for easy, practical cocktail parties, brunches, barbeques, dinners, and feasts.
Each one-to-three-page recipe begins with its title, followed by serving size, preparation/cooking times, labels, and a descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are listed in order used on the left side of the page with numbered directions on the right side. Added often are boxed tips and instructions for the sous chef.
~ Why ~
Now that my husband and I are empty-nesters, we tend to make meals together so this is a lovely book for partners or those newly married. I like the idea of giving tasks to one of the cooks while the other prepares the next step or concoction.
Some of the notable recipes are Tomato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Omelets, Mixed Berry Dutch Baby, Chopped Kale Greek Salad, White Bean Hummus, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Carbonara Risotto, Cacio E Pepe, Shimp Pad Thai, Baked Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Coffee Creme Brulee, Stracciatella Semifreddo, Potato and Chorizo Bites, Prosecco Ice Pops, Mini-Avocado and Ricotta Toasts, Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee, Elote Corn Salad, Gochujang BBQ Chicken, Aperol Spritz, Trofie Al Pesto, Burrata and Fig Crostini, and Cranberry Mule.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like cooking, especially with someone else, may have no need for this book. Others may have issues with the many ingredients and more complicated instructions of some meals. Some may prefer recipes with caloric content due to dietary restrictions.
~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. Including calorie count would be ideal.
~ Want ~
If your mate/lover/friend and you want to cook together but do not know where to start or how, this is an excellent easy-to-follow cookbook although it does not have many pictures.
Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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